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DNA is a song by Little Mix which serves as their second single and appears as the second track on their debut album DNA. It was released on October 1, 2012. An acoustic version titled DNA (Unplugged) appears on the Deluxe Edition of the album as the sixteenth track.

Background

In January 2012, Little Mix begun recording songs for their debut album. The group worked with production team TMS, and Iain James on a number of songs at The Music Shed in London, England, four of which were chosen for the album. One of these four songs was "DNA," which subsequently became the title of the album. The song originated from the group's personal experiences in romantic situations. The group wanted to create a song about their own experiences so that they could improve the quality of their live performances. Edwards said: "We perform better when the lyrics mean something to us when we sing them." "DNA" was developed to manifest a completely different side to Little Mix. When creating the song, Little Mix took into consideration which of their performances during their time on The X Factor was the most popular. Their performance of Katy Perry's "E.T." was the week during The X Factor where the group received the most votes. The group's version of "E.T." was perceived as "quite dark" by Jade Thirlwall, in turn, Thirlwall said that the group wanted "DNA" to showcase a darker side of the group. Thirlwall told Sarah Dean of The Huffington Post that the song was also inspired to show how the group has grown in maturity.

Critical Reception

Jon Hornbuckle of So So Gay described "DNA" as "an addictive slice of dark pop, with the chorus breakdown remaining not only a highlight on this track, but of the entire album." The song was well-received by Vicky Newman from Shields Gazette, who felt that it demonstrates the group's "stunning" harmonies and allows their voices to "shine". Newman also wrote that the song's urban edge manifests Little Mix's growth and development. Gigwise's Andrew Trendell praised the track's production, writing, "The skittering beats and little quirks of 'DNA' make it instantly memorable." Adrian Thrills of the Daily Mail complimented the song's choral middle-eight, deeming it "an inventive sonic flourish". "DNA" was described as "pop perfection" by Lewis Corner of Digital Spy, who highlighted the song's "spooky synths, pumping heartbeats and gothic choir finale". John Earls from British newspaper, Daily Star, positively reviewed the single, calling it "a winning formula," in addition to awarding it a nine out of ten rating. Earls went on to mention that the song is "A regal anthem that will have all of Girls Aloud wondering how they didn't release it first, the Little Mixers are sounding huge at last.". "DNA" was deemed "amazing" by Clemmie Moodie of the Daily Mirror. Eve Barlow for NME likened the song to Katy Perry's "E.T." and described it as "a banger"

Chart Performance

The song debuted and peaked at #8 on the Irish Singles Chart, becoming Little Mix's third consecutive top ten hit in Ireland. It spent a total of 14 weeks on the chart. In the United Kingdom, DNA entered the UK Singles Chart at #3. It became Little Mix's third consecutive top three hit in the country and went on to spend a total of nine weeks on the chart.

Music Video

The music video was released on October 19, 2012. It was directed by Sarah Chatfield.

Teasers

Lyrics

Perrie:
Does he tell you he loves when you least expect it?
Does he flutter your heart when he kisses your neck?
No scientist, or biology
It's obvious, when he's holding me
It's only natural, that I'm so affected

Jade:
Oh, and my heart won't beat again
If I can't feel him in my veins
No need to question, I already know

Little Mix:
It's in his DNA, D-D-D-DNA
It's in his DNA
And he just takes my breath away, b-b-b-breath away
I feel it every day
And that's what makes a man
Not hard to understand
Perfect in every way
I see it in his face
Nothing more to say
its in his D-D-D-DNA

Jesy:
It's the blue in his eyes that helps me see the future
Fingerprints that leave me covered for days, yeah hey yeah
(with Little Mix: Now I don't have any first degree
But I know... What he does to me)
No need to work it out, it's so familiar

Jade:
Oh, and my heart won't beat again
If I can't feel him in my veins
No need to question, I already know

Little Mix:
It's in his DNA, D-D-D-DNA
It's in his DNA
And he just takes my breath away, b-b-b-breath away
I feel it every day
And that's what makes a man
Not hard to understand
Perfect in every way
I see it in his face
Nothing more to say
It's in his D-D-D-DNA

Leigh-Anne:
It's all about his kiss
Contaminates my lips
Our energy connects
It's simple genetics
I'm the X to his Y
It's the colour of his eyes
He can do no wrong
No he don't need to try

Leigh-Anne with Little Mix:
Made from the best
He passes all the tests
Got my heart beating fast
It's cardiac arrest
He's from a different strain
That science can't explain
I guess that's how he's made
In his D-D-D...DNA

Little Mix:
(Perrie: oh woah oh) It's in his DNA, D-D-D-DNA...
It's in his DNA
And he just takes my breath away, b-b-b-breath away (Jade: breath away, yeah)
I feel it every day
And that's what makes a man (Jade: what makes a man)
Not hard to understand (Jade: to understand)
Perfect in every way (Jade: in every way)
I see it in his face (Jade: in his face)
Nothing more to say (Jade: nothing more to say)
It's in his D-D-D-D...DNA

Perrie (Little Mix):
Does he tell (Ha) you he loves when you least (Ha) expect it? (Ha) (Ha-ah)
Does he flutter (Ha) your heart when he kisses (Ha) your neck? (Ha) (Ha-ah)
No scientist (Ooh), or biology (Ooh, ooh, ooh)
It's obvious, when he's holding me
(Ooh ooh) It's only natural, that I'm so affected

Jade (Little Mix):
Oh, and my heart won't beat again
If I can't feel him in my veins (Ooh)
No need to question, I already know

Little Mix:
It's in his DNA, D-D-D-DNA
It's in his DNA
And he just takes my breath away, b-b-b-breath away
I feel it every day
And that's what makes a man
Not hard to understand
Perfect in every way
I see it in his face
Nothing more to say
its in his D-D-D-D-DNA

Jesy (Little Mix):
It's the blue in his eyes that helps me see the future (Mm-mm-mm)
Fingerprints that leave me covered for days, yeah hey yeah
(with Little Mix: Now I don't have any first degree
But I know, what he does to me)
No need to work it out, it's so familiar (No)
Oh oh (with Little Mix: woah)

Jade (Little Mix):
And my heart won't beat again
If I can't feel him in my veins (Ooh)
No need to question, I already know (I already know)

Little Mix:
It's in his DNA, D-D-D-DNA
It's in his DNA
And he just takes my breath away, b-b-b-breath away
I feel it every day
And that's what makes a man
Not hard to understand
Perfect in every way
I see it in his face
Nothing more to say
It's in his D-D-D-D-DNA

It's in his DNA, in his, in his DNA
It's in his DNA, D-D-D-DNA
It's in his DNA, in his, in his DNA
It's in his DNA, D-D-D-DNA

Leigh-Anne (Little Mix):
(Ooh aah) It's all about his kiss
(Ooh aah) Contaminates my lips
(Ooh) Our energy connects
It's simple genetics
(Ooh aah) I'm the X to his Y
(Ooh aah) It's the colour of his eyes
(Ooh) He can do no wrong
No he don't need to try

Leigh-Anne with all:
Made from the best
He passes all the tests
Got my heart beating fast
It's cardiac arrest
He's from a different strain
That science can't explain
I guess that's how he's made
In his D-D-DNA

Little Mix:
Aaah-a-aah, Aaah-a-aaah
Aaah-a-aah, Aaah-a-aaah

(Perrie: Oh woah oh) It's in his DNA, D-D-D-DNA
It's in his DNA
And he just takes my breath away, breath away
I feel it every day
And that's what makes a man (Jade: What makes a man)
Not hard to understand (Jade: To understand)
Perfect in every way (Jade: In every way)
I see it in his face (Jade: In his face)
Nothing more to say (Jade: Nothing more to say)
It's in his D-D-D-D-DNA

Audio

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