Single by Muse
from the album The Resistance
Released22 February 2010 (2010-02-22)
StudioBellini, Lake Como, Italy
  • 5:46 (album version)
  • 3:55 (radio edit)
Songwriter(s)Matt Bellamy
Muse singles chronology
"Undisclosed Desires"
"Exogenesis: Symphony"
Alternative cover

"Resistance" is a song by English alternative rock band Muse, featured on their fifth studio album The Resistance. Written by vocalist, guitarist and pianist Matthew Bellamy, it was released as the third single from the album, following "Uprising" and "Undisclosed Desires", on 22 February 2010.[1] The song makes several references to the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, by George Orwell. The intro of the song is used in the trailer of the last episode of BBC show Silent Witness. In February 2010, Muse had uploaded a picture puzzle of "Resistance" artwork on their official Facebook page. The puzzle itself has a making of the "Resistance" track (which will be able to see it after solving the puzzle). This song was featured in a promo for an episode of Human Target. The song was also released as downloadable content for the music video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.

Music video

The music video for "Resistance", which features footage of the band performing live on The Resistance Tour, debuted on 14 January 2010, and was directed by Wayne Isham in Madrid (Palacio de los Deportes, 28-November-2009).[1]


"Resistance" reached number 35 in the Triple J Hottest 100, 2009.[2] On 22 February 2010, "Resistance" debuted at number 17 on the Hot30 Countdown. On 26 March 2010, "Resistance" debuted at number 20 on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, peaking at number 9.

The song was nominated at the 53rd Grammy Awards in two categories: Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Rock Song. It lost in both categories to Neil Young's "Angry World", and The Black Keys' "Tighten Up", respectively. In 2011, Croatian group 2Cellos covered this song as a cello duet.

"Resistance" was played frequently in concert by Muse. The song was played at most shows during The Resistance Tour, was played frequently during The 2nd Law Tour, and on rarer occasions during the Drones World Tour. A live version of "Resistance" was included on Live at Rome Olympic Stadium.

Track listing

CD single[3]
1."Resistance"Matthew Bellamy5:46
2."Prague" (Mega City Four cover)Darren Brown3:36
Total length:9:22
7-inch vinyl[4]
2."Popcorn" (Gershon Kingsley cover)Gershon Kingsley2:25
Total length:8:11
Digital download[5]
2."Resistance" (radio edit)Bellamy3:55
3."Resistance" (Tiësto remix)Bellamy8:10
Total length:17:51
Muse.mu "B-side bundle" download[6]
1."Resistance" (Tiësto remix)Bellamy8:10
2."Popcorn" (Gershon Kingsley cover)Kingsley2:25
3."Prague" (Mega City Four cover)Brown3:36
Total length:14:51


Commercial performance

On 21 February 2010, "Resistance" entered the UK Rock Chart at number two. Following from its success on the Rock Chart, on 28 February 2010, the single entered the UK Singles Chart as a new entry at number 38, beating previous single: "Undisclosed Desires", which only peaked at number 49. "Resistance" is now the second Top 40 hit from The Resistance. The same week resulted in "Resistance" climbing to the number one spot on the UK Rock Chart, as well. On the week of 20 March, it jumped from number six to number one on the Billboard Alternative Rock Chart and it became their second number one single on the chart along with their previous single "Uprising".

Weekly charts

Chart (2010) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[7] 72
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[8] 10
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[9] 5
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 91
Dutch Tipparade[11] 51
Polish Singles Chart[citation needed] 1
Scotland (OCC)[12] 33
UK Singles Chart 38
UK Rock Chart 1
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 14
US Billboard Rock Songs[13] 7
US Billboard Alternative Songs[13] 1

See also


  1. ^ a b "Resistance Single Release - Watch 30 Seconds of the Video Now!". Muse. 11 January 2010. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Hottest 100 - 2009: 31-40". Triple J. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Resistance: CD single". Muse. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  4. ^ "Resistance: Limited Edition 7" Picture Disc Single (muse.mu exclusive)". Muse. Archived from the original on 13 February 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Resistance: MP3 [256k]". Muse. Retrieved 17 February 2010.
  6. ^ "MUSE: SHOP - Resistance - MP3 B-side Bundle". Muse. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Australia's Official Music Charts". ARIA Charts. 27 February 2012. Archived from the original on 5 April 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Muse – Resistance" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Muse – Resistance" (in French). Ultratip.
  10. ^ "Muse: Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  11. ^ Megacharts. "Dutch Tipparade". Megacharts.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  13. ^ a b "Resistance - Muse: Currently Charting" Billboard.com. Retrieved 16 January 2010.