Push (Matchbox Twenty song)
|Single by Matchbox Twenty|
|from the album Yourself or Someone Like You|
|Released||May 27, 1997 (US)|
|Format||CD single / Audio cassette|
|Writer(s)||Rob Thomas, Matt Serletic|
|Matchbox Twenty singles chronology|
"Push" is the title of the signature song by the American group Matchbox Twenty. It was released in May 1997 as the second single from their debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You. After landing "Long Day" on several rock radio stations paving the way, "Push" hit the top of the Modern Rock Tracks.
When the song came out initially, some feminist groups were outraged and claimed the song was about abusing women, until frontman Rob Thomas explained that the man in the song (either himself or fictional) was the one being abused, either emotionally or physically, by a woman. Thomas expressed his surprise when he had heard that the song might be misinterpreted as misogynistic. He further added that, "She [a former girlfriend of Thomas's] was an ingredient in the song — but other people have scarred me. I mean, I'm not gonna pay my third-grade librarian, who gave me s--- about not returning Green Eggs and Ham".
The video for "Push", directed by Nigel Dick, starts and ends with Rob Thomas playing with a puppet. Throughout the song, the band is seen playing in an alley. A couple of scenes feature Thomas chained to a wall. Another scene is of Thomas holding onto a barbed wire fence while the band stands in the background. He gets stuck by the fence but keeps putting his hands back on it. Thomas is also seen in a room containing a clock and a bed, though no windows are shown.
- Australia/Germany Maxi-CD
- "Push" - 3:59*
- "Busted" (Acoustic) - 4:24+
- "Tired" (Non-LP Bonus Track) - 3:44#
- Push 3:59
- Tired (Non-LP Bonus Track) 3:44
In popular culture
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||9|
|Canada Alternative 30 (RPM)||4|
|Germany (Media Control AG)||91|
|Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)||61|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||38|
|US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream||3|
|US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks||1|
|US Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks||6|
|US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||4|
"Semi-Charmed Life" by Third Eye Blind
|Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
July 26, 1997
"Fly" by Sugar Ray
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- "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- "Dutchcharts.nl – Matchbox 20 – Push" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100.