Lullaby (Shawn Mullins song)

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Single by Shawn Mullins
from the album Soul's Core
Released September 22, 1998
Format CD single
Recorded 1994-1998
Genre Rock
Length 5:31 (Album Version)
4:32 (Radio Edit)
Label Sony
Writer(s) Shawn Mullins
Producer(s) Peter Collins, Russ Fowler
Shawn Mullins singles chronology

"Lullaby" is a song by American rock singer Shawn Mullins, from the album Soul's Core. It was released in 1998. The song has been Mullins' most successful song to date, reaching #1 on the Adult Top 40, #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and #9 on the Modern Rock Tracks in the United States.[1] It also had success abroad, reaching #9 on the UK Singles Chart,[2] #5 on the Australian Singles Chart (ARIA),[3] and #2 on the Canadian Singles Chart. The single is featured in the US version of The Office entitled "Murder" when Michael Scott plays the song to reassure himself after finding out that Dunder Mifflin may be going bankrupt. It has appeared on thirty-two different releases including the original album, Soul's Core, greatest hits albums, 1990s compilations and acoustic compilations.[4]

Then about 10 years ago, I had what Dar Williams calls a ‘monster hit’ [Lullaby] and it was. It was like a monster because I found myself going from places like this to opening for the Backstreet Boys and En Vogue and Destiny's Child. It was very weird, it was a little surreal for me I will admit. I was standing up there solo at Madison Square Garden just going ‘What am I doing here?’

—Shawn Mullins, Concert September 17th, 2008[5]


The song is said to be about "a girl who is feeling depressed, crying out for a life away from her upbringing, a life full of Hollywood days and movie star-filled nights."[6]


In February 2011 The chorus from Lullaby was interpolated in a new song of the same name by UK act Goldman.

Chart performance[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1998–99) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 5
Canada (RPM) 2
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 5
Netherlands (Mega Top 100) 83
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 10
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 9
UK Singles Chart 9

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1999) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 46


  1. ^ "Artist Chart History - Shawn Mullins". Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  2. ^ "1999 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive - 6th March 1999". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Lullaby: Appears On". Retrieved 2008-05-24. 
  5. ^ Transcribed Shawn Mullins Quotes
  6. ^ "Soul's Core". Retrieved 2008-05-24. . Dominique Swain (actress) was in the video.
  7. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 

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