«Counting Stars» is a song by American pop rock band OneRepublic from their third studio album, Native (2013). The song was written by lead singer Ryan Tedder, and produced by Tedder and Noel Zancanella. Musically, it is a pop song with strong elements of folk music. It was released as the album’s third single on June 14, 2013 in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.
The song has been one of the band’s most successful singles, reaching number one in many countries including Canada and the United Kingdom, number two in the United States, and top ten in 20 countries. It has sold over 1 million copies in the United Kingdom and over 8 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling singles of all time.
The song’s accompanying music video, directed by James Lees, features the band performing in the ground floor of a building (there are few basements in New Orleans) beneath an ongoing church congregation on the upper floor. As of November 2015, the video has received over 1.03 billion views on YouTube and is the eleventh most watched video of all time on the site.