Walkin' on the Sun

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"Walkin' on the Sun"
European cover
Single by Smash Mouth
from the album Fush Yu Mang
B-side
  • "Sorry About Your Penis"
  • "Dear Inez"
  • "Push"
Released July 18, 1997
Format
Recorded 1997
Genre
Label
Writer(s) Greg Camp
Producer(s)
Smash Mouth singles chronology
"Walkin' on the Sun"
(1997)
"Why Can't We Be Friends?"
(1997)

"Walkin' on the Sun" is the debut single by American rock band Smash Mouth, from the album Fush Yu Mang. Released in 1997, it was Smash Mouth's first major single, reaching #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay singles chart.[1]

Content[edit]

The song presents an ironic and implied Generation X view of the hippie movement, extolling ideals of peace and love, and the subsequent conversion of those ideals into simple commercial fads, "Because fashion is smashin' the true meaning of it", and references the suburbanization of modern America and the 1992 Los Angeles riots when the song was written. "Weird Al" Yankovic included the chorus of the song in his "Polka Power!" polka medley for his Running with Scissors album. Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song in 2007 for their video game Alvin and the Chipmunks.

Origin[edit]

The song's opening riff and counter-melody are based on "Swan's Splashdown" from the 1966 Perrey and Kingsley album, The in Sound from Way Out!.

29-second sample from Smash Mouth's "Walkin' on the Sun".

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Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download
  1. "Walkin' on the Sun" - 3:25
  1. "Walkin' on the Sun" – 3:28
  2. "Sorry About Your Penis" – 1:26
  3. "Dear Inez" – 2:53
  4. "Push" – 2:52
  5. "Walkin' on the Sun" (Love Attack Mix) – 5:38
  6. "Walkin' on the Sun" (Phat 'N' Phunky Sunstroke Club) – 6:40
  • European Maxi-single[3]
  1. "Walkin' on the Sun" – 3:25
  2. "Sorry About Your Penis" – 1:23
  3. "Dear Inez" – 2:50
  4. "Push" – 2:49

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1997–1998) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 7
Canada RPM Top Singles 3
Canada RPM Alternative 30 1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[5] 90
Italy (FIMI)[6] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 76
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[8] 27
Spain (AFYVE)[9] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 42
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 19
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 2
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 2
US Billboard Adult Top 40 1

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