Disease (song)

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"Disease"
Single by Matchbox Twenty
from the album More Than You Think You Are
Released September 30, 2002
Format CD single / Audio cassette
Recorded 2002
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:43
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Rob Thomas
Mick Jagger
Producer(s) Matt Serletic
Matchbox Twenty singles chronology
"Last Beautiful Girl"
(2001)
"Disease"
(2002)
"Unwell"
(2003)

"Disease" was released on September 30, 2002 as the first single from Matchbox Twenty's third album, More Than You Think You Are. It was co-written by Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas and The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. The song peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Disease" was one of two songs written and presented to Mic Jagger, by Rob Thomas in which Jagger actually gives back the song, saying "it would sound better coming from you".

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Phil Harder, starts with a man turning on his colorful boombox, then roller skating over a wide section of New York City, amid images of the band illuminated on moving billboards. During the second chorus, we see the band performing in a large outdoor roller-rink, complete with a disco ball. They are surrounded by a crowd dancing along, and to begin the 3rd chorus, Rob slides off the stage on all fours onto the dance floor past the crowd. At the end of the song, the roller skater shuts off his beat box and then proceeds up some stairs, presumably to his home.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 31
German Singles Chart 85
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100) 89
UK Singles Chart 50
US Billboard Hot 100 29
US Billboard Pop Songs 21
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs 4

Track listing[edit]

  • Australian release (2002)
  1. "Disease" – 3:43
  2. "Push" (country version, from VH1 Storytellers) – 3:40
  3. "Crutch" (from VH1 Storytellers) – 3:17