Better Days (Goo Goo Dolls song)

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"Better Days"
BetterDays album cover.jpg
Single by the Goo Goo Dolls
from the album Let Love In
ReleasedSeptember 20, 2005
FormatCD/7" vinyl
GenreAdult alternative
Length3:35
LabelWarner Bros. Records
Songwriter(s)John Rzeznik
Producer(s)Glen Ballard
The Goo Goo Dolls singles chronology
"Give a Little Bit"
(2004)
"Better Days"
(2005)
"Stay with You"
(2006)
Music video
"Better Days" on YouTube

"Better Days" is a song recorded by the Goo Goo Dolls. It was released in September 2005 as the first single off the album, Let Love In. The song peaked at number 36 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and also rose up to number 3 on the Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart.[1]

Content[edit]

The song was originally performed for a Target store-branded Christmas album[2]; the song, in a rare occurrence for a general pop song, makes several references to Christmas, including a direct reference to "the one poor Child who saved this world."

In popular culture[edit]

During the time that Hurricane Katrina had been televised, ABC and CNN used it as their theme for the Katrina coverage. The song was featured on the pilot episode of CBS' 2006 TV series, Jericho. The song also featured as the theme of WWE Tribute to the Troops 2006, a special broadcast of WWE Raw which aired on Christmas night 2006. During a special "After the Storms" episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the Goo Goo Dolls performed this song for the residents of Sabine Pass, TX, which was hit by Hurricane Rita in September 2005. It was also used in many tributes following the Virginia Tech massacre that occurred on April 16, 2007. At Orlando Magic home games, the song is played after every loss.

Canadian journalist and politician Michael Ignatieff used an altered version of the song for his campaign video at the Liberal Party of Canada's 2006 Leadership Convention. The version of the song featured in his video had some altered lyrics, and contained a verse in French.[3] When speaking at the convention, Ignatieff began his speech by saying "Tonight is the night the Liberal party begins again," mimicking a lyric from Better Days.[4]

Viewed by many as a great song for tough times, "Better Days" was chosen as the theme song for the Buffalo Sabres 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs run, and General Electric features the song in its spring, 2009, television ad campaign. In 2008, the police drama series Cold Case featured it as the first of six songs played throughout its fifth season finale "Ghost of My Child". It was used in the trailer for the 2009 film Love Happens and it is the theme song for the NBC show, Who Do You Think You Are?. The song can also be heard in the 2011 film New Year's Eve.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was filmed in Malibu, California.[5]

Track listings[edit]

Initial pressing[edit]

  1. "Better Days" - 3:35
  2. "We'll Be Here (When You're Gone) (Acoustic)" - 3:24

Alternate pressing[edit]

  1. "Better Days" - 3:35
  2. "Iris" - 4:51
  3. "Better Days (Acoustic)" - 3:31
  4. "Better Days" (Video)

Vinyl pressing[edit]

  1. "Better Days" - 3:35
  2. "We'll Be Here (When You're Gone) (Acoustic)" - 3:24

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Interview: Goo Goo Dolls ...Let Love In... - Takac Talks About Album, Touring, and Life The Tech
  3. ^ "Liberal hopefuls don't deliver big laughs". December 1, 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-25.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Liberal hopefuls don't deliver big laughs". December 1, 2006. Retrieved 2007-08-25.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRyjFfHowOw&ob=av2e
  6. ^ "Goo Goo Dolls Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  7. ^ "Goo Goo Dolls Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  8. ^ "Goo Goo Dolls Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  9. ^ "Goo Goo Dolls Chart History (Digital Song Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  10. ^ "Goo Goo Dolls Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  11. ^ "Adult Pop Songs – Year-End 2006". Billboard. Retrieved September 22, 2019.

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