Human Clay

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Human Clay
Studio album by Creed
Released September 28, 1999
Recorded Late 1998 - Early 1999
Genre Post-grunge, hard rock


1:05:07 (with bonus tracks)
Label Wind-up
Producer John Kurzweg
Creed chronology
My Own Prison
Human Clay
Singles from Human Clay
  1. "Higher"
    Released: August 24, 1999
  2. "What If"
    Released: January 2000
  3. "With Arms Wide Open"
    Released: April 24, 2000
  4. "Are You Ready?"
    Released: August 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (C)[2]
Entertainment Weekly (C-)[3]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[4]
Rock Hard (de) 9/10[5]

Human Clay is the second album by American rock band Creed, released on September 28, 1999 through Wind-Up Records. It was certified 11x platinum and Diamond by the RIAA, and is 54th on the top 100 selling albums of all time in the United States (as of February 2007).[6] It ranks as the eighth best selling album in the US since the advent of Nielsen SoundScan in 1991.[7] The album was the band's first to hit #1 in the U.S., where it debuted with first week sales of 315,000, and stayed on top for two weeks.[8] As of October 2014, it has sold 11,690,000 copies in the United States alone, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[7] It has also been certified 6 times platinum in Canada, 5 times in Australia[citation needed] and 7 times in New Zealand,[citation needed]and 4 times in Switzerland among others, selling an estimated 20 million copies worldwide.[9] The fourth single "With Arms Wide Open" won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. The album had three videos released from it: "Higher", "What If," and "With Arms Wide Open," the last of which was voted the 92nd best music video of all-time by VH1 who also ranked it #4 on the "25 Greatest Power Ballads".[10] VH1 listed "Higher" as one of the greatest hard rock songs of all time in 2009. Human Clay is the only Creed album without a title track.

According to Mark Tremonti, the album cover represents a crossroad which every man finds himself at in his life and the man of clay represented "our actions, that what we are is up to us, that we lead our own path and make our own destiny." The title of the album comes from a lyric in "Say I" ("The dust has finally settled on the field of human clay"), a song which carries the same message.

This was the final album until 2009's Full Circle to feature Brian Marshall on bass guitar; he departed from the band shortly after the tour for the album in August 2000. Mark Tremonti filled as the bassist on their third album, Weathered, while Brett Hestla became their touring bassist. However, the band has since reunited with Marshall.

Human Clay was ranked #5 on Billboard's 200 Albums of the Decade in 2009.[11] The album has sold over 11.5 million copies in the United States, making it the best selling album of Creed's career and one of the best-selling albums in the United States it spent a record 104 weeks on the chart survey.[12]


In 2005, Human Clay was ranked number 422 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Scott Stapp, all music composed by Mark Tremonti.

No. Title Length
1. "Are You Ready?"   4:45
2. "What If"   5:18
3. "Beautiful"   4:20
4. "Say I"   5:15
5. "Wrong Way"   4:19
6. "Faceless Man"   5:59
7. "Never Die"   4:51
8. "With Arms Wide Open"   4:38
9. "Higher"   5:19
10. "Wash Away Those Years"   6:04
11. "Inside Us All"   5:39
12. "Young Grow Old"   4:47
Total length:


  • Travis McGehee - Engineer, Mixing Assistant

Additional musicians

  • John Kurzweg - B-3 organ on "Wrong Way"
  • Kirk Kelsey - Mandolin on "Wrong Way"

Charts and certifications[edit]


Year Single Chart Position
1999 "Higher" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7
U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
2000 "What If" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 102
U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
"With Arms Wide Open" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks
"Are You Ready?" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 125
U.S. Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
Preceded by
The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails
Billboard 200 number-one album
October 16–29, 1999
Succeeded by
Supernatural by Santana

See also[edit]

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (2000–2009) Position
U.S. Billboard 200 5


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  2. ^ "CG: Creed". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  3. ^ Morgan, Laura (1999-10-08). "Human Clay Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  4. ^ Powers, Ann (1999-10-28). "Creed: Human Clay : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-02. Retrieved 2012-05-02. 
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