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Vampire Weekend

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Mixing well-read indie rock with Afro-pop, ska, hip-hop, '80s pop, and more, Vampire Weekend has helped define the sound of indie music from the 2000s onward. After establishing the foundations of their lively, literate style with 2008's Vampire Weekend, they quickly grew from music blog favorites into a chart-topping act: They're the first indie group to have two consecutive albums (2010's Contra and 2013's Modern Vampires of the City, their first Grammy-winning album) enter the Billboard 200 at number one. On each of their albums, Vampire Weekend complemented their signature sound with ever-evolving sounds and ideas. They folded jam-rock and psychedelic soul into their wide-open musings on the complexity of everyday life in the 21st century on 2019's Father of the Bride and distilled their memories of a bygone New York City into the densely layered reflections of 2024's Only God Was Above Us.

Vocalist/guitarist Ezra Koenig, drummer Chris Baio, multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij, and bassist Chris Tomson met when they were finishing up their studies at Columbia University. They formed Vampire Weekend in early 2006 out of Koenig and Tomson's hip-hop collaboration L'Homme Run. Taking their name from a short film Koenig worked on during the summer between his freshman and sophomore years, the band started out by playing gigs at the university's literary societies and at parties. The following year, they issued their self-released eponymous EP as well as the "Mansard Roof" single on Abeano Records and the "A-Punk/Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" single on Free News Projects. Praise from music blogs led to several appearances at that year's CMJ Music Marathon, and Vampire Weekend signed with XL Recordings soon after. The label reissued "Mansard Roof," and the group began recording their debut album in locations ranging from a barn to the bandmembers' apartments to Brooklyn's Tree Fort studio.

Arriving in January 2008, Vampire Weekend was one of the year's most popular indie releases, debuting within the Top 20 of both the American and U.K. album charts and ultimately earning Platinum certification in both countries; meanwhile, the singles "A-Punk" and "Oxford Comma" also charted in the U.S. and the U.K. The band then toured for the better part of two years, while Batmanglij gathered additional accolades by releasing an album with Discovery, his electro side project with Ra Ra Riot's Wes Miles. During this time, Vampire Weekend returned to the studio to record their second album, Contra, which arrived in January 2010. Featuring the singles "Horchata" and "Cousins," the LP debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Music Album. Contra was certified Gold in the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia, and earned Diamond certification for its sales throughout Europe.

Late in 2011, the band returned to the studio to record their third long-player with Ariel Rechtshaid, who co-produced the album with Batmanglij. The group wrote and recorded the album at New York's SlowDeath Studios, Hollywood's Vox Recording Studios, and Batmanglij's New York apartment. Described by Koenig as a darker, more organic set of songs, Modern Vampires of the City was released in May 2013. Like Contra, the album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 -- making Vampire Weekend the first rock band on an independent label to enter the charts at number one with two consecutive albums -- and it also won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album in 2014. Also like its predecessor, Modern Vampires of the City was certified Gold in the U.S., U.K., and Canada.

Early in 2016, Batmanglij announced he had left Vampire Weekend but would continue to play with them in the future. That year, the band began work on their fourth album with collaborators including Rechtshaid, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Danielle Haim, and Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth. Early in 2019, Vampire Weekend released several pairs of songs, including February's "Harmony Hall" and "2021," before the arrival of the double album Father of the Bride that May on the Columbia Records imprint Spring Snow. The LP topped the Billboard 200 and received nominations for both Album of the Year and Best Alternative Music Album at the 2020 Grammy Awards. The band commissioned jazz saxophonist Sam Gendel and jam band Goose to create epic, all-new versions of the track "2021" from Father of the Bride. The resulting 40:42 arrived, appropriately, in 2021. It topped the Billboard 200 and received Grammy nominations for Album of the Year and Best Alternative Music Album, winning in the latter category. Vampire Weekend commissioned jazz saxophonist Sam Gendel and the jam band Goose to create reimaginings of the Father of the Bride track "2021" that were each twenty minutes and twenty-one seconds long; the resulting 40:42 arrived, appropriately, in 2021. While the band worked on its next album, they issued vinyl releases of Father of the Bride shows as Frog on the Bass Drum Vol. 1 and Frog on the Bass Drum Vol. 2. Appearing in May 2023, Only God Was Above Us was co-produced by Koenig and Rechtshaid and channeled memories of New York City in the late 1990s and early 2000s with its noisy experimental pop.~ Heather Phares

Total plays

2.5 billion
Updated on 2024-07-21

Country

United States

Monthly listeners

5,910,563

Followers

1,955,055

Top Cities

  1. United Kingdom
    135,743 listeners
  2. United States
    88,742 listeners
  3. Australia
    82,673 listeners
  4. United States
    96,892 listeners
  5. United States
    89,243 listeners

Most popular tracks

Track Plays Duration Release date
A-Punk
A-Punk
480,441,672 2:18 2008-01-27
Campus
Campus
146,137,302 2:56 2008-01-27
Unbelievers
Unbelievers
123,330,982 3:23 2013-05-08
Oxford Comma
Oxford Comma
121,110,064 3:16 2008-01-27
Harmony Hall
Harmony Hall
111,097,793 5:08 2019-05-03
Step
Step
109,927,600 4:12 2013-05-08
This Life
This Life
106,809,770 4:29 2019-05-03
Diane Young
Diane Young
86,737,220 2:40 2013-03-25
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
57,918,882 3:35 2008-01-27
Sunflower (feat. Steve Lacy)
Sunflower (feat. Steve Lacy)
55,438,132 2:18 2019-05-03
Hannah Hunt
Hannah Hunt
53,044,715 3:58 2013-05-08
Holiday
Holiday
45,989,081 2:18 2010-01-11
White Sky
White Sky
43,251,609 2:59 2010-01-11
Horchata
Horchata
42,472,716 3:27 2010-01-11
Cousins
Cousins
41,779,583 2:25 2009-11-17
Giving Up the Gun
Giving Up the Gun
41,122,487 4:46 2010-01-11
Mansard Roof
Mansard Roof
38,372,365 2:08 2007-10-22
Ya Hey
Ya Hey
35,193,290 5:13 2013-05-08
Walcott
Walcott
33,049,957 3:42 2008-01-27
M79
M79
30,691,624 4:16 2008-01-27
Obvious Bicycle
Obvious Bicycle
28,565,851 4:11 2013-05-08
Diplomat's Son
Diplomat's Son
27,727,057 6:01 2010-01-11
Unbearably White
Unbearably White
26,676,015 4:40 2019-05-03
The Kids Don't Stand a Chance
The Kids Don't Stand a Chance
26,250,844 4:03 2008-01-27
Bambina
Bambina
24,395,856 1:43 2019-05-03
Worship You
Worship You
23,905,553 3:21 2013-05-08
Everlasting Arms
Everlasting Arms
22,812,398 3:03 2013-05-08
2021
2021
20,391,491 1:39 2019-05-03
Run
Run
19,662,140 3:53 2010-01-11
Hold You Now (feat. Danielle Haim)
Hold You Now (feat. Danielle Haim)
19,629,942 2:34 2019-05-03
Big Blue
Big Blue
19,284,597 1:49 2019-05-03
Don't Lie
Don't Lie
18,212,422 3:33 2013-05-08
Taxi Cab
Taxi Cab
17,661,315 3:56 2010-01-11
I Stand Corrected
I Stand Corrected
17,004,053 2:40 2008-01-27
Finger Back
Finger Back
16,839,926 3:26 2013-05-08
Flower Moon (feat. Steve Lacy)
Flower Moon (feat. Steve Lacy)
16,731,105 3:57 2019-05-03
How Long?
How Long?
16,286,874 3:32 2019-05-03
Bryn
Bryn
15,390,750 2:13 2008-01-27
One (Blake's Got A New Face)
One (Blake's Got A New Face)
15,181,133 3:13 2008-01-27
Jerusalem, New York, Berlin
Jerusalem, New York, Berlin
15,015,995 2:55 2019-05-03
California English
California English
14,270,512 2:30 2010-01-11
Married in a Gold Rush (feat. Danielle Haim)
Married in a Gold Rush (feat. Danielle Haim)
14,262,817 3:42 2019-05-03
Rich Man
Rich Man
14,201,178 2:30 2019-05-03
I Think Ur A Contra
I Think Ur A Contra
13,529,790 4:29 2010-01-11
Sympathy
Sympathy
13,146,141 3:47 2019-05-03
Capricorn
Capricorn
11,372,086 4:10 2024-04-05
Ottoman
Ottoman
11,369,306 4:02 2008-01-01
Young Lion
Young Lion
10,580,882 1:45 2013-05-08
Hudson
Hudson
10,340,550 4:15 2013-05-08
I'm Goin' Down - Recorded at Electric Lady Studios NYC
I'm Goin' Down - Recorded at Electric Lady Studios NYC
9,756,657 3:28 2019-06-26
We Belong Together (feat. Danielle Haim)
We Belong Together (feat. Danielle Haim)
8,436,228 3:11 2019-05-03
Stranger
Stranger
8,172,666 4:09 2019-05-03
My Mistake
My Mistake
7,999,916 3:19 2019-05-03
Ladies of Cambridge
Ladies of Cambridge
7,958,620 2:39 2007-10-22
Classical
Classical
6,711,700 4:20 2024-04-05
Mary Boone
Mary Boone
6,302,504 4:26 2024-04-05
Prep-School Gangsters
Prep-School Gangsters
6,295,025 3:49 2024-04-05
Spring Snow
Spring Snow
6,270,569 2:41 2019-05-03
Step
Step
6,053,336 4:21 2014-03-03
Jonathan Low
Jonathan Low
4,935,883 3:33 2010-06-08
Gen-X Cops
Gen-X Cops
4,798,466 3:48 2024-04-05
Giant
Giant
4,761,393 2:49 2010-01-11
Ice Cream Piano
Ice Cream Piano
4,438,945 3:36 2024-04-05
California English Pt. 2
California English Pt. 2
4,415,517 2:57 2009-12-14
Connect
Connect
3,930,841 5:10 2024-04-05
Arrows
Arrows
3,333,638 3:04 2008-02-20
This Life - Recorded at Electric Lady Studios NYC
This Life - Recorded at Electric Lady Studios NYC
3,090,650 5:11 2019-06-26
The Surfer
The Surfer
2,878,128 5:47 2024-04-05
Pravda
Pravda
2,579,297 4:11 2024-04-05
Houston Dubai (Japanese Bonus Track)
Houston Dubai (Japanese Bonus Track)
2,342,402 2:19 2019-05-03
Hope
Hope
2,294,068 7:58 2024-04-05
I Don't Think Much About Her No More (Japanese Bonus Track)
I Don't Think Much About Her No More (Japanese Bonus Track)
2,160,933 2:49 2019-05-03
Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partirò)
Time To Say Goodbye (Con Te Partirò)
1,648,949 3:13 2014-01-01
Lord Ullin's Daughter feat. Jude Law (Japanese Bonus Track)
Lord Ullin's Daughter feat. Jude Law (Japanese Bonus Track)
1,610,811 3:38 2019-05-03
White Sky - Basement Jaxx Club Mix
White Sky - Basement Jaxx Club Mix
1,386,065 6:43 2010-08-16
Ya Hey - Live from Bonnaroo 2014
Ya Hey - Live from Bonnaroo 2014
1,286,778 5:26 2014-08-26
The Kids Don't Stand a Chance - Chromeo Remix
The Kids Don't Stand a Chance - Chromeo Remix
1,279,479 4:38 2008-12-09
White Sky - Live from Bonnaroo 2014
White Sky - Live from Bonnaroo 2014
1,088,139 3:08 2014-08-26
Holiday - Live from Bonnaroo 2014
Holiday - Live from Bonnaroo 2014
1,083,220 2:09 2014-08-26
California English - Live from Bonnaroo 2014
California English - Live from Bonnaroo 2014
1,012,602 3:14 2014-08-26
Diane Young - Live from Bonnaroo 2014
Diane Young - Live from Bonnaroo 2014
950,151 2:35 2014-08-26
2021 (January 5th, to be exact)
2021 (January 5th, to be exact)
887,908 20:21 2021-02-04
White Sky - Warp Dub
White Sky - Warp Dub
862,959 5:13 2010-08-16
Mansard Roof
Mansard Roof
766,180 2:09 2007-10-23
White Sky - Vamp Dub
White Sky - Vamp Dub
707,045 3:58 2010-08-16
Unbelievers - 'Seeburg Drum Machine' Mix
Unbelievers - 'Seeburg Drum Machine' Mix
678,840 3:24 2013-05-08
White Sky - Cécile Remix
White Sky - Cécile Remix
411,843 6:42 2011-05-24
2021 (in the space between two pieces of wood)
2021 (in the space between two pieces of wood)
406,508 20:21 2021-02-04
Prep-School Gangsters (Spotify OUTSIDE Version) - Live from Queens, NY
Prep-School Gangsters (Spotify OUTSIDE Version) - Live from Queens, NY
337,975 3:23 2024-05-31
White Sky - New Look Remix
White Sky - New Look Remix
327,851 2:52 2011-05-24
Walcott - Insane Mix
Walcott - Insane Mix
138,704 3:59 2008-05-27
Giving Up the Gun - Extended Mix
Giving Up the Gun - Extended Mix
25,962 8:14 2010-09-07
Ya Hey - 'Paranoid Styles' Mix
Ya Hey - 'Paranoid Styles' Mix
19,003 3:49 2013-05-08
Giving Up the Gun - Dub
Giving Up the Gun - Dub
15,698 7:13 2010-09-07

New releases

Prep-School Gangsters (Spotify OUTSIDE Version) - Live from Queens, NY
Prep-School Gangsters (Spotify OUTSIDE Version) - Live from Queens, NY
2024-05-31
[Columbia]
Only God Was Above Us
Only God Was Above Us
2024-04-05
[Columbia]
40:42
40:42
2021-02-04
[Spring Snow, LLC.]
Spotify Singles
Spotify Singles
2019-06-26
[Columbia]
Father of the Bride (Deluxe)
Father of the Bride (Deluxe)
2019-05-03
[Columbia]
Father of the Bride
Father of the Bride
2019-05-03
[Columbia]
Spotify Sessions
Spotify Sessions
2014-08-26
[XL Recordings]
Unbelievers
Unbelievers
2014-03-03
[XL Recordings]
Modern Vampires of the City
Modern Vampires of the City
2013-05-13
[XL Recordings]
Modern Vampires of the City
Modern Vampires of the City
2013-05-08
[XL Recordings]
Diane Young
Diane Young
2013-03-26
[XL Recordings]
Diane Young
Diane Young
2013-03-25
[XL Recordings]
White Sky
White Sky
2011-05-24
[XL Recordings]
Giving Up the Gun
Giving Up the Gun
2010-09-07
[XL Recordings]
Holiday
Holiday
2010-08-24
[XL Recordings]
White Sky
White Sky
2010-08-16
[XL Recordings]
Jonathan Low
Jonathan Low
2010-06-08
[XL Recordings]
Contra
Contra
2010-01-12
[XL Recordings]
Contra
Contra
2010-01-11
[XL Recordings]
Giant
Giant
2010-01-11
[XL Recordings]
California English Pt. 2
California English Pt. 2
2009-12-14
[XL Recordings]
Cousins
Cousins
2009-11-17
[XL Recordings]
The Kids Don't Stand a Chance
The Kids Don't Stand a Chance
2008-12-09
[XL Recordings]
Oxford Comma
Oxford Comma
2008-05-27
[XL Recordings]
Arrows
Arrows
2008-02-20
[XL Recordings]
Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend
2008-01-29
[XL Recordings]
Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend
2008-01-27
[XL Recordings]
Ottoman
Ottoman
2008-01-01
[XL Recordings]
Mansard Roof
Mansard Roof
2007-10-23
[XL Recordings]
Ladies of Cambridge
Ladies of Cambridge
2007-10-22
[XL Recordings]
Mansard Roof
Mansard Roof
2007-10-22
[Abeano]