The song describes a person who has been imprisoned for so long that they are released in an unknown "new age." A more lyrical interpretation of the song may be that it was written to describe a futuristic planet and a person experiencing it for the first time.
The song was popularized through its use in the 1980 film Dragon's Lair, in which it served as both theme music and exit music. In the film, the character Dirk the Daring must defeat three mythical creatures called Dragons to save Princess Daphne from being turned into glass by an evil king. The song was also used as background music during scenes where Dirk must make his way through dungeons searching for a magic key to open the door to the next area.
After seeing the film at theaters, listeners were given a free ticket to play Dragon's Lair on Atari video game consoles. In addition, those who sent in proof of purchase of a stereo system could enter a contest to win a color TV set.
Dragon's Dance was originally written for piano but was later arranged for orchestra. The piece was composed by John Williams himself. It is estimated that around 10 million people have listened to portions of the score while watching the film or playing the video game.
In 1998, the British magazine Classic Rock listed it as number 72 on their list of the 100 Best Film Scores.
"The essence of the song is basically reflecting on certain things in my life that were difficult, whether it was anxiety and dealing with crowds, feeling overwhelmed by that or the band's popularity, sickness, suffering through depression—anything that was a cause of misery in my life," he explained. "But also imagining what it would be like to have all that go away."
Drummer Daniel Platzman said the song came together quickly: "We wrote 'Imagine' in about 30 minutes one night after a show. We were all really tired and had nothing else to say so we just started playing around with different melodies until one of us said 'Imagine there's no heaven'. It was such a simple line but it gave us hope that something better was waiting for us when we got there. We wanted to write a song that reminded people that happiness is within your reach, even if everything else in life seems to be falling apart. We want people to know they aren't alone out there struggling in life, that others have been there before them and will be here after them.
These are just some of the many lyrics that stand out in memory about this popular song.
Imagine Dragons and producer Alex Da Kid collaborated on the song "Radioactive." It is one of the darker and more electronic-influenced tunes on Night Visions, akin to the fourth track "Demons." The song is an electronic rock and alternative rock song with dubstep undertones. It was written by Daniel Meddings and Justin Tranter along with Jared Leto and Ben McKee, who are all members of the band Thirty Seconds to Mars.
Leto had said in an interview that he and McKee wrote the song before they formed Thirty Seconds to Mars and were looking for musicians to collaborate with. They had contacted several people but no one else came up with a good idea so they went with what they had instead. Leto also said in the same interview that he thinks the song is funny and it makes him feel like a nuclear scientist when listening to it.
It was released as a single on June 24, 2013. The music video for the song was directed by David Malinowski and premiered on July 7, 2013. It shows Leto playing various characters in a dark room while they each say a line from Shakespeare's Hamlet. As the song progresses, these characters begin to act out their emotions through dance and drama. At the end, it is revealed that all of them are actually Leto, who has been using this method to deal with his grief over losing his wife.
Imagine Dragons' song "Warriors" is a pop rock song from the United States. Riot Games used it in the music video "League of Legends 2014 World Championship." On September 18, 2014, the song was released digitally as a single. It became popular after being played during games.
The video was directed by Daniele Cuccioli and was released on September 17, 2014. It shows various scenes with the artists playing their characters in order to compete in a league of legends tournament. At the end of the video, it is revealed that Dragoner won the tournament.
Cuccioli also did the artwork for the single. He also created the cover art for the album Night Visions by Imagine Dragons which was released two years later on October 14, 2016.
In 2017, League of Legends champion Nautilus referenced the song in an interview saying that he listens to it before competing in matches. This caused rumors to spread that Imagine Dragons had intentionally written this song for League of Legends.
However, Daniel Platzman, one of the members of Imagine Dragons, denied these claims stating that they only wanted to promote the game through its soundtrack and that writing songs for games isn't really their thing. He also said that if asked, they would probably play at the world championship if they were invited.