Published on July 12, 2016
“Fight Song” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Rachel Platten, released as a single by Columbia Records on February 19, 2015. It appears on her 2015 EP of the same name and on her major label debut studio album, and third overall, Wildfire (2016). Platten co-wrote the song with Dave Bassett.
The song peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and also reached number one of the Adult Contemporary and Adult Pop Songs airplay charts. Outside the United States, “Fight Song” topped the charts in the United Kingdom and also peaked within the top ten of the singles charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the Republic of Ireland and the top twenty of the charts in Slovakia. It has sold two million copies in the United States, earning a double platinum certification from the RIAA.
Rachel Platten said of her inspiration: “‘Fight Song’ was inspired by a lot of experiences that were hurting me and that were making me feel like maybe I didn’t have a chance in this industry. I wrote it because I needed to remind myself that I believed in myself. No matter what, I still was gonna make music, even if it was on a small scale. Even if it was just for me.” She also said: “I really challenged myself in writing the past couple of years to be vulnerable in my lyrics. I didn’t want to skate past what was hurting. It didn’t scare me to be vulnerable because I think that’s when you get something great.”
According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Platten Music Publishing, the song is written in the key of G major with a moderate tempo of 88 beats per minute. The song follows a chord progression of G – G5/F♯ – Em – Csus2, and Platten’s vocals span from G3 to E5.
“Fight Song” has received positive reviews from critics, agreeing that the song’s positive message and Platten’s vocals were the song’s strongest features. A review by Markos Papatados from the Digital Journal stated “The lyrics for “Fight Song” are captivating and they tug at the heartstrings. It is a track from her Fight Song EP, which was released on May 15. Platten’s vocals are crisp and impressive, where the listener can recall such songstresses as Taylor Swift and Tristan Prettyman. Her lyrics are powerful and they paint a vivid picture in the minds of her listeners.”