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It was released on September 20, , as the lead single from the album. The song received acclaim from music critics, with many noting the song as a breakthrough for the indie genre and praising the song's catchiness. The track initially only gained attention from online media, although it did receive its first commercial radio airplay on Tampa Bay alternative radio station 97X, debuting on September 19, However, it was soon covered by the television show Glee. The single song propelled the band into mainstream success, topping the digital charts in February and becoming a crossover hit , peaking at number one on the Billboard Hot through airplay on contemporary hit radio stations, topping the chart for six weeks straight.
It was released on June 4, , as the lead single from their debut self-titled studio album. The music video was released on March 11, It is also their first single to be certified in the US.