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Bon Iver

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Bon Iver is the name singer/songwriter Justin Vernon chose for his solo project when he retreated to a cabin in Wisconsin during 2006. He emerged from the isolation with an album -- For Emma, Forever Ago -- that became an indie folk touchstone. The gentle strumming of acoustic guitars, subtle arrangements, and Vernon's swooning falsetto combined to create a mood that felt like backwoods Radiohead recorded by candlelight. It was a sound that resonated with a great many people, and Vernon became something of a bearded sensation -- feted by outlets as diverse as Mojo and Late Night with David Letterman, and collaborating with Kanye West (the first of many hookups with hip-hop artists through the following years). For 2011's Bon Iver, Vernon swung away from the hushed intimacy of the first LP in favor of a bigger, near-orchestral sound that had elements of late-night R&B as well. He then took a detour into jagged electronica on 2016's 22, A Million before blending the various streams of the Bon Iver sound into a cohesive whole on 2019's I, I, an album that featured almost 50 musicians.

The Bon Iver story begins with the breakup of Justin Vernon's indie folk band DeYarmond Edison. Although formed in Wisconsin, the band had decamped to Raleigh, North Carolina before dissolving due to artistic differences. Vernon moved back to Wisconsin, setting up camp in a remote cabin in the north woods for three months. It was a hugely generative period for Vernon; he wrote and recorded introspective and emotionally wracked songs in 12-hour bursts and found himself with a nine-song debut album by spring. He dubbed the project Bon Iver (an intentional misspelling of the French phrase "bon hiver," meaning "good winter"), and the disc, For Emma, Forever Ago, was released on Jagjaguwar in early 2008.

Joined in his live shows by Sean Carey, Vernon toured the eastern U.S. and Canada throughout the remainder of the year, sharing the stage with like-minded singer/songwriter Elvis Perkins. As the year progressed, the album became quite popular with both the buying public and critics, eventually landing on a number of "best-of 2008" year-end lists. In January 2009, Bon Iver returned with an EP of old and new songs titled Blood Bank. One of Vernon's fans turned out to be Kanye West, who brought him to Hawaii later that year to add vocals to a couple tracks on West's 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. When it came time to return to Vernon's own music, he continued stretching his legs by composing orchestral, lushly arranged folk songs that turned their back on For Emma's intimate sound. The new tunes were released the following summer as Bon Iver. It received generally positive reviews, topped the album charts in several countries, and hit number two in America. In February 2012, Bon Iver won two Grammy Awards: Best Alternative Album and Best New Artist.

After a year of touring, Vernon dropped a bombshell, stating in an interview that Bon Iver was "winding down" and he'd be working on other projects instead. The first of these was his blues-based group, the Shouting Matches, who played a set at 2013's Coachella Festival. Later that year another of his bands, Volcano Choir, released their second album, Repave, and Vernon appeared on Kanye West's Yeezus. It turned out that Bon Iver wasn't as wound down as it seemed, and the project sporadically surfaced over the next couple years, with the band providing a cover of Peter Gabriel's "Come Talk to Me" on the singer's 2013 album And I'll Scratch Yours, and landing the new song "Heavenly Father" on the soundtrack to the 2014 film Wish I Was Here. After yet another statement saying that Bon Iver wasn't working on anything new, the band appeared at the festival Vernon co-curated with the National's Aaron Dessner, Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, and performed two new songs.

Finally, in early 2016, Vernon went on record saying Bon Iver was actually still a going concern, and a new album was in the works. He also showed up on James Blake's album The Colour in Anything in March, co-writing a song. At the 2016 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, held in August, Bon Iver played a set made up of all-new songs and the next day announced a new album, 22, A Million. It was released on Jagjaguwar in September 2016 and mostly eschewed Vernon's beginnings in favor of a chopped-up, dramatic indie folktronica sound. 22, A Million was nominated for a 2017 Best Alternative Music Album Grammy Award.

Vernon and the Bon Iver live group (which consisted of Sean Carey, Matthew McCaughan, Mike Lewis, and Andrew Fitzpatrick) began introducing new songs into their concerts in 2018. They played a variety of festivals and shows, often accompanied by the dance troupe TU Dance. Meanwhile, Vernon and a very large cast of musicians and singers -- who included Moses Sumney, Jenn Wasner, Bruce Hornsby, and James Blake -- worked on an album that incorporated some of the electronic feel of 22, A Million while also reaching back to the full sound of the second Bon Iver album. After a short promotional run-up that included surprise releases and striking videos featuring members of TU Dance, I, I was released in August of 2019. It received Grammy nominations for Album of the Year and Best Alternative Music Album, as well as Record of the Year for the track "Hey, Ma." 2021 saw Vernon team up with composer Nicholas Britell for the song "Second Nature," which appeared on the soundtrack for the Adam McKay-directed film Don't Look Up. ~ Tim Sendra, Rovi

Total plays

6.1 billion
Updated on 2024-07-22

Country

United States

Monthly listeners

16,681,506

Followers

3,606,879

Top Cities

  1. United Kingdom
    256,423 listeners
  2. Australia
    278,856 listeners
  3. Australia
    233,277 listeners
  4. United States
    197,815 listeners
  5. United States
    175,684 listeners

Most popular tracks

Track Plays Duration Release date
exile (feat. Bon Iver)
exile (feat. Bon Iver)
774,529,778 4:46 2020-07-24
Skinny Love
Skinny Love
643,623,736 3:59 2008-02-19
Rosyln
Rosyln
463,779,435 4:50 2009-10-09
Holocene
Holocene
442,874,679 5:37 2011-06-21
Monster - Album Version (Edited)
Monster - Album Version (Edited)
365,560,525 6:19 2010-01-01
Re: Stacks
Re: Stacks
241,129,388 6:41 2008-02-19
Beach Baby
Beach Baby
229,192,032 2:37 2009-01-20
evermore (feat. Bon Iver)
evermore (feat. Bon Iver)
220,331,080 5:04 2020-12-10
Flume
Flume
167,054,209 3:39 2008-02-19
Wash.
Wash.
150,001,455 4:59 2011-06-21
Blood Bank
Blood Bank
136,230,091 4:44 2009-01-20
For Emma
For Emma
131,275,236 3:41 2008-02-19
Hey, Ma
Hey, Ma
123,319,979 3:37 2019-08-09
Lost In The World - Album Version (Edited)
Lost In The World - Album Version (Edited)
105,266,379 4:17 2010-01-01
Towers
Towers
100,200,178 3:08 2011-06-21
33 “GOD”
33 “GOD”
88,051,088 3:33 2016-09-30
Boys Of Faith (feat. Bon Iver)
Boys Of Faith (feat. Bon Iver)
85,668,374 2:51 2023-09-21
Perth
Perth
80,694,344 4:22 2011-06-21
I Need A Forest Fire
I Need A Forest Fire
79,022,473 4:17 2016-05-05
29 #Strafford APTS
29 #Strafford APTS
72,412,100 4:05 2016-09-30
The Wolves (Act I and II)
The Wolves (Act I and II)
70,312,597 5:22 2008-02-19
Friends (feat. Bon Iver)
Friends (feat. Bon Iver)
62,904,567 3:08 2016-07-01
Blindsided
Blindsided
60,686,578 5:29 2008-02-19
8 (circle)
8 (circle)
60,680,193 5:09 2016-09-30
Lump Sum
Lump Sum
59,472,796 3:21 2008-02-19
Michicant
Michicant
55,845,282 3:46 2011-06-21
22 (OVER S∞∞N)
22 (OVER S∞∞N)
52,844,145 2:48 2016-09-30
Minnesota, WI
Minnesota, WI
50,801,830 3:52 2011-06-21
Creature Fear
Creature Fear
50,581,169 3:06 2008-02-19
Calgary
Calgary
48,829,045 4:10 2011-06-21
715 - CR∑∑KS
715 - CR∑∑KS
48,431,081 2:12 2016-09-30
exile (feat. Bon Iver) - the long pond studio sessions
exile (feat. Bon Iver) - the long pond studio sessions
47,689,327 4:40 2020-11-25
666 ʇ
666 ʇ
43,186,192 4:12 2016-09-30
Beth/Rest
Beth/Rest
41,777,896 5:17 2011-06-21
Hinnom, TX
Hinnom, TX
38,880,652 2:45 2011-06-21
00000 Million
00000 Million
35,264,884 3:54 2016-09-30
Faith
Faith
33,680,566 3:38 2019-08-09
Team
Team
32,141,928 1:57 2008-02-19
Naeem
Naeem
29,895,280 4:22 2019-08-09
Weird Goodbyes
Weird Goodbyes
29,244,471 5:03 2022-08-22
Lisbon, OH
Lisbon, OH
28,555,311 1:33 2011-06-21
U (Man Like)
U (Man Like)
26,490,409 2:26 2019-08-09
10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄
10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄
26,034,058 2:24 2016-09-30
____45_____
____45_____
25,876,740 2:46 2016-09-30
iMi
iMi
24,919,833 3:16 2019-08-09
AUATC
AUATC
24,641,945 2:22 2020-08-06
Woods
Woods
23,013,163 4:45 2009-01-20
21 M◊◊N WATER
21 M◊◊N WATER
22,033,229 3:08 2016-09-30
Fall Creek Boys Choir
Fall Creek Boys Choir
19,697,954 4:34 2011-01-01
RABi
RABi
19,583,477 3:32 2019-08-09
Marion
Marion
19,357,991 2:22 2019-08-09
PDLIF
PDLIF
18,136,163 2:57 2020-04-17
Salem
Salem
17,525,318 3:45 2019-08-09
22 (OVER S∞∞N) - Bob Moose Extended Cab Version
22 (OVER S∞∞N) - Bob Moose Extended Cab Version
15,693,714 3:23 2016-08-12
Holyfields,
Holyfields,
14,877,273 3:08 2019-08-09
We
We
14,821,191 2:23 2019-08-09
Babys
Babys
14,013,394 4:41 2009-01-20
Sh'Diah
Sh'Diah
13,106,008 4:12 2019-08-09
Jelmore
Jelmore
12,025,063 2:30 2019-08-09
Second Nature
Second Nature
9,601,273 4:02 2021-12-10
Yi
Yi
9,175,745 0:32 2019-08-09
Jeanie (feat. Bon Iver)
Jeanie (feat. Bon Iver)
6,986,809 2:48 2020-09-29
Heart of Gold (with Bon Iver)
Heart of Gold (with Bon Iver)
6,814,174 2:52 2023-06-02
Come Talk To Me
Come Talk To Me
5,775,170 6:20 2010-02-12
Do You Need Power? (Walk Out Music)
Do You Need Power? (Walk Out Music)
5,573,669 1:56 2018-11-16
So Unimportant
So Unimportant
5,478,730 4:23 2022-03-16
Brackett, WI
Brackett, WI
5,311,189 4:03 2009-02-16
10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄ - Extended Version
10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄ - Extended Version
5,227,945 2:58 2016-08-12
Down In The Willow Garden
Down In The Willow Garden
4,722,597 4:16 2012-01-01
I Can't Make You Love Me - AIR Studios – 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session
I Can't Make You Love Me - AIR Studios – 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session
3,561,733 4:47 2022-03-25
Blood Bank - Live From Ericsson Globe, Stockholm SE, Oct 31 2018
Blood Bank - Live From Ericsson Globe, Stockholm SE, Oct 31 2018
3,170,552 5:45 2020-03-27
Babys - AIR Studios – 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session
Babys - AIR Studios – 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session
2,477,480 6:13 2022-03-25
Beth/Rest - AIR Studios – 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session
Beth/Rest - AIR Studios – 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session
2,254,120 6:44 2022-03-25
Short And Sweet - Bon Iver Remix
Short And Sweet - Bon Iver Remix
2,089,258 3:53 2020-09-17
Beach Baby - Live from The Bomb Factory, Dallas TX, Jan 23 2018
Beach Baby - Live from The Bomb Factory, Dallas TX, Jan 23 2018
1,465,400 3:04 2020-03-27
Wash. - AIR Studios – 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session
Wash. - AIR Studios – 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session
1,357,726 5:24 2022-03-25
Ever New - Reworked by Bon Iver & Flock of Dimes Single Version
Ever New - Reworked by Bon Iver & Flock of Dimes Single Version
969,436 6:23 2021-10-20
I'll Pretend
I'll Pretend
944,835 4:25 2018-06-08
On Wrong Side (with Bon Iver)
On Wrong Side (with Bon Iver)
940,874 2:43 2023-10-06
Woods - Live from Pitchfork Paris Presented by La Blogothèque, Nov 3 2018
Woods - Live from Pitchfork Paris Presented by La Blogothèque, Nov 3 2018
816,499 3:27 2020-03-27
Babys - Live from Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London UK, Mar 4 2018
Babys - Live from Eventim Apollo Hammersmith, London UK, Mar 4 2018
701,839 6:21 2020-03-27
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude
Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude
621,608 14:40 2021-02-12
Ashes in the Air (feat. Bon Iver)
Ashes in the Air (feat. Bon Iver)
603,448 6:13 2012-06-25
Ever New - Reworked by Bon Iver & Flock of Dimes
Ever New - Reworked by Bon Iver & Flock of Dimes
578,599 6:24 2021-10-20
Hinnom, TX - AIR Studios – 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session
Hinnom, TX - AIR Studios – 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session
540,213 3:45 2022-03-25
Marvel Room (feat. Bon Iver)
Marvel Room (feat. Bon Iver)
375,474 3:04 2023-08-11
Kindness Will Follow Your Tears
Kindness Will Follow Your Tears
201,687 4:37 2023-03-10
Worried Mind
Worried Mind
16,944 3:27 2023-08-18
Flume - Arr. for Piano
Flume - Arr. for Piano
2,823 4:07 2023-03-17

New releases

Boys Of Faith (feat. Bon Iver)
Boys Of Faith (feat. Bon Iver)
2023-09-21
[Warner Records]
Heart of Gold (with Bon Iver)
Heart of Gold (with Bon Iver)
2023-06-02
[P2023]
Bon Iver (10th Anniversary Edition)
Bon Iver (10th Anniversary Edition)
2022-03-25
[4AD]
Bon Iver (10th Anniversary Edition)
Bon Iver (10th Anniversary Edition)
2022-03-25
[Jagjaguwar]
So Unimportant
So Unimportant
2022-03-16
[Psychic Hotline]
Ever New (Reworked by Bon Iver & Flock Of Dimes)
Ever New (Reworked by Bon Iver & Flock Of Dimes)
2021-10-20
[Transgressive]
Beth/Rest (AIR Studios – 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session)
Beth/Rest (AIR Studios – 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session)
2021-10-11
[4AD]
Babys (AIR Studios – 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session)
Babys (AIR Studios – 4AD/Jagjaguwar Session)
2021-08-16
[4AD]
AUATC
AUATC
2020-08-06
[Jagjaguwar]
PDLIF
PDLIF
2020-04-17
[Jagjaguwar]
Blood Bank EP (10th Anniversary Edition)
Blood Bank EP (10th Anniversary Edition)
2020-03-27
[Jagjaguwar]
i,i
i,i
2019-08-09
[Jagjaguwar]
22, A Million
22, A Million
2016-09-30
[Jagjaguwar]
22/10
22/10
2016-08-12
[Jagjaguwar]
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
2011-06-21
[Jagjaguwar]
Blood Bank
Blood Bank
2009-01-20
[Jagjaguwar]
For Emma, Forever Ago
For Emma, Forever Ago
2008-02-19
[Jagjaguwar]