“Pumped Up Kicks” is an Indie pop and alternative rock recorded by American indie pop band Foster the People formed in Los Angeles, California in 2009. The song was written and recorded by frontman Mark Foster while he was working as a commercial jingle writer. Contrasting with the upbeat musical composition, the lyrics describe a youth’s homicidal thoughts of a killing spree. “Pumped Up Kicks” was released as the group’s debut single in September 2010, and was later included on their EP Foster the People and their debut album Torches. The song became both a crossover hit and a sleeper hit, as it received airplay on modern rock stations soon after its release in September 2010, and in mid-2011 began seeing noticeable airplay on contemporary hit radio stations. The song spent eight consecutive weeks at number three in the U.S. on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the first Billboard Alternative Songs number-one single to crack the U.S. top 5 since Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” in 2009. The song received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance.