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Eyes Open is a song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift from the soundtrack album The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond, which is not included in the film. The song was written by Swift and produced by Nathan Chapman. It was released as the lead single from the album and was sent to mainstream radio on March 27, 2012. A music video consisting of animation with the lyrics of the song was released on Vevo in May 2012.

Chart performance

The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 as the Hot Shot Debut at number 19 with sales of 176,000 in its first week. "Eyes Open" debuted on Billboard Pop Songs chart at number 28, making it Swift's highest Pop Songs chart debut, later overtaken by "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" which debuted at number 18. The song would later reach number 20 on the said chart on the week ending April 28, 2012. The song also debuted on Billboard Adult Pop Songs at number 24 and later peaked at number 11 on the week ending May 12, 2012. The song became Swift's 16th million-seller and her second million-seller from the soundtrack to The Hunger Games. The song has sold 1.3 million copies in the US as of November 2014.

Outside the U.S., "Eyes Open" achieved moderate success. In Canada, the song entered the Canadian Hot 100 and peaked at number 17 on the week ending April 7, 2012. In Australia, the song peaked at Australian Singles Chart at number 47 on the week ending March 26, 2012. On New Zealand, the song peaked at number six, became Swift's third top ten hit there, following "Love Story" and "You Belong with Me". "Eyes Open" also appeared in Ireland and UK, where it peaked at number 65 and number 70 respectively.

Eyes Open was the highest- charting single from all of The Hunger Games movies, it has since been surpassed by The Hanging Tree by James Newton Howard featuring vocals from American actress Jennifer Lawrence, which peaked at no. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Critical reception

The song garnered general critical acclaim from contemporary critics - most of whom favorably noted the song's more rock-oriented tone as compared to her previous releases. While reviewing The Hunger Games: Songs from District 12 and Beyond, Matt Bjorke named "Eyes Open" as one of the "standouts" on the record. Scott Shetler of Pop Crush gave the song four stars saying that "Eyes Open" "bridges the gap between Swift’s typical radio-friendly tales about the teenage experience and her most recent release, the mature, haunting ballad "Safe & Sound," but described the production of the song to be "the least country-sounding song Swift has ever recorded." Jason Lipshutz of Billboard also found the same description of the song - stating that it "[exists] more in the modern rock vein than her usual country-pop oeuvre."