Heat Waves

2020 single by Glass Animals

"Heat Waves" is a song by English indie rock group Glass Animals, released as a single from their third studio album Dreamland on 29 June 2020. It was released alongside its music video.

"Heat Waves"
Single by Glass Animals
from the album Dreamland
Released29 June 2020 (2020-06-29)
  • 3:58 (album version)
  • 3:13 (radio edit)
Songwriter(s)Dave Bayley
Producer(s)Dave Bayley
Glass Animals singles chronology
"Heat Waves"
"It's All So Incredibly Loud"
Music video
"Heat Waves" at YouTube

A sleeper hit, "Heat Waves" is the group's most successful single ever. In addition to reaching number five on the UK Singles Chart and being a top-five hit in several other European countries, it reached number one in Australia, Canada, Lithuania, Switzerland and the United States, where it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 after a record-breaking 59 weeks on the chart.[4][5] By September 2021, the song had been played more than one billion times on Spotify.[6] At the 2022 Brit Awards "Heat Waves" was nominated for Best British Single.[7]


  1. Deville, Chris (26 April 2021). "Glass Animals Are Better Than Your Average Alt-Rock Crossover Success". Stereogum. Retrieved 13 November 2021. "Heat Waves" is the sound of them interacting with right now. Trap drum programming, woozy electronic bass and keyboards, pitched-down vocals, a guitar loop that blurs into the digital morass: Rarely has this band leaned so hard into the pop side of that "psych-pop" descriptor
  2. Mylrea, Hannah (6 August 2020). "Glass Animals – 'Dreamland' review: stuffed with effervescent nuggets of pop gold". NME. Retrieved 7 June 2021. ...while 'Heat Waves' sees earnest R&B run through the Glass Animals filter.
  3. "Five Burning Questions: Glass Animals' 'Heat Waves' Gets to No. 1 in Its 59th Week on the Hot 100". Billboard. 8 March 2022. Retrieved 12 June 2022.
  4. Savage, Mark (9 April 2021). "Glass Animals: How Heat Waves became the ultimate sleeper hit". BBC. Retrieved 14 July 2021.
  5. Trust, Gary (28 February 2022). "Glass Animals' 'Heat Waves' Hits No. 1 on Billboard Global 200 Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2 March 2022.
  6. Peacock, Tim (13 September 2021). "Glass Animals' 'Heat Waves' Hits One Billion Streams; Enters Spotify's Global Top 10". Yahoo! Entertainment. Archived from the original on 3 April 2022. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  7. Julians, Joe (20 December 2021). "The BRIT Awards 2022: Ceremony time, host, performers and nominations". RadioTimes. Retrieved 8 March 2022.