| Producer = TMS
| Last single = "Wings"
| This single = "DNA"
| Next single = "Change Your Life"
| Misc =
"DNA" is a song recorded by British girl group Little Mix for their 2012 debut album of the same name. Released as the album's second single, the song was solicited to contemporary radio stations in the United Kingdom on 1 October 2012. Syco digitally released the single in Ireland and the United Kingdom on 9 November 2012. It was written by TMS, Iain James and Little Mix, while the production was handled by TMS. "DNA" is an electronic pop ballad, which incorporates R&B and techno pop musical styles. Lyrically, the song contains multiple references to scientific vocabulary and is based on themes of love and obsession.
"DNA" garnered positive reviews from music critics, who praised the group's powerful vocals and the song's darker sound. The song received comparisons to Katy Perry's song "E.T." (2011), which was an inspirational factor in its development. "DNA" was commercially successful, debuting and peaking at number three the UK Singles Chart with sales of 72,044 copies, becoming the group's third consecutive top three hit there. It also reached the top ten in Ireland, Hungary and Scotland, and was certified gold in Australia where it peaked at number 48.
The accompanying music video was directed by Sarah Chatfield and was released on 19 October 2012. Filmed in comic book movie style, it portrays Little Mix as female assassins who stalk and then kidnap men who they are obsessed with. Critics noted the similarities from the video with that of comic series ''Sin City'' and fictional character Catwoman, and gave it positive reviews for it. Little Mix have performed "DNA" on television shows ''Loose Women'' and ''The X Factor''. They also performed the song as a continuation of the music video's storyline on their DNA Tour (2013).
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.〔
Little Mix co-wrote "DNA" with TMS and Iain James.〔 TMS developed the song's guitar riff, drum beats and synths.〔 It received additional vocal engineering from Daniel Aslet and Ben Collier.〔 Serban Ghenea mixed the track at MixStar Studios in Virginia Beach, USA, and Tom Coyne was responsible for the song's mastering.〔 "DNA" was based on the emotions a girl develops when she first meets and dates a boy.〔 In an interview with Emily Laurence of ''Seventeen,'' Perrie Edwards explained: "When a girl first gets with a boy, that kind of romance makes you feel really giddy and happy. That's what 'DNA' is about."〔 The group wrote "DNA" as a unique love song by coming up with scientific ideas that would match with love. It was also written as a song about obsession.〔 Speaking to Tim Jonze of ''The Guardian'', Leigh-Anne Pinnock mentioned: "It's not just a love song, it's about being obsessed with someone to the extreme. And sometimes when things go bad you do go like that, you stalk them on Facebook..."〔
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