UBIQUITY If you’ve seen ads for video games in the past year, you’ve heard this song’s lighters-up chorus.
LONGEVITY “Radioactive” crawled up the charts for 42 weeks before hitting the Top 5 in June—the slowest-ever ascent.
SOCIAL POWER There are countless YouTube covers of “Radioactive,” including several with the “Cups” beat.
ROOTS The song’s distorted, half-time beat couldn’t have happened without the emergence of the bass-heavy dubstep genre.
CONTROVERSY Wait, a rock band? They still make those?