Starship: We Built This City (1985) HD online
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"We Built This City" is a 1985 song written by Bernie Taupin, Martin Page, Dennis Lambert, and Peter Wolf.
The song was originally recorded by US rock group Starship and released as their debut single on their album Knee Deep in the Hoopla.
The single version reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 on 16 November 1985.
The song reached number one on the US Top Rock Tracks chart and number twelve in the UK.
Despite the song's commercial success, it has appeared on several "worst song" lists, topping a 2011 Rolling Stone poll of worst songs of the 1980s by a wide margin.
The song was engineered by producer Bill Bottrell and arranged by Bottrell and Jasun Martz.
The song features Mickey Thomas and Grace Slick sharing lead vocals.
MTV executive and former DJ Les Garland provided the DJ voice-over during the song's bridge.
"We Built This City" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group in 1986.
In 2014 it was used for a United Kingdom commercial for the 3 mobile service. Following the advert, the song climbed 158 places to number 25 in the UK Singles Chart.