"Hall of Fame" is a song by Irish
pop rock band
the Script featuring American rapper
The Black Eyed Peas. It is the lead single from the band's third studio album #3. The track was given its first radio play on
Capital on 23 July 2012. Written and co-produced by the band, the song is about following dreams and making an impact on the world. The song has been licensed for use in various media since its release.
The Script frontman
Danny O'Donoghue first met will.i.am while they were both judges for The Voice UK. O'Donoghue said: "we went to the recording studio and an hour and a half later we had the song in its entirety. I thought he was going to produce it but he just gave it to me and Mark (Sheehan) and said 'you guys go and produce it'." Of the collaboration O'Donoghue said: "We were trying to play it super cool - us with will.i.am! We heard him singing some of our lines, but we still didn't know what he was going to do. We were worried he might take some of our original song out. But he just sang our words." The musical note structure interpolates "
I Hope You Dance" by country singer
Leann Womack. "Hall of Fame" is written in the key of
Lyrics and interpretation
The lyrics, written by O'Donoghue, focus on perseverance and making a difference. As reported in The Guardian, "O'Donoghue's real metier is lyrics: he's a striking and emotional storyteller".Billboard describes the song as "a swelling, piano-driven number with an uplifting, earworm of a chorus that soars, 'Standing in the hall of fame / And the world's gonna know your name / Cause you burn with the brightest flame.'" O'Donoghue explains that this song was about the band as he tells "the title is mostly about us. As any geek fan of the band could tell you, we're all extremely different people, but magic happens when you mix us together. Well, magic or a car crash, which is how we describe the songs we scrap." He also said: "We wanted to inspire people to stop trying to be famous for the sake of it."
The music video of "Hall of Fame" was produced under Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited. A lyric video for the track was released on 24 July 2012. The music video was released on 19 August through the band's official site. The accompanying music video sees the stars performing the track in a deserted warehouse, while other scenes feature an aspiring boxer and hearing-impaired ballet dancer in training.
"Hall of Fame" debuted on the
Irish Singles Chart at number one. The song stayed at number 1 in Ireland for 4 weeks. This marks the band's second number-one single and fifth top-ten hit in Ireland. This song was voted as one of the top 11 Irish songs.
The single debuted at number two on the
UK Singles Chart, losing the top spot to
Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)", before reaching number 1 a week later, marking the Script's first UK number-one single. It spent a second week at number one in the UK, blocking
Say Nothing" from reaching the top spot. It has sold 529,000 copies in 2012, the 21st best-selling single of the year in the UK. It also peaked at number 25 in the United States and was certified platinum there, and peaked at the same position in Canada. It reached 2 million in sales in the US by July 2013, and as of April 2016, the song has sold 2,912,000 copies in the US.
In Australia, "Hall of Fame" peaked at number 4 on the
ARIA Singles Chart, becoming their second top five hit there. The song was certified 3× Platinum in Australia. It became their highest-charting single in New Zealand, peaking at number 3 on
RIANZ chart. It is the band's highest-charting song worldwide.
* Sales figures based on certification alone. ^ Shipments figures based on certification alone. Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone. Streaming-only figures based on certification alone.
^News International Trading Limited. (13 January 2013). "Pitched off the airwaves: LIST OF 100 SONGS PLAYED MOST ON IRISH RADIO REVEALS LACK OF EXPOSURE FOR HOMEGROWN TALENT [Eire Region]". Sunday Times.
^PR Newswire, Multi-Platinum Dublin Rockers The Script Release Third Album Today; First Single "Hall of Fame" (featuring will.i.am) Inspires Global Audience: Headlining Tour Kicks Off Tonight at Radio City Music Hall, PR Newswire Association LLC,