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Seven Nation Army is a song written by Jack White . In 2003 it was released as a single by The White Stripes and is since then by various artists and bands, including film stars Ben l'Oncle Soul,.


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The White Stripes[Edit]Edit

The American alternative-rock group The White Stripes released the song in 2003 as first single from the album Elephant7 Nation Army reached the first place in theAmerican Modern Rock Tracks for three weeks and won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 2004. In the Netherlands the song reached 22nd place in the Dutch Top 40in the Dutch Single Top 100 it came no further than a 42nd place.


The song is known for its supporting riff, which is played throughout the song. Although it sounds like a bass guitar (an instrument that the Group had never before used, oddly enough), the sound was actually formed by Jack White's semi-acoustic guitar (a 1950s Kay Hollowbody-model) with a Digitech Whammy pedal which reduced the sound with an octave. The riff was composed during a soundcheck for a show at the Corner Hotel inMelbourne, Australia, according to the notes in a booklet that came with the dvd Under Blackpool Lights heard. This riff was inspired by the main theme of Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 5.

According to Seven Nation Army White was his name for the Salvation Army (Salvation Army) as a child. [1]

Music video[Edit]Edit

The video, directed by Alex Courtes and Martin Fougerol, consisted of one almost continuous shot by a kaleidoscopic tunnel of reflective black, white and red triangles, which Jacks love for portraying the number three.Some triangles show a picture of Jack or Meg playing, and in some places to see are walking skeletons and an elephant, leading to the title of the album Elephant referred. As the rhythm of the song speeds up, also speeds up the rate at which one of the triangles through the tunnel comes along. When the rhythm slows down again, also slows the triangel in the tunnel. During the video flicker surrounding triangles and other effects are built up as the song is louder.


  1. "7 Nation Army" (Jack White)
  2. "Good to Me" (Brendan Benson/Jason Falkner)
  3. "Black Jack Davey"(traditional)

The 7 "single only contains the first two numbers.


7 Nation Army stood in sixth place in a music magazine Rolling Stone list drawn up in 2009 of the fifty best songs of the Decade. In March 2005, Q magazine placed 7 Nation Army at number eight in a list of the hundred best guitar songs of all time. 7 Nation Army reached also the twentieth place in Triple J's Hottest 100 of All Time in 2009. The song was on the thirtieth place in the Pitchfork Media's top five hundred of songs from the 2000s, and at number two in Observer Music monthly's top 75 songs of the Decade. It reached the second place in Channel V Australia's top thousand of songs of the Decade. In 2009 the US website Consequence of Sound this song as their top rock track of the 2000s, just like WFNX Radio Boston . In the revamped version of Rolling Stones The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time was 7 Nation Army at place 286. It was also number 1 in Rhapsody's list of the 100 best songs of the Decade.


The song is very popular in European football stadiums and became the anthem of the Italian team which won the World Cup in 2006 and two years later participated in the European Football Championship. The song is also played during the home games of the Australian team Melbourne Victory after a goal and was an unofficial anthem for fans of that club. Several other teams, such as Club Brugge KV used this for a period. It was also used during broadcasts of Democracy Now! on the Egyptian protests in 2011. The song is also known for darts Player Michael van Gerwen who this number as Walk On Song used during TV-PDC tournaments.

Chart Positions[Edit]Edit

Dutch Top 40[Edit]Edit

Chart positions: 31-05-2003 to 28-06-2003
Week: 1 2 3 4 5
Position: 37 35 31 22 38 from

Dutch Single Top 100[Edit]Edit

Chart positions: 10-05-2003 to 12-07-2003
Week: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Position: 98 93 59 45 43 42 50 55 59 64 from

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit]Edit

Number with listing (s)

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
Seven Nation Army - - - - - - - - - - - - 1778 249 189

Ben l'Oncle Soul[Edit]Edit

Seven Nation Army
Single from:

Ben l'Oncle Soul

From the album:

Ben l'Oncle Soul

Released 8 March2010
Genre soul
Duration 2: 57
Tag Universal music
Writer (s) John Anthony White
Producer (s) Guillaume PonceletGabin Lesieur
Position (s) in the charts
  1. 16 (Wallonia)
  2. 26 (Dutch Top 40)
  3. 54 (Switzerland)
  4. 57 (Dutch Single Top 100)
Ben l'Oncle Soul
- 2010

Seven Nation Army



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In 2010 the French soulsinger Ben l'Oncle Soul a soul version of the song from. The song reached a 26th place in the Dutch Top 40 and a 57th place in the Dutch Single Top 100.

Chart Positions[Edit]Edit

Dutch Top 40[Edit]Edit

Chart positions: 28-08-2010 to 28-06-2010
Week: 1 2 3 4 5
Position: 36 28 26 29 36 from

Dutch Single Top 100[Edit]Edit

Chart positions: 07-08-2010-02-10-2010
Week: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Position: 69 74 80 82 57 64 73 75 83 from

Other renditions[Edit]Edit

The song was played by the countrygroep The Oak Ridge Boys, Living Colour, the funkmetalband and the rock group Audioslave.

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