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"Panic Switch"
Single by Silversun Pickups
from the album Swoon
Released March 17, 2009
Genre Alternative rock, dream pop, shoegaze
Length 5:44
Label Dangerbird
Writer(s) Silversun Pickups
Producer Dave Cooley
Silversun Pickups singles chronology
"Little Lover's So Polite"
(2008)
"Panic Switch"
(2009)
"Substitution"
(2009)

"Panic Switch" is a song by the American indie rock band Silversun Pickups. It was the first single released from the group's second album, Swoon (2009), on March 17, 2009. The song reached number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, becoming their first number-one single on any Billboard chart.[1] "Panic Switch" was the first song by an independent artist to reach number one on the chart in 11 years.[2] After a one week stay at number one, it spent eleven weeks at number two behind Linkin Park's "New Divide". It is also their second Hot 100 entry, peaking at number 92.

When asked about the song, singer Brian Aubert told MTV that the song was added late to the album, almost as an afterthought. It is meant to represent a nervous breakdown, which is a major theme of the album.[3]

Chart performance

Chart (2009) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 92
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs 1
U.S. Billboard Rock Songs 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 38

References

Preceded by
"New Divide" by Linkin Park
Billboard Alternative Songs number-one single
June 27, 2009
Succeeded by
"New Divide" by Linkin Park
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