I Know That Song! The One About King Louis XVI's Final Speech

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Today's song was a number one song from 2008...The title of which means "long live life" or more literally, "the life lives". This was at least the eighth US #1 hit where the title was at least partially in Spanish, following "Bailamos," "El Paso," "I Adore Mi Amor," "La Bamba," "Livin' La Vida Loca," "Macarena" and "Tequila."

The song is by a British band which was the first British group to hit #1 on the Hot 100 for over ten years. The previous British group to top the US singles chart was the Spice Girls with "Wannabe" in February 1997. 

The song cromse from an album that was the most downloaded on iTunes in 2008, with more than 500,000 digital copies sold since its release in June. The second most downloaded album was Jack Johnson's Sleep Through the Static, followed by the soundtrack to Juno. Meanwhile, today’s title track was the second most downloaded single that year, behind Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love."

And since everyone is thinking about the Superbowl, here is another clue: This band opened their set at the 2016 Super Bowl halftime show with a performance of this song. They were joined on stage for this segment by members of the Youth Orchestra Los Angeles which added strings.

This was the fourth US chart-topper this century and the first by a group not to feature its title in the song's lyrics. The group actually started out being called Starfish before the name was changed in 1998 to what we know them as now.

This British band's highest charting single is a retelling of the French revolution and an interpretation of King Louis the 16th’s lost last speech before his death. The song is written through King Louis point of view, as he apologizes to his people, accepting his fate.

And of course...the lead singer is one half of the reason we all know what “conscious uncoupling” means following his divorce from Gwneth Paltrow.
Today's song: Chris Martin, Coldplay and Viva La Vida. 

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