“Tighten Up” is a song by American rock band The Black Keys. It is the third track on their 2010 album Brothers and was released as the record’s first single on May 18, 2010. Dan Auerbach told The Sun how the song originated: “That was the last song we did for the record. We had a couple of days off and so did Brian (Danger Mouse) and since we are friends and like hanging out with each other we thought it would be fun to go into the studio and see if we could come up with a tune. We always have a blast when the three of us get together.”
“Tighten Up” has been licensed to appear in the video game FIFA 11, the music video games Rocksmith and Rock Band 3 (as downloadable content for both), the television program Gossip Girl, a Subaru commercial,a Molson commercial and the films I Am Number Four and Bad Teacher. The song has become one of the most successful Black Keys singles in the United States, being their song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching number one on the Alternative Songs and Rock Songs charts. Rolling Stone put the song on its list of the 15 Best Whistling Songs of All Time. At the 53rd Grammy Awards in 2011, the song won Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal, while also receiving a nomination for Best Rock Song. Musically, the song is in the key of F sharp minor. Read more…
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