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Stressed Out is a song by Twenty One Pilots. It is the second track on their fourth studio album, Blurryface. "Stressed Out" is the most well-known song by the music duo, topping many American charts.

It served as the third single from the album, released on April 28, 2015. The video was released the day before on Fueled by Ramen's YouTube channel.

Official Video

Twenty one pilots Stressed Out OFFICIAL VIDEO03:46

Twenty one pilots Stressed Out OFFICIAL VIDEO

Background

"Stressed Out" discusses Joseph's desire to return to his childhood years, where things were less complicated. As an adult, he's stressed out, and is constantly forced to make decisions regarding finances, jobs, and growing up.

Chart performance

In the United States, "Stressed Out" climbed 13–9 for the chart dated January 16, 2016, becoming the group's first top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track topped Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart for a second week, led the Alternative Songs Airplay chart for a ninth week, also crossing over to mainstream audiences, rising 14–13 on the Mainstream Top 40 and bulleting at number 20 on Adult Top 40.

For the chart issue dated January 30, 2016, the song ascended 5–4 on the Hot 100. The single entered the top 10 on both Radio Songs and Streaming Songs. A commissioned house remix by Dave Winnel helped the single reach number nine on Dance/Mix Show Airplay in its February 13, 2016 issue.

The song reached number 2 in its 21st week on the Hot 100, behind "Love Yourself" by Justin Bieber. The single, which led Billboard's Hot Rock Songs chart for an eighth week, is the first title that has also appeared on Hot Rock Songs to rank in the Hot 100's top two in more than a year, since Hozier's "Take Me to Church" spent its third and final week at its number 2 peak on the January 3, 2015, Hot 100.

"Stressed Out" is the first former Alternative Songs number one to top Mainstream Top 40 in more than two-and-a-half-years, since Lorde's "Royals" in 2013. It was the first by a duo or group to do so in nearly four years, since Fun's "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monáe) in 2012.

In the United Kingdom, "Stressed Out" became the duo's first single to chart on the UK Singles Chart, debuting at number thirty four and peaking at number twelve.

Live performances

Twenty One Pilots performed "Stressed Out" on Late Night with Seth Meyers on September 14, 2015. The song was part of their setlist at Lollapalooza 2015. Twenty One Pilots performed "Stressed Out" on their 2016 Emotional Roadshow World Tour in Ohio, Tyler Joseph, the lead singer of the band changed the lyrics of the first verse, however. In the changed lyrics, he talked about how fans of the band thought the song was overplayed, and the success of the song.

Track listing

No. Track Writers Length
1. Stressed Out Tyler Joseph 3:22
2. Stressed Out (Dave Winnel Remix) Joseph 4:23

Lyrics

I wish I found some better sounds no one's ever heard
I wish I had a better voice that sang some better words
I wish I found some chords in an order that is new
I wish I didn't have to rhyme every time I sang

I was told when I get older all my fears would shrink
But now I'm insecure and I care what people think.

My name's Blurryface and I care what you think.
My name's Blurryface and I care what you think.

Wish we could turn back time, to the good ol' days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we're stressed out.
Wish we could turn back time, to the good ol' days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we're stressed out.

We're stressed out.

Sometimes a certain smell will take me back to when I was young
How come I'm never able to identify where it's coming from
I'd make a candle out of it if I ever found it
Try to sell it, never sell out of it, I'd probably only sell one

It'd be to my brother, 'cause we have the same nose
Same clothes homegrown a stone's throw from a creek we used to roam
But it would remind us of when nothing really mattered
Out of student loans and treehouse homes we all would take the latter.

My name's Blurryface and I care what you think.
My name's Blurryface and I care what you think.

Wish we could turn back time, to the good ol' days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we're stressed out.
Wish we could turn back time, to the good ol' days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we're stressed out.

We used to play pretend, give each other different names
We would build a rocket ship and then we'd fly it far away
Used to dream of outer space but now they're laughing at our face
Saying, "Wake up, you need to make money."

We used to play pretend, give each other different names
We would build a rocket ship and then we'd fly it far away
Used to dream of outer space but now they're laughing at our face
Saying, "Wake up, you need to make money."

Wish we could turn back time, to the good ol' days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we're stressed out.
Wish we could turn back time, to the good ol' days
When our momma sang us to sleep but now we're stressed out.

Used to play pretend, used to play pretend, bunny
We used to play pretend, wake up, you need the money
Used to play pretend, used to play pretend, bunny
We used to play pretend, wake up, you need the money
We used to play pretend, give each other different names
We would build a rocket ship and then we'd fly it far away
Used to dream of outer space but now they're laughing at our face
Saying, "Wake up, you need to make money."

Credits

Writers and producers Tyler Joseph and Mike Elizondo
Recorded at Can Am Tarzana, CA Us
Engineered by Adam Hawkins
Assisted by Brent Arrowood
Keyboards Tyler Joseph and Mike Elizondo
Drums Josh Dun
Upright Bass Mike Elizondo
Vocals Tyler Joseph
Programming Tyler Joseph and Mike Elizondo
Mixed by Neal Avron at The Casita Hollywood, CAUs
Mix engineer assistant Scott Skrzynski
Mastered by Chris Gheringer at Sterling Sound, New York, NYUs
Published by
  • Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp (BMI) / Fueled By Music (BMI) / Stryker Joseph Music (BMI)
  • All rights on behalf of itself and Stryker Joseph Music
  • Administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp
Twenty One Pilots
About Twenty One PilotsTyler JosephJosh Dun
Albums Twenty One Pilots (album)Regional at BestVesselBlurryface
EPs Three Songs (EP)Migraine (EP)Holding On To You (EP)Quiet Is Violent (EP)The LC LPDouble Sided
Singles Holding On To YouGuns for HandsHouse of GoldCar RadioFairly LocalTear In My HeartStressed OutLane BoyRideHeathensHeavydirtysoul
Tours Mostly November TourBlurryface World TourEmotional Roadshow World Tour

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