Beautiful Disaster (311 song)

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"Beautiful Disaster"
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Single by 311
from the album Transistor
ReleasedDecember 13, 1997
GenreAlternative rock,[1] reggae rock, hard rock
Songwriter(s)Nick Hexum
Producer(s)Scotch Ralston
311 singles chronology
"Beautiful Disaster"
"Come Original"

"Beautiful Disaster" is a song recorded by the band 311 and released in 1997. It is the third and final single from the album Transistor.[2]


Consequence of Sound commented that "Beautiful Disaster" may be 311's greatest hit and states that it has one of the most recognizable intros in any song.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video features clips of 311 live and with a wild crowd.

In other media[edit]

  • The song is a playable track in the video game Guitar Hero World Tour.[4]
  • The song was used by the professional wrestling tag team of the Motor City Machine Guns in Ring of Honor and CHIKARA Pro.
  • The song was used in the video game MLB 11: The Show.
  • The song is downloadable for the video game Rock Band 3.
  • This song was used in the Daria season two episode, "The Daria Hunter" as the Lawndale High School students are entering the paintball field.
  • This song was used in the Orange is the New Black season three episode, "A Tittin' and a Hairin'" during a flashback conversation between "Pennsatucky" and her boyfriend outside of a house party. The track can be heard playing in the background.
  • The song is downloadable for the video game Rocksmith.


Chart (1997) Peak
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[5] 21


  1. ^ Richin, Leslie (January 12, 2017). "20 Alternative Rock Hits Turning 20 in 2017". Billboard. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "Beautiful Disaster". Allmusic.
  3. ^ "Dusting 'Em Off: 311 – Transistor « Consequence of Sound". January 8, 2011. Retrieved November 23, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ ""Guitar Hero: World Tour" Unveils Full Track List". Rolling Stone. September 12, 2008. Retrieved June 30, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Alternative Songs (1998-02-28). "Beautiful Disaster - 311". Retrieved 2011-09-25. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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