Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)

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"Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)"
Single by Sponge
from the album Rotting Piñata
Released 1995
Format CD
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:35
Label Sony
Producer(s) Tim Patalan and Sponge
Sponge singles chronology
"Plowed"
(1995)
"Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)"
(1995)
"Rainin'"
(1995)

"Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)" is a song by American rock band Sponge, released in 1995 as the second single from their debut album Rotting Piñata. It also serves as the name of the band's greatest hits album, which was released in 2000. The song was inspired by a story one of the band members heard about a girl who attempted suicide after falling in love with and being rejected by her teacher. The song is named after actress Molly Ringwald who starred in Sixteen Candles.

To date, it is the band's only song to appear on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, having peaked at number 55 in August 1995.[1] It is the band's highest-charting song on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, where it was a top three hit. The song also reached number 11 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

The music video for the song was released in 1995 and was directed by Doug Aitken.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)"
  2. "Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)" [Live]
  3. "Cowboy Eyes"
  4. "Seventeen"

Chart performance[edit]

Year US Hot 100 US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock Album
1995 55 [3] 3 [4] 11 [5] Rotting Piñata

References[edit]

  1. ^ Artist Chart History - Sponge - Singles. Billboard.com. Retrieved on June 17, 2009.
  2. ^ MTV Videos. MTV.com. Retrieved on June 17, 2009.
  3. ^ Billboard Hot 100 Charts - Sponge - "Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)". Billboard.com. Retrieved on June 17, 2009.
  4. ^ Billboard Modern Rock Charts - Sponge - "Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)". Billboard.com. Retrieved on June 17, 2009.
  5. ^ Billboard Mainstream Rock Charts - Sponge - "Molly (16 Candles Down the Drain)". Billboard.com. Retrieved on June 17, 2009.