"Animals" is an electro house track composed by Dutch producer Martin Garrix. Released as on June 17, 2013 through Spinnin' Records, the song quickly became popular within the electronic dance music culture, leading to Garrix, at the age of seventeen, to become the youngest producer to ever have a song reach number one on the electronic music store Beatport. The track was a commercial success, reaching the top ten or topping on a number of electronic music charts, topping singles charts in the United Kingdom and Belgium, and reached #21 on the United States' Billboard Hot 100
Prior to release, the track gained buzz after being played anonymously with speculation increasing about the author after Dutch record label Spinnin' Records released a clip of the track online only titled "Animals (Teaser)". It started to reach even more speculation after a Vine video featuring Agnes from Despicable Me was posted. The track was, at various times, attributed to other acts like Hardwell, GTA, Sidney Samson and Bassjackers before the actual identity of the producer was revealed.
According to Garrix, the melody was based on a previous, never-released track that he composed two years prior, and the "ruthlessly minimalist" rhythmic sound (the drop) is a interpretation of Busta Rhymes' "What It Is". "Animals" is set at the tempo of 128 beats per minute.
Animals booked initial success at electronic dance music festivals like Tomorrowland, held throughout the summer of 2013. Subsequently it rose to number 1 at the online music store Beatport 100. In the period of August to October, the track began to climb up dance hit-lists as well as mainstream singles charts across continental Europe, getting all the way to top on Belgium's Ultratop 50. In November, the single debuted at number 1 on UK's Official Singles Chart, ahead of tough competition from Lily Allen's John Lewis 2013 Christmas campaign cover single "Somewhere Only We Know" and Ellie Goulding's Children in Need 2013 cover "How Long Will I Love You?".
"Animals" was used in a commercial for video game Madden NFL 25. It was added in the March 2014 update of Asphalt 8: Airborne. In April, the track was also used in the Dior advertisement for their "Dior Addict Fluid Stick. File Hashes