Sex on Fire is the first single from the album Only By the Night, the fourth studio album by Kings of Leon. It was some time most downloaded single of all time in the United Kingdom. [1the single was on september 5, 2008 released throughout Europe , the song reached in AustraliaFinlandGreat Britain and Ireland the number-one position. So far, the song Sex on fire 1.012.000 once downloaded in the United States, and is the clip of the corresponding number for over 68 million views on YouTube.

In Belgium the number achieved a top 10 listing in the Ultratop 50, remained the same in Ultratop 50 number 54 weeks in the list and became the longest-lasting single of that year. In the Dutch Top 40 , the 29th place.


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Nathan Followill, proclaimed In an interview that the music was composed, and at the start of the chorus (with which a pending Racine is used) a catchy opening sentence had to be found. While practicing in the studio, it was on Set us on fire, but when one of the sound mixers came in, he thought to hear Sex on fire , the band found this kind of funny and decided to keep it so in their number.

Other titles for the number tried are, included Socks on fire and Snatch on fire.

Video clip[Edit]Edit

The music video was directed by Sophie Muller.

The video is set in an old shed, where the singer Caleb from some sort of hallucination wakes up and to start watching. The images are interspersed with the band playing their instruments in the shed on.


  • The Dutch group the avalanche boys made together with DJ Jerome in 2010 a humorous variation on the number. This version (Sex with those bald) was successively a summer hit in Netherlands in 2010, a Carnival favorite in 2011 and very popular as YouTube video (anno 2013 over 2.5 million views).

Chart Positions[Edit]Edit

"Sex on Fire" in the Dutch Top 40 - inside 04-10-2008
Week 1 2 3 4 5
Number 32 30 30 29 40 from

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit]Edit

Number (s) with markings

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
Sex on Fire - - - - - - - - - - - 966 122 122 98

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