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Now that the day is over and the weekend is almost here, figured now a good time to unwind with a song or two…One Republic’s “Counting Stars” was the perfect choice to kick the afternoon off so hope it makes you smile….and possibly get you up and dancing!

Counting Stars” is a song by American pop rock band OneRepublic from their third studio album, Native (2013). The song was written by lead singer Ryan Tedder, and produced by Tedder and Noel Zancanella. Musically, it is a pop song with strong elements of folk music.
It was released as the album’s third single on June 14, 2013 in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.

The song has been one of the band’s most successful singles, reaching No. 1 in many countries including Canada and the United Kingdom, No. 2 in the United States, and top ten in 20 countries.

The song’s accompanying music video, directed by James Lees, features the band performing in a basement beneath an ongoing church congregation.

The music video was filmed on May 10, 2013, in New Orleans, Louisiana, and premiered on May 31, 2013. The video features the band performing the song in a gloomy basement surrounded by hanging light bulbs – which is interspersed with scenes of several people in a Christian revival service. At the end of the video, one of the people in the service falls through the floor, coming through the ceiling of the room the band is performing in. The video also shows clips of an alligator crawling through the basement.

It has peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100, tied with “Apologize” as their highest peaking single in the United States, and is their third US top-ten hit. It has topped the charts in Canada, Finland, Israel, Poland, Slovakia and the United Kingdom, and charted within the top ten in 20 countries, including attaining top five placements in Australia, Germany, Ireland and New Zealand. The song has sold over 4 million copies in the US as of February 2014.

Just one of those songs that lift the spirits…love it, especially on a Friday!