"Pumped Up Kicks" is a song by American indie pop group Foster the
People. It was written and recorded by front man Mark Foster at
Mophonics in the Venice district of Los Angeles. "Pumped Up Kicks"
can be considered both a crossover hit and
a sleeper hit,
as it received airplay on modern rock stations
soon after its release in September 2010, and in the early summer of 2011 began
seeing noticeable airplay on contemporary hit radio stations. The song has
thus far reached number 3 in the US on the Billboard Hot
100, making it the first Billboard Alternative
Songs number one
single to crack the U.S. top 5 since Kings of Leon's
in 2009. The song has been used in TV series such as Entourage, Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries and also in the 2011
film Friends with Benefits.
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