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Pall and Taggart first made a name for themselves by creating remixes of their favorite indie bands that garnered tens of millions of streams. The duo released their official debut single, "#Selfie," which celebrated and skewered 2010s narcissism, in January 2014. The track's bouncy beats and self-obsessed words hit number one on the Billboard dance chart and sold over ten million copies. Meanwhile, "#Selfie"'s video featured cameos by Snoop Dogg and David Hasselhoff, fueling the song's viral popularity to hundreds of millions of views. More singles, including "Kanye" and "Let You Go," followed.
In 2015, they issued the Bouquet EP on Disruptor Records, a softer and more indie-flavored effort that featured the single "Roses," which was certified double platinum and hit number one on the Top Dance Songs chart. The song also earned the Chainsmokers nominations for the Billboard Music Awards in the Top Dance/Electronic Artist and Top Dance/Electronic Song categories. After playing over 300 shows in 2015, including dates at festivals like Lollapalooza, Firefly, Tomorrowland, and Ultra, the duo returned in 2016 with the platinum-certified "Don't Let Me Down," a collaboration with Pittsburgh pop singer Daya that topped the Billboard dance chart and would later win a Grammy Award. That year, the Chainsmokers also performed as part of the Tilt Tour, the first ever fan-sourced tour. In addition, Pall and Taggart host two SiriusXM shows: Nice Hair, a monthly mix; and the weekly YouTube EDM 15.
The follow-up single to "Don't Let Me Down" would carry the duo to new heights. Featuring Halsey on vocals, "Closer" began its slow climb to the top of the singles chart in the summer of 2016. Once it hit number one, it remained in the top spot for over ten weeks, breaking the record previously held by Drake's "One Dance." As their chart dominance continued, they released the Collage EP, which joined their two Top Three singles with new collaborations featuring Phoebe Ryan, XYLØ, and Charlee. Their debut record, Memories: Do Not Open, arrived in 2017. Featuring guests Emily Warren, Jhene Aiko, Florida Georgia Line, and hit singles "Paris" and the Coldplay collaboration "Something Just Like This," Memories debuted at the top of the Billboard chart.
At the start of 2018, the pair veered in a more contemplative and lyrical direction with the single "Sick Boy," which landed on the EP of the same name. Sick Boy debuted on the Billboard 200 just outside the Top 50. Months later -- and with a handful of singles added -- Sick Boy the EP was expanded into Sick Boy the LP, the Chainsmokers' official sophomore full-length. Compiling all their previously released singles, the album included guests Drew Love, Kelsea Ballerini, Aazar, NGHTMRE, and frequent collaborator Emily Warren.
The following year, the duo took the same approach with their third album, World War Joy, which compiled monthly singles that included Hot 100 hit collaborations with Illenium, Lennon Stella, Bebe Rexha, and tourmates 5 Seconds of Summer. Upon release, the set debuted at number 65 on the Billboard 200. The Chainsmokers then collaborated with composer/producer Andrew Hollander on the soundtrack to the 2020 romantic drama Words on Bathroom Walls.
In January 2022, they hit the Top 40 with "High," the first single that appeared off their fourth album So Far So Good. Released that May, the album featured production from the Chainsmokers, as well as Ian Kirkpatrick and Ethan Snoreck. Also featured were writing contributions from Coldplay's Chris Martin, Emily Warren, Faheem Najm and Akon. So Far So Good debuted at number one on the Billboard Top Dance/Electronic albums chart. Several non-album tracks arrived in 2023, including "Make Me Feel" with Cheyenne Giles, "My Bad" with Shenseea, and "Self Destruction Mode" with Bludnymph. ~ Neil Z. Yeung & Heather Phares