The Killers’ hit Mr Brightside earns two new Guinness World Records

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11 Jul 2024, 13:47

The Killers onstage.

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Not only has Mr Brightside just become a surprise anthem for England’s Euro 2024 campaign, but the song has smashed a couple of new Guinness World Records as well.

The Killers were in the midst of a show at London’s O2 on Wednesday night (10th July), when England were playing the Netherlands in their crucial Euro 24 semi-final. The group paused their gig to show footage of the closing moments of the match, before launching into a massive, celebratory singalong of Mr Brightside at the final whistle. 

And it turns out that the song - which first landed in 2003 and was then re-released in 2004 - has also just reached a couple of big new milestones. 



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As of 4th July, the banging track has spent a whopping total of 416 weeks on the UK singles chart, which is the longest by any group.

It is also the song that has spent the most cumulative weeks on the UK singles chart. This totals almost eight years.

These two new milestones add to the fact that in May the indie anthem became the UK’s official biggest single of all time yet to reach Number One. It overtook Wonderwall from Oasis in the process.

Speaking to Guinness World Records about the song - which featured on the band’s debut album, Hot Fuss - frontman Brandon Flowers said of the song: “It’s infectious still to us, I know some people can’t wrap their head around it but you’ll see the response [when you see it live].

“It’s tough not to be touched by it or be excited by it and there’s going to be people tonight who’ve never seen it live, there’ll be some people who’ve seen it 45 times. And we just don’t get tired of it.”

Drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr. added: “We start it and then we enjoy the ride and then one of us has to stop it, it’s one of those kind of songs.

“It’s a highly reciprocal thing that happens and we enjoy the ride just as much as they do.”

Guitarist Dave Keuning added: “I think we imagined it but until we got the whole thing started, you never know. There’s no guarantees.”

Watch The Killers raise the roof at The O2 as they helped fans celebrate England’s thrilling 2-1 win over Netherlands here.