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Single by Counting Crows
from the album This Desert Life
Released November 2, 1999
Format CD single
Genre Rock
Length 4:12
Label Geffen
Writer(s) Adam Duritz, David Bryson, Dan Vickrey, Ben Mize
Producer(s) David Lowery, Dennis Herring
Counting Crows singles chronology
"Daylight Fading"
"Mrs. Potter's Lullaby"

"Hanginaround" is a hit single by the American rock band Counting Crows. It is the first track on their third album This Desert Life (1999). The song managed to hit number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, being their biggest hit on the chart to this date. It also reached the #17 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, being their last entry on the chart to date.

The lyrics go "I been hangin' around this town on the corner". The chorus of the song was used as the main theme for the 2006 NBC sitcom Four Kings.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hanginaround" - 4:12
  2. "Baby I'm a Big Star Now" - 5:59


The meaning of "Hanginaround" involves lead singer Adam Duritz's early life (around his mid-20s). He was unsure about his future. According to Counting Crows fansite anna-begins.com, Duritz says: ""So I was sort of ... semi-celebratory about that but also [thinking] 'Where am I going?' It's about a wild time when I was growing' up. Living a bit of a wild life, celebrating that. It's also about being scared that you don't have a future, but I don't think that's a waste. In the end, the guy just decides to continue having fun and to worry about it later. "[1]


Chart (1999) Peak
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 3
Canadian RPM Rock Chart 2
UK Singles Chart 46
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 28
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 19
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 21
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 5
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 17


  1. ^ "Lisa's Counting Crows Shrine". Anna-begins.com. Retrieved 2012-02-20.