Bad Moon Rising (song)

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"Bad Moon Rising"
Single by Creedence Clearwater Revival
from the album Green River
B-side "Lodi"
Released April 1969 (1969-04)
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded March 1969, Wally Heider's Studio, San Francisco, California
Genre Roots rock, swamp rock
Length 2:21
Label Fantasy
Writer(s) John Fogerty
Producer(s) John Fogerty
Creedence Clearwater Revival singles chronology
"Proud Mary"
"Bad Moon Rising"
"Green River"

"Bad Moon Rising" is a song written by John Fogerty and performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival. It was the lead single from their album Green River and was released in April 1969, four months before the album. The song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for three weeks in September 1969 (see 1969 in music). It was CCR's second gold single.[1]

The song has been recorded by at least 20 different artists, in styles ranging from folk to reggae to psychedelic rock.

In 2011, Rolling Stone ranked it #364 on its "500 Greatest Songs of All Time" list.


Fogerty reportedly wrote "Bad Moon Rising" after watching The Devil and Daniel Webster. Inspired by a scene in the film involving a hurricane, Fogerty claims the song is about "the apocalypse that was going to be visited upon us."[2]


The refrain in the chorus, "there's a bad moon on the rise," is commonly misheard as "there's a bathroom on the right". Fogerty has parodied the mishearing in live performances of the song.[3][4]

In 2014, ranked the mishearing #5 on Top 10 Misheard Lyrics.[5][6]

Cover versions[edit]

Jerry Lee Lewis released a version of the song on his 1973 album, The Session.[7] Fogerty and Lewis recorded a version together that was released on Lewis' 2010 album, Mean Old Man.[8]

Emmylou Harris released a version of the song on her 1981 album, Evangeline.[9]

A 1986 version by the Australian band the Reels reached number 11 on the Australian charts.[10]

The Scottish traditional group Battlefield Band recorded a version for their 1987 album After Hours: Forward to Scotland's Past. A version was recorded by The Blue Aeroplanes and included on the 1995 Sugared Almond E.P.

The Song also appeared on the debut album Duh of the Punk Rock band Lagwagon in 1991. 16 Horsepower released a version as a b-side on the single "For Heaven's Sake" in 1997.

Thea Gilmore released a version on her 2004 cover album, Loft Music.[11]

A cover of the song by rock band Mourning Ritual was used in a promotional video for the season 4 second half trailer of AMC's The Walking Dead, as well as the season 2 premiere of The Following, and the season 3 finale of Teen Wolf. As well as used in the Sin trailer for Lords of the Fallen.


The song has been used in a number of films, including An American Werewolf in London, My Fellow Americans, Twilight Zone: The Movie, Blade, Sweet Home Alabama, My Girl, Man of the House, Mr. Woodcock, and The Big Chill.

It has also appeared in many television programs, including Supernatural, Cold Case, Northern Exposure, The Following, The Walking Dead, Teen Wolf, and Alvin and the Chipmunks, in which it is performed by the titular characters. A remixed version of the song can be heard in the video game Crackdown 2.

The song was available as a playable song for Guitar Hero 5 series of music rhythm video games as downloadable content.

Rock Band music gaming platform[edit]

The song was made available to download on March 1, 2011, for use in the Rock Band 3 music gaming platform in both Basic rhythm, and PRO mode, which takes advantage of the use of a real guitar / bass guitar, along with standard MIDI-compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards in addition to three-part harmony vocals.[12][13]

In popular culture[edit]

The song has become notably popular in Argentina as a soccer (fútbol) chant, sung by fans at the stadium to support their teams during soccer matches. Different versions of the lyrics exist for different local teams, and even political parties.[14]

During the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a modified version, titled "Brasil, decime qué se siente" ("Brazil, Tell Me How It Feels") with Spanish lyrics that taunted Brazil, Argentina's traditional rival, went viral and became very popular in Argentina.[15][16] It was adopted as the unofficial anthem for the Argentinian team by its fans, and was sung by fans and players alike.[17][18] After Brazil lost 7–1 in the semi-final against Germany, the song was again adapted.[18]

The song has also been used by UFC fighter Jim Miller as a walkout song.

Chart peaks[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
US Billboard Top 100 Singles 2
Australian ARIA Charts 3
Ö3 Austria Top 40 8
Belgian Ultratop 50 4
Canadian RPM Top Tracks 5
German Media Control Charts 8
Dutch Singles Charts 10
Irish Singles Charts 1
Norwegian VG-Lista Charts 3
Swedish Sverigetopplistan Charts 3
U.K. Singles Charts 1


  1. ^ Chronicle, Vol. 1 Liner Notes
  2. ^ Michael Goldberg (1993). Jann S. Wenner, ed. "Fortunate Son: John Fogerty - The 1993 Rolling Stone Interview". Rolling Stone (United States: Jann S. Wenner). Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  3. ^ CCR/John Fogerty FAQ. This can be heard on his 1998 live album Premonition.
  4. ^ "John fogerty - Bad Moon Rising live!" on YouTube
  5. ^ Top 10 Misheard Lyrics
  6. ^ Top 10 Misheard Lyrics
  7. ^ Jerry Lee Lewis, The Session Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  8. ^ Jerry Lee Lewis, Mean Old Man Retrieved April 7, 2012.
  9. ^ Emmylou Harris, Evangeline Retrieve April 7, 2012.
  10. ^ McFarlane, Ian. "The Reels". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. Archived from the original on June 15, 2004. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ Thea Gilmore, Loft Music Retrieved July 18, 2014.
  12. ^ Gaddo, Kyle (February 25, 2011). "Eleven Legacy Rock Band Tracks Getting PRO Upgrades March 1st". DualShockers. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  13. ^ Snider, Mike (June 10, 2010). "Rock Band 3: What's New, What's Notable". USA Today. Retrieved November 8, 2012. 
  14. ^ Lisando Guzmán (June 24, 2014). ""Brasil, decime qué se siente", un himno mundialista con historia" ["Brazil, tell me how it feels", a world cup hym with history] (in Spanish). La Voz del Interior. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ Malyon, Ed (June 26, 2014). "World Cup diary: Argentina fans channel Creedence Clearwater Revival with song of the tournament". Mirror. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  16. ^ Marcelle Hutchins. "How Argentinians made 'Bad Moon Rising' their soccer anthem". PRI. 
  17. ^ Mikey Stafford. "The defining song of the 2014 World Cup is…". The Score. 
  18. ^ a b Robert Mackey (July 9, 2014). "Argentines Sing of Brazil’s Humiliation, Loudly and in Rio". New York Times. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"In the Year 2525" by Zager & Evans
UK number one single
September 20, 1969 – October 4, 1969
Succeeded by
"Je t'aime... moi non plus" by Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg