You Can Blame These Artists For Influencing The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers, the insufferable dance-lite goons who ruled the Billboard Hot 100 last year and whose debut LP Memories… Do Not Open is currently the #1 album in the country, spent much of the mid-’00s reading music blogs. That, at least, is the inevitable conclusion that you’ll get from looking at the duo’s list of their greatest influences.

As one Reddit thread points out, the Chainsmokers posted a list of songs that influenced them on Snapchat last week. Some of the things on the list are not particularly surprising; Deadmau5 and David Guetta both figure in, as do the Postal Service, who essentially provided the blueprint for what they’re doing. But TV On The Radio’s “Wolf Like Me”? Cut Copy’s “Hearts On Fire”? Fischerspooner’s “Emerge”? The Knife’s “Heartbeats”? How in the fuck do you get from any of those songs to “Something Just Like This“? Marvel at the list below.

And here it is again, in plain text:

The Knife – “Heartbeats”
Tegan And Sara – “Out Of My Mind”
Fischerspooner – “Emerge”
Daft Punk – “Around The World”
Yoshimoto – “Do What You Do (Trentemøller Remix)”
Klaxons – “Gravity’s Rainbow (Van She Remix)”
Postal Service – “Clark Gable”
Metric – “Monster Hospital (MSTRKRFT Remix)
David Guetta – “Walking Away”
Deadmeau5 – “Faxing Berlin”
Justice – Everything on Cross
Dragonette – “Pick Up The Phone (Michael Van She Remix)”
TV On The Radio – “Wolf Like Me”
Bloc Party – “Banquet”
Van She – “Kelly (Breakbot Remix)”
Bag Raider – “Shooting Stars”
Cut Copy – “Hearts On Fire”
Miike Snow – “Sylvia”
Digitalism – “Pogo”

This clinches it: The Chainsmokers are the heirs to blog-house the same way that Staind were the heirs to grunge.