Hitchin' a Ride (Green Day song)

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Not to be confused with Hitchin' a Ride (Vanity Fare song).
"Hitchin' a Ride"
Single by Green Day
from the album Nimrod
B-side "Sick"
Released September 22, 1997
Format CD
Recorded 1997
Genre Punk rock, alternative rock
Length 2:51
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Billie Joe Armstrong / Green Day
Producer(s) Rob Cavallo, Green Day
Green Day singles chronology
"Walking Contradiction"
"Hitchin' a Ride"
"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"
Music video
"Hitchin' A Ride" on YouTube

"Hitchin' a Ride" is a song by American punk rock band Green Day. It was released as the first single from their fifth album, Nimrod.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hitchin' a Ride"
  2. "Sick" (Non - LP Track)
  3. "Espionage (Instrumental)" (Non - LP Track) feat. horn arrangements by David Campbell

LP Box Set :

A :

  1. "Hitchin' a Ride"
  2. "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"

B :

  1. "Scattered"
  2. "Uptight"


PopMatters listed "Hitchin' a Ride" as the sixth best Green Day song, citing "Suiting its falling-off-the-wagon subject matter, "Hitchin’ a Ride" is a hellish yet exhilarating track that makes picking up a bottle look like probably not wisest idea one could have."[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Hitchin' a Ride" was directed by Mark Kohr, the director that Green Day had favored throughout the Dookie and Insomniac singles. The music video shows the band performing in a Jazz Age-reminiscent scenery amongst strange characters in costumes. Billie Joe plays his Fernandes Stratocaster 'Blue', Mike Dirnt uses a Fender Precision Bass and Tré Cool has a snare drum with a cymbal attached slung over his shoulders and a bass drum hung over his back. At the beginning of the song, the group is shown walking off a moving sidewalk on a stylized metropolitan street while still playing, switching to a stage setup in a jazz club after the chorus. During the bridge, a giant mosquito escapes from a box causing people to panic, while Billie Joe is shown destroying the stage using the mic stand and fighting with a waiter. In the outro, the band must run away from the club and returns onto the crowded street.

"Hitchin' a Ride" can also be found on International Superhits! and Bullet in a Bible. The music video is included on International Supervideos!.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
AUS Singles Chart 26
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 23
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 1
UK Singles Chart 25
US Hot 100 Airplay 59
US Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
US Modern Rock Tracks 5

See also[edit]


  1. ^ AJ Ramirez. "Nice Guys Finish Last: The Top 15 Green Day Songs". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 

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