Sex on Fire

Sex on Fire

Infobox Single
Name = Sex on Fire

Artist = Kings of Leon
from Album = Only by the Night
Released = September 5, 2008 (Europe) September 8, 2008 (UK) September 9, 2008 (USA)
Format = Digital download, 7", CD
Recorded = 2008
Genre = Alternative, Southern, Garage rock
Length = 3:23
Label = Capitol
Writer =
Producer =
Certification =
Chart Position = #1 (UK)
Last single = "Charmer"
This single = "Sex on Fire"
Next single = "Crawl"
Misc = Extra tracklisting
Album = Only by the Night
Type = studio
prev_track = "Crawl"
prev_no = 2
this_track = "Sex on Fire"
track_no = 3
next_track = "Use Somebody"
next_no = 4

"Sex on Fire" is the first single of Kings of Leon's fourth studio album "Only by the Night". The song gave Kings of Leon their first number one single, charting at the top-spot in the UK singles chart on digital downloads alone, before its physical release.

Critical reception

The song has received generally positive reviews. "Digital Spy" rated the song fours stars out of five, describing it as "A truly stirring single that will be a definite highlight on their winter arena tour." [ [ Singles Reviews - Kings Of Leon: 'Sex On Fire' - Digital Spy] . "Digital Spy". Retrieved September 15 2008.] "The Sun" also praised the song, saying it is "another of the latest album’s genuinely great and grand numbers." [ [ Kings Of Leon look set for ultimate success | The Sun] . "The Sun". Retrieved September 15 2008.] Planet Sound also rated the song 9/10. However, Caleb Followill originally thought the song was "terrible" [ [ Kings of Leon: 'Sex on Fire' is 'Terrible' - Spin] "Spin Magazine". Retrieved September 29 2008] , according to Spin Magazine it was almost ditched during recording. Despite giving the album a 4 out of 5, Spin thought the song was 'silly'. [ [ Kings of Leon: 'Sex on Fire' is 'Terrible' - Spin] "Spin Magazine". Retrieved September 29 2008]

Track listing

7" vinyl:
# "Sex on Fire"
# "Beneath The Surface"

# "Sex on Fire"
# "Knocked Up (Live)"


The song has had a large amount of downloads on both UK and Australian iTunes, however due to a large amount of complaints iTunes has brured the "e" in the song making it "S*x on fire".


On September 14 2008, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at #1 on downloads alone, knocking Katy Perry off the top spot. Sex On Fire spent three weeks at #1 before being replaced by Pink's 'So What'.


External links

* [ "Sex on Fire" music video on YouTube]

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