Also Available in iTunes About Snow Patrol Scottish-Irish alt-rock outfit Snow Patrol broke into the mainstream with their major-label debut, Final Straw, a collection of earnest tunes aligned with the sounds of contemporaries like Coldplay, Keane, and Travis. They followed with the success of 's Eyes Open -- which featured the international hit single "Chasing Cars" -- paving the way for the band's U.
Background It has been reported that lead singer Gary Lightbody wrote the song, sober after a binge of white wine , in the garden of producer of the song Jacknife Lee's Kent cottage. There's no knife-in-the-back twist. When I read these lyrics back, I was like, 'Oh, that's weird.
You'll never catch it and you just wouldn't know what to do with it if you did. The song was also performed as the last live performance on long-running music programme Top of the Pops. The band also performed the song when they were the musical guest on 17 March episode of Saturday Night Live , hosted by Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
Additionally, the band played the song live in their appearance at Live Earth ; on 7 July , this song was performed during the London leg of the Live Earth concert at Wembley Stadium and at Oxegen later on that night in Ireland. Several weeks later, the song appeared on the second-season finale of Grey's Anatomy on 15 May , and the song found a larger listening audience and pushed its way onto the download and pop charts in the United States.
The song was made into a music video for the show, serving as a promotion for its third season. The music video shows scenes from the first and second seasons as well as previously unseen scenes from the third season, with clips in-between from the UK music video of the song.
It was heard again in the eighteenth episode of the show's seventh season on 31 March , along with the cast's cover of Brandi Carlile's " The Story " and The Fray's " How to Save a Life ".
Music video There are two music videos: In the UK music video, Gary Lightbody lies on the open ground as cameras film him from different angles. It starts raining, splashing his face and hands.
Lightbody enters a pool of water next to him and, at the end of the video, he gets out of the water, rises to his feet and looks up at the camera as it zooms out overhead.
In the US music video, Lightbody is shown lying down in busy places while singing. People ignore him and step over him. Among the places he lies are a diner, an intersection, the top of an escalator, a subway car, the top of a hill overlooking a highway and, at the end, a bed. Critical reception Billboard magazine's Sven Phillip found "Chasing Cars" to be the only song on Eyes Open which was "not to be missed".
He called it a "catchy, colossal ballad that succeeds without any fireworks". Music 's Adam Webb, however, had mixed feelings for the single, when he awarded it 5 stars out of 10, saying it was a "misguided attempt to recreate its breast-beating slo-motion scarf-waving formula. The video failed to catch on, regardless, so a third version was filmed for the edited single version of the song. On 13 September , the song soared in the digital music charts to become the most-downloaded song in the U.
The song was released as a download-only single on 17 July and entered the UK Singles Chart in the week ending 29 July at number 25 on the strength of download sales alone. Its physical release on 24 July pushed the song up to number 15, peaking six weeks later at number 6. However, seven weeks after that, in November the CD single was deleted and, under the chart rules prevailing at that time, the song was removed from the chart two weeks after that, having clocked up 17 weeks in total.
It was then absent from the chart for seven weeks, but in January , a change to the chart rules meant that all downloads, with or without a physical equivalent, were now eligible to chart. After a three-week absence, in January it was back again, for 13 weeks this time, peaking at No. It then bowed out for a third time, re-entered the top 75 in June, August, October and November , November , January and December , and March, July and December , and re-entered again on 24 August , charting at No.
Only for 14 weeks out of those was a physical copy of "Chasing Cars" officially available. It has also spent weeks on the Top The song peaked at No. It was the fourth best selling digital single of in the UK, totalling , legal downloads, and is the UK's 26th most downloaded song of all time.
As of February , the song has sold 3,, copies in the US.
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Background It has been reported that lead singer Gary Lightbody wrote the song, sober after a binge of white wine , in the garden of producer of the song Jacknife Lee's Kent cottage. There's no knife-in-the-back twist.