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Sledgehammer
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Song by Fifth Harmony
U.S. Release October 28, 2014
From Reflection
Recorded 2014
Total Length 3:50
Credits
Written By

Jonas Jeberg
Meghan Trainor
Sean Douglas

Production By

Jeberg
Harvey Mason, Jr.

Album Chronology
Previous Song BO$$
Next Song Worth It
Single Chronology
Previous Single BO$$
Next Single All I Want For Christmas Is You

Sledgehammer is the second single by Fifth Harmony included in their first studio album, Reflection, which debuted on February 3, 2015.

Background

Sledgehammer takes on a fun pop vibe, vastly different from the girls' hip-hop banger BO$$ and 2013's Miss Movin' On. It's about the kind of love that just can't be contained and forces you to let go. On the behind-the-scenes of the song's music video, they said they "decided to with Sledgehammer for our second single because our album has such a variety of sounds, and we all like completely different genres... the transition from 'Bo$$' to 'Sledgehammer' just shows how eclectic our sound is. And it's a relatable concept, just being with the person that you like, and feeling your heart beat like a sledgehammer."

Critical Response

Mike Wass of Idolater called it "a sugary sweet synth-pop anthem with serious radio appeal". Jessica Hyndman of MTV gave a positive review, saying "Sledgehammer takes on a fun pop vibe, vastly different from the girls’ hip-hop banger Bo$$ and last year’s Miss Movin’ On". Billboard gave a positive review saying, "With an EDM-meets-new-wave beat and an immediate hook, ‘Sledgehammer’ is the best pop track about the physical effects of lovesickness since Demi Lovato’s Heart Attack’”. Teen Vogue called it their "favorite song the girl group's released....ever". Lucas Villa of AXS favorably compared the song to Ciara's "Overdose" and added that "'Sledgehammer' fittingly sounds like it could be [Fifth Harmony's] true breakthrough."

Music Video

The music video for Fifth Harmony's second single of their debut album Reflection, Sledgehammer, was released on November 25, 2014 on VEVO. As of October 2015, the video has gotten over 70 million views on VEVO.

Background

It was directed and choreographed by Fatima Robinson, who also directed the music video for 'BO$$'. Scenes in the video include a swing set, an unicorn sculpture, and a silhouetted man swinging a sledgehammer.

Fifth Harmony - Sledgehammer03:52

Fifth Harmony - Sledgehammer

Lyrics

Camila:
If you could take my pulse right now
It would feel just like a sledgehammer

Fifth Harmony:
If you could feel my heartbeat now
It would hit you like a sledgehammer

Camila (with Fifth Harmony):
I don't admit it, I play it cool
But every minute that I'm with you
(I feel the fever) and I won't lie, (I break a sweat)
(My body's telling) all the secrets (I ain't told you yet)

Ally (Fifth Harmony):
(Oh oh) I struggle to contain
(Whoah) The love that's in my veins
(Oh oh) And how it circulates (Whoah)

Fifth Harmony:
If you could take my pulse right now
It would feel just like a sledgehammer

Woah, oh, oh, o-oh
Woah, oh, oh, o-oh

If you could feel my heartbeat now
It would hit you like a sledgehammer

Woah, oh, oh, o-oh
Woah, oh, oh, o-oh

You're takin' over the beat of my body
You just don't let up, don't let up
You're takin' over the beat of my body
But you lift me up, lift me up

If you take my pulse right now
It would feel just like a sledgehammer

Woah, oh, oh, o-oh
Woah, oh, oh, o-oh

Lauren with Fifth Harmony:
So close together
So far apart
You're turning me on
And my fire's waitin' for your spark

Ally (with Camila in the live version) (Fifth Harmony):
(Oh oh) I struggle to contain
(Whoah) The love that's in my veins
(Oh oh) And how it circulates (Whoah)

Fifth Harmony:
If you could take my pulse right now
It would feel just like a sledgehammer

Woah, oh, oh, o-oh
Woah, oh, oh, o-oh

If you could feel my heartbeat now
It would hit you like a sledgehammer

Woah, oh, oh, o-oh
Woah, oh, oh, o-oh

You're takin' over the beat of my body
You just don't let up, don't let up
You're takin' over the beat of my body
But you lift me up, lift me up

If you take my pulse right now
It would feel just like a sledgehammer

Woah, oh, oh, o-oh
Woah, oh, oh, o-oh

Normani:
The truth is out
No stopping now
I'm getting closer

Fifth Harmony:
Ah, ah, ah, a-ah

Ally:
I've had enough
Undress my love
I'm coming over

Fifth Harmony:
Ah, ah, ah, a-ah

Camila (with Fifth Harmony):
If you could take my pulse right now
It would (feel just like a sledgehammer)
Oh, yeah
And if you could take my pulse right now
It would (feel just like a sledgehammer)
Hammer, oh!

Ally:
If you take my pulse!

Fifth Harmony:
If you could take my pulse right now
It would feel just like a sledgehammer (Ally: Oh woah!)

Woah, oh, oh, o-oh
Woah, oh, oh, o-oh

If you could feel my heartbeat now (Ally: If you could feel my heartbeat now)
It would hit you like a sledgehammer (Ally: Hammer!)

Woah, oh, oh, o-oh
Woah, oh, oh, o-oh

You're takin' over the beat of my body
You just don't let up, don't let up
You're takin' over the beat of my body
But you lift me up, lift me up

If you take my pulse right now
It would feel just like a sledgehammer

Fifth Harmony:
If you could take my pulse right now
It would feel just like a sledgehammer
If you could feel my heartbeat now
It would hit you like a sledgehammer

Dinah (with Fifth Harmony):
I don't admit it, I play it cool
But every minute that I'm with you
(I feel the fever) and I won't lie, (I break a sweat)
(My body's telling) all the secrets (I ain't told you yet)

Ally (Fifth Harmony):
(Oh oh) I struggle to contain
(Whoah) The love that's in my veins
(Oh oh) And how it circulates (Whoah)

Fifth Harmony:
If you could take my pulse right now
It would feel just like a sledgehammer

Woah, oh, oh, o-oh
Woah, oh, oh, o-oh

If you could feel my heartbeat now
It would hit you like a sledgehammer

Lauren with Ally:
So close together
So far apart
You're turning me on
And my fire's waitin' for your spark

Ally (Fifth Harmony):
(Oh oh) I struggle to contain
(Whoah) The love that's in my veins
(Oh oh) And how it circulates (Whoah)

Fifth Harmony:
If you could take my pulse right now
It would feel just like a sledgehammer
If you could feel my heartbeat now
It would hit you like a sledgehammer

You're takin' over the beat of my body
You just don't let up, don't let up
You're takin' over the beat of my body
But you lift me up, lift me up

If you take my pulse right now
It would feel just like a sledgehammer

Normani:
The truth is out
No stopping now
I'm getting closer

Fifth Harmony:
Ah, ah, ah, a-ah

Ally:
I've had enough
Undress my love
I'm coming over

Fifth Harmony:
Ah, ah, ah, a-ah

Dinah (with Fifth Harmony):
If you could take my pulse right now
It would (feel just like a sledgehammer)
And if you could take my pulse right now
It would (feel just like a sledgehammer)
Hammer, no no!

Ally:
If you take my pulse!

Fifth Harmony:
If you could take my pulse right now
It would feel just like a sledgehammer (Ally: Whoaaaaa!)

If you could feel my heartbeat now (Ally: If you could feel my heartbeat now)
It would hit you like a sledgehammer (Ally: Hammer!)

You're takin' over the beat of my body
You just don't let up, don't let up
You're takin' over the beat of my body
But you lift me up, lift me up

If you take my pulse right now
It would feel just like a sledgehammer


Chart Performance and Certifications

Chart Name Peak Position
Australia (ARIA) 88
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 49
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) 21
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 63
Canada CHR/Top 40 (Billboard) 34
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100) 27
Ireland (IRMA) 83
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 36
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100) 30
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 75
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 112
US Billboard Hot 100 40
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard) 36
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard) 21 Platinum 1.5 million

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