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Hot Fuss
Studio album by The Killers
Released June 7, 2004
Recorded October 2003–January 2004 at The Hearse, Berkeley, California; Cornerstone Studios, Los Angeles, California.
Genre Indie rock
Post-punk revival
Length 45:39
Label Lizard King/Mercury/Vertigo (UK)
Island B0002468-02 (U.S.)
Universal (Japan, France)
Producer Jeff Saltzman, The Killers
Professional reviews
The Killers chronology
Hot Fuss
Sam's Town
Singles from Hot Fuss
  1. "Somebody Told Me"
    Released: March 15, 2004
  2. "Mr. Brightside"
    Released: May 24, 2004
  3. "All These Things That I've Done"
    Released: August 30, 2004
  4. "Smile Like You Mean It"
    Released: May 2, 2005

Hot Fuss is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band The Killers, released on June 7, 2004 in the United Kingdom and on June 15, 2004 in the United States.[6] The album reached top of the album charts in both the United Kingdom and Australia, and stayed in the Top 50 of the Billboard 200 chart for over fifty weeks.[11] Singles from the album include "Somebody Told Me", "Mr. Brightside", "All These Things That I've Done" and "Smile Like You Mean It". The Album was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2005 Grammy Awards, and it has achieved worldwide sales of more than 7,500,000 copies.[11][12]


Release and critical reception

Hot Fuss was released on June 7, 2004 in the United Kingdom and on June 15, 2004 in the United States.[6] Towards the end of 2005, The Killers also released the album on 7" vinyl in a box set of 11 discs.[13] On side A of each disc is the album track and on the B-side are non-album tracks.[13] It is also one of the five most recent albums listed as one of the 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Initial critical response to Hot Fuss was generally positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 66/100 based on 20 reviews , while its Meta User score is 83/100[14]

Rolling Stone gave the album three-and-a-half stars out of five. Reviewer Jenny Eliscu compared the band's music to contemporaries The Rapture and Franz Ferdinand, stating that in comparison to those groups The Killers "[have] actual pop songs -- in spades". Eliscu concluded, "This album is all Killers, no filler."[8] In a mixed review, Entertainment Weekly wildly praised the song "Somebody Told Me" while asking "As for the rest, isn't it a little too early for a Strokes tribute band?", and ultimately gave the album a "C".[4] UK newspaper The Times gave the album a five star review saying "Unless you have an aversion to 1980s synths, great pop songs and sexually ambiguous lyrics, it’s hard to imagine why the Killers wouldn’t be anyone's favourite new band."


The Album is mainly influenced by 80's New Wave music and post-punk bands such as New Order, The Cure, The Smiths (also the solo work of Morrissey), Duran Duran and The Cars, other influences include Lou Reed, U2, David Bowie and Oasis.

Track listing

Hot Fuss
# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Jenny Was a Friend of Mine"   Flowers, Stoermer 4:05
2. "Mr. Brightside"   Flowers, Keuning 3:43
3. "Smile Like You Mean It"   Flowers, Stoermer 3:55
4. "Somebody Told Me"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 3:17
5. "All These Things That I've Done"   Flowers 5:02
6. "Andy, You're a Star"   Flowers 3:14
7. "On Top"   Flowers, Keuning, Stoermer, Vannucci 4:19
8. "Change Your Mind"   Flowers, Keuning 3:11
9. "Believe Me Natalie"   Flowers, Vannucci 5:07
10. "Midnight Show"   Flowers, Stoermer 4:03
11. "Everything Will Be Alright"   Flowers 5:45

UK edition

"Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll" replaces "Change Your Mind" as Track 8 on the UK and Australian editions of Hot Fuss.

Vinyl edition

"Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll" appended onto the end of the album.

European edition

"Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll" & video of "Somebody Told Me" as bonus tracks.

Limited edition

Features the original US release tracklist and three bonus tracks:

# Title Length
12. "Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll"   4:14
13. "The Ballad of Michael Valentine"   3:49
14. "Under the Gun"   2:33

iTunes Deluxe Edition bonus tracks

# Title Length
12. "Somebody Told Me" (Mylo Mix) 7:17
13. "Smile Like You Mean It" (Fischerspooner Mix) 6:24
14. "Smile Like You Mean It" (Ruff and Jam Eastside Mix) 7:35

Limited Edition 7" boxset bonus tracks

Each track is found on the b-side of the corresponding track from the album. Also note, "All These Things That I've Done" is edited by fading out about 30 seconds before the track finishes.

# Title Length
1. "Somebody Told Me" (Josh Harris Remix)  
2. "Under the Gun"    
3. "Show You How"    
4. "The Ballad of Michael Valentine"    
5. "Why Don't You Find Out for Yourself" (Morrissey/Boorer)  
6. "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town"    
7. "Mr. Brightside" (Thin White Duke Remix Edit)  
8. "Glamorous Indie Rock and Roll"    
9. "Smile Like You Mean It" (Acoustic Version)  
10. "Who Let You Go"    
11. "Get Trashed"    

Chart and Sales history

Chart Provider(s) Peak
Certification Sales
Argentina Albums Chart CAPIF 1 Gold[15] 20,000+
Australian Albums Chart ARIA 1 3× Platinum[16] 210,000+
Austrian Albums Chart IFPI 60[17]
Belgium Walloon Albums Chart[18] IFPI 1 Gold[19] 15,000+
Belgium Flanders Albums Chart[20] 1 Gold
Canadian Albums Chart CRIA 4 3× Platinum[21] 300,000+
Dutch Albums Chart IFPI 46[17]
European Albums Chart IFPI Platinum[22] 1,000,000
Finnish Albums Chart IFPI 15
French Albums Chart SNEP 8 Gold[23] 100,000+
German Albums Chart IFPI 47 Gold[24] 100,000+
Irish Albums Chart IRMA 1 7× Platinum[25][26] 105,000+
New Zealand Albums Chart RIANZ 5 Platinum[27] 15,000+
Spanish Albums Chart PROMUSICAE 35[17]
UK Albums Chart BPI 1 6× Platinum[28] 1,800,000+
US Billboard 200 RIAA 7 3× Platinum [29] 3,000,000

End Of Decade Chart positions

In the United Kingdom 'Hot Fuss' was the 26th best selling album of the decade , it also spent more weeks on the UK Album Chart than any other album , in total spending 173 weeks in the Top 75 [30]

Chart (2000–2009) Position
UK Albums Chart 26
Australia ARIA Albums Chart 97


Year Ceremony Award Result
2004 Shortlist Music Prize Shortlist Music Prize Nominated
2005 BRIT Awards Best International Album Nominated
2005 Grammy Awards Best Rock Album Nominated
2005 Meteor Ireland Music Awards Best International Album Nominated




  • Jeff Saltzman — producer
  • The Killers — producers
  • Jeff Saltzman — engineer
  • Corlene Byrd — engineer


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  11. ^ a b "Still a hot fuss: The Killers beat the odds". The Seattle Times. Published October 6, 2006.
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  13. ^ a b "Killers Box Up 'Hot Fuss' Singles" Published October 18, 2005.
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