2014’s #Selfie is what first made the world aware of The Chainsmokers. If that song capitalized on the you-know-what trend and had the spoken “But first, let me take a selfie” line as its main hook, then 2016’s Closer is a different beast. It marks the first time the DJ duo sing on one of their songs. More specifically, Chainsmokers member Andrew Taggart sings the first verse, describing the male perspective of meeting an ex-lover after a long period of separation: “And four years, no calls / Now you’re looking pretty in a hotel bar”.
American singer Halsey comes in then with a second verse, portraying the female character in the story: “I forget just why I left you, I was insane / Stay and play that Blink-182 song”. That lyric also points to the main inspiration behind Closer, as the group members themselves admitted: “We were listening to Blink-182’s I Miss You and had just started playing it in our sets when we wrote this song.” This is the first time The Chainsmokers topped the charts, though the aforementioned #Selfie, as well as Roses and Don’t Let Me Down were all Top-20 hits.
Closer spent 12 consecutive weeks at number one in Billboard Top 100 before being dethroned by Rae Sremmurd’s Black Beatles (featuring Gucci Mane).