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Seven Nation Army” is the first track on the album  Elephant by American alternative rock band  The White Stripes. It was released as a single in 2003. Seven Nation Army reached #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks for three weeks and won 2004’s Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. The song is known for its underlying riff, which plays throughout most of the song. Although it sounds like a bass guitar (an instrument the group had famously never previously used), the sound is actually created by running Jack White‘s semi-acoustic guitar (a 1950s style Kay Hollowbody) through a Digitech Whammy pedal set down an octave. The riff was composed at a sound check before a show at the Corner Hotel in MelbourneAustralia, according to the set notes in the booklet which accompanied the Under Blackpool Lights DVD. This riff was inspired by the main theme of Anton Bruckner‘s Fifth symphony.

According to White, “Seven Nation Army” is what he used to call the  Salvation Army as a child.

In March 2005, Q magazine placed “Seven Nation Army” at number 8 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. In September 2005, NME placed “Seven Nation Army” at number 5 in its list of the 50 Greatest Tracks Of The Decade. It was also called the 75th greatest hard rock song by VH1. In May 2008,Rolling Stone placed this song at number 21 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time. The song was named the 75th best hard rock song of all time by VH1. “Seven Nation Army” also earned 20th place in Triple J‘s Hottest 100 of All Time in 2009. The song was also listed at #30 on Pitchfork Media‘s top 500 songs of the 2000s, and at number 2 in Observer Music Monthly‘s top 75 songs of the decade, behind Beyoncé‘s “Crazy in Love“. It also came in second on Channel V Australia’s top 1000 songs of the 00s. In 2009, US website Consequence of Sound named this as their top rock track of the 2000s, as did Boston’sWFNX Radio. On Rolling Stone’s updated version of their The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, “Seven Nation Army” was listed at number 286. It was also ranked #1 onRhapsody‘s list of the Top 100 Tracks of the Decade.

The song is also very popular in European football stadiums even becoming the anthem of the the Italians’ world cup win in 2006 and of the Euro 2008.5

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