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Today’s song is about the singer warning their significant other of his or her flaws. This band has had it all: Grammy Awards, number one albums and a scarily loyal fanbase. But behind closed doors, the band's frontman Dan Reynolds was struggling with severe depression. "It came to a point where I didn't have an option," he told the BBC. "It was lose my family and lose my life or seek help."
That could have heavily influenced the direction and urgency of today’s song, which skips the traditional intro and gets right to the verse and the story of how important it is to be honest with yourself and those you love.
The seventh of nine children, the lead singer of today’s band was raised in a strict Mormon household. Aged 19, he volunteered to become a missionary in Nebraska for two years, but something didn't ring true for him.
"I was raised in a really conservative household and carried a heavy guilty conscience with me because of religion," he explains. "Letting go of that was really freeing and wonderful. But I've also learned to be happy for the things I learned from it and grateful for the love that I found.
"If it wasn't for all of those things working in the exact way they did, [this band] would cease to exist."
The video for today’s song from 2013 is pretty powerful, putting faces to the notion that everyone is going through something hard that you can’t see: A grieving daughter, a man with Marfan syndrome who stares at himself in a mirror, a victim of parental abuse and a military veteran. The clip ends with a dedication to Tyler Robinson, a fan of the band who died at the age of 17 in March 2013 following a battle with cancer.
The song is highly personal for Lead singer Dan Reynolds, who’s battled so much in silence including depression, ulcerative colitis and the same inflammatory disease that fellow rocker Mick Mars of Motley Crue suffers from.
He’s the sole remaining original member of Imagine Dragons. Their second top ten song after Radioactive... is Demons.