Bent (song)

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"Bent"
Bent - Matchbox Twenty.jpg
Single by Matchbox Twenty
from the album Mad Season
ReleasedApril 2000
Format
GenreAlternative rock
Length4:16
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)Rob Thomas
Producer(s)Matt Serletic
Matchbox Twenty singles chronology
"Back 2 Good"
(1998)
"Bent"
(2000)
"If You're Gone"
(2000)

"Bent" is a song by American alternative rock band Matchbox Twenty. It was released in April 2000 as the lead single from their second album Mad Season. "Bent" became the band's first and only song to top the US Billboard Hot 100, reaching number one on the chart dated July 22, 2000 and spending one week at the position. The song also topped the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada for five nonconsecutive weeks.

Background and writing[edit]

Rob Thomas told Billboard magazine that it's "a love song and a rock song; there's a hopeful tone to it. It's kind of like the person is saying, 'As misguided as I may be, these are things that it takes to be with me.'"[1] This was Thomas' first attempt at a love song and he believes it is co-dependent of the 21st century. Thomas spoke on Storytellers that the song is about two people who are "both messed up", but they are together, so it doesn't matter.

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by Pedro Romhanyi, seems to be a bit of a play on Rob Thomas' increased profile following the 1999 mega-hit, "Smooth", since it features other members of the band mistreating him. It starts with him being hit by a car driven by Adam Gaynor. As he lies on the ground, Kyle Cook shows up and empties Thomas of all money in his wallet. After this, Rob recovers from the car hit and walks off, singing the chorus. After the first chorus, he bumps into Paul Doucette. Rob sings a few more lines to a clearly unimpressed Paul, who basically shoves Rob out of his way. At this point Rob walks off again, singing the second chorus, and the wind seems to hit him stronger than it hits other people. He then heads into an alley where day and night intermix. He is assaulted yet again, at which point, Brian Yale shows up apparently to help him off the ground. Rob refuses the hand and walks off, eventually leaving the alleyway and emerging back into the daylight, when the events seem to recur from the beginning of the video.

Track listing[edit]

  • Australian CD single
  1. "Bent" – 4:17
  2. "Don't Let Me Down" (Live from Australia) – 4:11
  3. "Busted" (Live from Australia) – 4:33
  • European CD single
  1. "Bent" – 4:17
  2. "Don't Let Me Down" (Live from Australia) – 4:11
  • United States CD single
  1. "Bent" – 4:17
  2. "Push" (acoustic) – 4:21

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard, April 1, 2000
  2. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Matchbox 20 – Bent". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7211." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 7164." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 7254." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "Charts.nz – Matchbox 20 – Bent". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  7. ^ "Notowanie nr964" (in Polish). LP3. July 21, 2000. Retrieved February 17, 2019. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  8. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  9. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  10. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  11. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  12. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  13. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 14, 2014.
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2000". ARIA. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  15. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Archived from the original on 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
  16. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 Singles & Tracks – Decade Year End Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 10, 2011.
  17. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart". Billboard. Retrieved January 28, 2019.

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