Fandom

Selena Gomez Wiki

Bang Bang Bang

302pages on
this wiki
Add New Page
Comments0 Share
 ! This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors). Nohat-wiki-logo.png
Bang Bang Bang
Freefonix logo1
Featured Artist(s) Selena Gomez
Album When the Sun Goes Down
Released June 7, 2012
Recorded 2011
Genre Electro-disco, elctropop
Format Digital download
Length 3:16
Writer(s) Toby Gad, Meleni Smith, Priscilla Hamilton
Producer(s) Toby Gad

"Bang Bang Bang" is a song performed by American band Selena Gomez & the Scene, from their third studio album, When the Sun Goes Down (2011). It was written by Meleni Smith and Priscilla Hamilton, and the song's producer, Toby Gad. The song was released exclusively to the iTunes Store on June 7, 2011, as the album's first promotional single. Selena Gomez stated that the song the most personal on the album. The song features lyrics directed towards a former boyfriend, as the protagonist declares that her new lover is much better. Musically, the song has a retro production style and is influenced by 1980s music, while deriving of the electro-pop and electro-disco genres. Critics gave the song positive reviews, with several complimenting its sassy attitude and retro feel. The song charted in the lower regions of the Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Hot 100, at number 96 and 94, respectively.

Background

The song was written by Meleni Smith, Priscilla Renea, and the producer of the track, Toby Gad. In an interview with Fashion, Gomez called the "snarky" song the most personal track on the album. The song is aimed towards an ex-boyfriend and Gomez tells him that her new boyfriend is better than he was. The media circulated rumors that that the song was based upon Gomez's old relationship with Nick Jonas of The Jonas Brothers, and her then boyfriend, Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber. In an interview with Billboard, when giving a track-by-track preview of the album, Gomez said, "It's a really fun, cheeky song. It's kind of an insult/compliment song about someone that used to be in your life and now someone who is in your life who's amazing. It's a sweet song and I feel like a lot of girls can related to it especially."

Composition

"Bang Bang Bang" is an electro-disco and electro-pop song, exhibiting a retro production style featuring a synthpop keyboard with synths reminiscent of La Roux's "Bulletproof." The song also exudes influences of 1980s synthpop, as well as New Wave. The song marks a mature sound for the band, as Gomez uses "sultry" vocal inflections and more adult lyrics. Jenna Hally Rubenstein of MTV Buzzworthy said that "The Toby Gad-produced jam has got a cool '80s vibe, while still capturing that same young and fresh sound Selena is known for." Gomez opens the song with a "menial giggle"'; she then delivers the song's lyrics in a tone that is in a confident, coy manner. The song's lyrics detail the protagonist boasting about moving on from a past relationship to a new, better one. Bill Lamb of About.com said the song's words "dismiss a former boyfriend in favor of one who has more swagger."

Reception

Bill Lamb of About.com considered the song one of the band's "most accomplished singles yet" and commented: "Consistent quality is a key to the success of Selena Gomez as a singer, and 'Bang Bang Bang' looks like it could be her fifth consecutive top 40 pop hit." Jared Wieselman of the New York Post called the track "the song of the summer" and complimented its "sensational synth vibe, lovely lyrical kiss off and beyond addictive hook." Furthermore, Wiselman said: "Mark my words, this will become a summer anthem & one of the most mashed up tracks of the year." Tim Sendra of Allmusic noted the song as a highlight of the album and said that Gomez "bubbles" her way through the "dancefloor-friendly" track. John Bergstrom of PopMatters called the song a "fun piece of sass." Although Cristin Maher of PopCrush wrote that "for a girl with a four-piece band backing her up, the music seems a bit underwhelming," she said that the song was a "fun, sassy track that will surely please all of the teen pop fans out there." Blair Kelly of musicOMH was less enthusiastic of the song; she deemed it "forgettable" and stated that it and "Love You Like a Love Song" were both "wannabe electro-pop songs which lack both lyrical merit and a really catchy hook to make up for it." Following its release as a promotional single, "Bang Bang Bang" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Hot 100 at positions ninety-six and ninety-seven respectively, and it dropped from both charts the following week.

Lyrics

My new boy used to be a model
He looks way better than you
He looks way better than you
My new boy gets it how to get me
His love is deeper, you know
He's a real keeper, you know, oh

Bang, bang, bang I'm breaking in
Stealing all my love back, giving it to him
Bang, bang, bang, this time I win
I thought your love was all that,
Til I let him in

You're gonna be the one [x4]
That's moping
You're gonna be the one [x2]
When I'm out havin' fun
You're gonna be the one
That's broken

My new boy knows the way I want it
He's got more swagger than you
He's got more swagger than you do
My new boy really likes to flaunt this
He's not hiding me you know
He's showing me off you know

Bang, bang, bang I'm breaking in
Stealing all my love back, giving it to him
Bang, bang, bang, this time I win
I thought your love was all that,
Til I let him in

You're gonna be the one [x4]
That's moping
You're gonna be the one [x2]
When I'm out havin' fun
You're gonna be the one
That's broken

I hope you slip and fall and trip
All over my heart and just lay there alone
Yeah, you got what you wanted
On your hands and knees,
Gasping for air, grasping for me
Baby don't hold your breath
I've moved on to the next

On to the next one [x2]

Bang, bang, bang I'm breaking in
Stealing all my love back, giving it to him
Bang, bang, bang, this time I win
I thought your love was all that,
Til I let him in

You're gonna be the one [x4]
That's moping
You're gonna be the one [x2]
When I'm out havin' fun
You're gonna be the one
That's broken

Bang, bang, bang I'm breaking in
Stealing all my love back, giving it to him
Bang, bang, bang, this time I win
I thought your love was all that,
Til I let him in

Ad blocker interference detected!


Wikia is a free-to-use site that makes money from advertising. We have a modified experience for viewers using ad blockers

Wikia is not accessible if you’ve made further modifications. Remove the custom ad blocker rule(s) and the page will load as expected.