''It's a song about having an awakening; kind of waking up one day and deciding to do something new, and see life in a fresh way. A lot of people hear it in a dark way, but, I think, without saying the word too many times, it's empowering, and so we wanted to display that in a way that the listener wouldn't see normally." - Dan Reynolds
"When I wrote ''Radioactive'', we'd been a band for two and a half, maybe three years. We were at that point so many bands get to - where we're playing small clubs and filling them, but to break out at that level is a difficult thing. I was questioning my own career choice. I really wanted to have a family at some point and be able to support them, and still do what I love. So it was a difficult time. I'm a really up and down person; I've always struggled with depression.'' - Dan Reynolds
"In truth, the song is about becoming self-empowered and saying, 'I'm happy with who I am, happy with the choices I'm making'. It's about sweating off all the dust and grime of self-doubt and judgment, and embracing who you are." - Dan Reynolds
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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