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Punk , aggressive form of rock music that coalesced into an international though predominantly Anglo-American movement in — Often politicized and full of vital energy beneath a sarcastic, hostile facade, punk spread as an ideology and an aesthetic approach, becoming an archetype of teen rebellion and alienation. The song is driven by a riff that resembles the sound of a bass guitar. According to Jack White, the song tells the story of a person who, upon entering a town, hears its residents gossiping about him and proceeds to leave the town in response.
Driven by a sense of loneliness, he ultimately returns. Regarding the song's meaning, White stated, "The song's about gossip. It's about me, Meg and the people we're dating. The video, directed by Alex and Martin , consists of one seemingly continuous shot through a kaleidoscopic tunnel of mirrored black, white and red triangles, touching on Jack's love of the number three.
The triangle slides alternate between images of Jack or Meg playing, interspersed with marching skeletons and an elephant , referring to the name of the album "Seven Nation Army" appeared on. The speed at which the triangles move forward through the tunnel speeds up and slows down in unison with the dynamics of the song.
During the video, when the song begins to intensify, the lights in surrounding the triangles flash and other effects build up as well. A writer for Rolling Stone described it as the best riff of the s decade,  and Rebecca Schiller of NME wrote that the riff is "the most maddeningly compulsive bassline of the decade, and not even actually played on a bass guitar".
Critics distinguished the song from the White Stripes' other work. According to Teltelman, "Seven Nation Army" represented an effort to "defy categorization", especially the garage rock label that had been attributed to the band. He further wrote that it was "much more of a straightforward rock song" than the band's single " Fell in Love with a Girl ". In May , Rolling Stone placed the song at No. On March 8, , "Seven Nation Army" debuted at number 27 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart;  [note 2] on July 16, it peaked at number one, a position it maintained for three weeks.
The song debuted on the former at number one and remained at that position for another week, and it debuted and peaked at number six on the latter. The song was awarded several certifications in the s. It was certified gold by Germany's Federal Music Industry Association in , indicating over , sales of the single. A writer for Rolling Stone described it as a "career-changing hit",  and NME ' s Daniel Martin viewed the song as the White Stripes' "defining tune", having sparked the band's transition "from their garage rock beginnings to an entirely new level of acclaim".
In , Deadspin 's Alan Siegel described the "riff-turned-anthem" as "ubiquitous",  and according to The New Yorker 's Alec Wilkinson , the riff "might be the second-best-known guitar phrase in popular music, after the one from ' Satisfaction '". Club attributed the song's popularity to its riff's "simplicity"—a characteristic that he remarked makes the song "instantly familiar" and "instantly memorized"  —and Nate Sloan said that the four notes following the riff's first note create a feeling of "urgency that makes [the riff] much more memorable".
The song has also appeared in various other media. A surge in streams and digital sales of the White Stripes' version of "Seven Nation Army" followed the release of the trailer: within two weeks, the total number of streams and digital purchases of the song increased by percent and percent, respectively. Club Brugge KV won the game, and the song subsequently became the team's "unofficial sports anthem". Roma won against Club Brugge KV at a soccer match in Belgium in , fans of the former team began to use the riff as a chant, having learned it from the latter.
Fans of the Italy national football team proceeded to chant the riff at games leading up to the FIFA World Cup ,  and "Seven Nation Army"—known as the "po po po po po" song among Italians—became the team's "unofficial theme". I am honored that the Italians have adopted this song as their own.
Nothing is more beautiful in music than when people embrace a melody and allow it to enter the pantheon of folk music. The song's usage has since expanded into various other sports settings. By , audiences at the Penn State Nittany Lions ' football games had begun chanting the riff in support of the team; before that the Buffalo Bills had used it as their kickoff song, since then, other football audiences have chanted the riff as well.
Karr estimated that the song has reached "hundreds of millions of television viewers around the world" as a result of its usage in the latter tournament.
In , the White Stripes stated via Facebook that they were "disgusted" by the song's appearance in a video supporting Donald Trump 's campaign for the United States presidential election , and they said that they "[had] nothing whatsoever to do with [the] video". Following a speech by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the Wirral Live music festival at Prenton Park , Tranmere , on May 20, , supporters in the audience began to chant "Oh, Jeremy Corbyn" to the tune of the song's riff.
This chant was repeated on several occasions in the run-up to the election and afterwards at the Glastonbury Festival , where Corbyn appeared on the Pyramid stage. CD single and digital download  . Adapted from "Seven Nation Army" 7-inch vinyl reissue liner notes. The song has been covered by blues musician C. It has also been covered by German artist Mickie Krause , credited as Krausetto.
The song was covered during Maroon 5 's Overexposed Tour in , with lead guitarist James Valentine providing guitar and vocals and lead vocalist Adam Levine providing drums. European fans of the English pop star Robbie Williams frequently chant the song's riff both before and during a concert; renowned for his call and response relationship with his audience, Williams often improvises lyrics relating to the city in which he is performing, backed by the audience's riff.
Thrash metal band Sepultura used the main riff as an outro on Zombie Ritual, a cover by Death. The song is also included in the "Backstage Romance" number of Moulin Rouge! French soul singer Ben l'Oncle Soul covered the song on his self-titled album.
Released as the album's debut single, "Seven Nation Army" was a commercial success in multiple countries, peaking at number 16 on the Belgium Ultratop Charts for Wallonia  and charting in Germany,  the Netherlands,  and Switzerland.
Critically, Lewis Corner of Digital Spy noted the "distinctive soul-pop" vocals showcased by Collins and wrote that, "Truth be told, we wish he'd fought a little harder to get one those eight original compositions he has on his forthcoming record out first.TZ Buy The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (The Glitch Mob Remix) Users who like The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (The Glitch Mob Remix) Users who reposted The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (The Glitch Mob Remix) Playlists containing The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army (The Glitch Mob Remix).