3AM (Matchbox Twenty song)
|Single by Matchbox Twenty|
|from the album Yourself or Someone Like You|
|Released||November 23, 1997|
|Format||CD single / Audio cassette|
|Writer(s)||Rob Thomas, Brian Yale, John Leslie Goff, John Joseph Stanley|
|Matchbox Twenty singles chronology|
"3 A.M." (written "3 am" on the album and "3 AM" on the single) is the third single and the third track from Matchbox Twenty's debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You. It topped the Canadian RPM record charts in early 1998.
Background and content
This song was written by Rob Thomas, Jay Stanley, John Leslie Goff and Brian Yale while performing together in the early 1990s band Tabitha's Secret. The lyrics are inspired by Thomas as an adolescent having to live with a mother fighting to survive cancer.
The video (directed by Gavin Bowden) features the band sitting on sides of a street next to some telephone booths. A supermarket is also shown. The video switches from color video images to black-and-white images. During the introduction and the third verse of the song, Thomas walks in the middle of the street with some construction signs and lights. During the third verse, a car stops with a bare-chested man and a woman inside. The man walks out, revealing a catheter in his chest, and is handed three cigarettes by Thomas. Finally, during the last two choruses, the band is shown playing their instruments ending with an image of Thomas standing next to the telephone booths.
- 3-track version
- "3 AM" – 3:46
- "Push" (acoustic) – 4:19
- "Shame" – 3:35
|Canada Top Singles (RPM)||1|
|Canada Alternative 30 (RPM)||1|
|Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)||1|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||96|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||92|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||64|
|US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay||3|
|US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream||2|
|US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks||3|
|US Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks||1|
|US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||2|
- List of RPM number-one singles of 1998 (Canada)
- List of RPM Rock/Alternative number-one singles (Canada)
- "Top Singles - Volume 66, No. 18, January 26, 1998". RPM. Retrieved 2011-05-11.
- "Rock/Alternative - Volume 66, No. 16, January 12, 1998". RPM. Retrieved 2011-05-11.
- Video on YouTube
- "Australian-charts.com – Matchbox 20 – 3 AM". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
- "Musicline.de – Matchbox 20 Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- "Dutchcharts.nl – Matchbox 20 – 3 AM" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.