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Single by Puddle of Mudd
from the album Come Clean
Released October 30, 2001 (2001-10-30)
Format CD
Recorded October – December 2000
Genre Post-grunge
  • 5:04 (album version)
  • 4:17 (radio and video version)
Puddle of Mudd singles chronology
"Drift & Die"
"Drift & Die"
Music video
"Blurry" on YouTube

"Blurry" is a song by the American rock band Puddle of Mudd. It was released in October 2001 as the second single from the album Come Clean.

Composition and background[edit]


Guitar One magazine named Doug Ardito's "Blurry" guitar harmonic riff as one of its "Top Ten Riffs of the Decade".[citation needed]

The song is written in the key of G major with a moderately slow tempo of 78 beats per minute. The song follows a chord progression of C–D–Em, and the vocals in the song span from C4 to C7.[1]


Puddle of Mudd's lead singer Wes Scantlin wrote this about his desire to be a good father and spend quality time with his son, Jordan. "Blurry" angered Jordan's mother when she first heard it. She and Scantlin are separated. According to Scantlin, "Blurry" facilitated discussion of unresolved issues within their marriage and improved their relationship.[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Blurry" is Puddle of Mudd's most successful song, reaching the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks and Hot Modern Rock Tracks charts for ten and nine weeks, respectively. This soon propelled the single to mainstream success, reaching the number 5 spot on both the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[3] and Billboard Hot 100.[4] The song is also the band's highest selling U.S. single ever, with sales of 753,000 copies, as of 2010.[5] Additionally, the song's writers, Wes Scantlin, Doug Ardito, and Jimmy Allen won ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Song of the Year and Pop Song of the Year for this tune.[6] "Blurry" also won 2 Billboard Awards in 2002, for Modern Rock Track of the Year and Rock Track of the Year. It also received the Kerrang! Award for Best Single. "Blurry" reached #8 in the UK Singles Chart on its release there in June 2002, becoming the band's highest charting single in the United Kingdom.

Track listings[edit]

Promo Single[7]
No. Title Length
1. "Blurry (Radio Edit)" (Scantlin) 4:20
2. "Blurry (Album Version)" 5:06
3. "Blurry (Video)" (Directed by Fred Durst) 4:16
Enhanced Single[8]
No. Title Length
1. "Blurry (Album Version)" 5:06
2. "All I Ask For" (Scantlin, from Abrasive) 4:55
3. "Nobody Told Me (Album Version)" (Scantlin) 5:23
4. "Blurry (Video)" (Directed by Fred Durst) 4:16

Music video[edit]

The music video shows Scantlin playing with Jordan, interspersed with shots of the band playing in a garage. Towards the end, a man and a woman (presumably Jordan's mother and stepfather) are shown driving away with Jordan in the back seat as Wes watches sadly. The video was directed by Limp Bizkit vocalist Fred Durst.


Weekly charts[edit]

Uses in media[edit]


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
AOL Radio United States "Top Alternative Songs of the Decade - 2000s"[27] 2009 3


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  2. ^ "Blurry by Puddle of Mudd". Songfacts. 
  3. ^ "Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
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  5. ^ "Chart Watch Extra: Top 20 Songs In Digital History - Chart Watch". 2010-08-06. Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  6. ^ ""Elvis Costello Receives Founders Award at 20th Annual Pop Music Awards" American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Retrieved June 16, 2011". Retrieved 2011-08-20. 
  7. ^ "Puddle of Mudd – 'Blurry'. Companies, credits, notes, barcode and all the versions released". Discogs. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
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  10. ^ "Puddle of Mudd - Chart history (Mainstream Rock Songs)". Billboard. 
  11. ^ "Puddle of Mudd - Chart history (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. 
  12. ^ a b c "'Come Clean' - Puddle of Mudd: Awards (Billboard Singles)". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  13. ^ "Puddle of Mudd". Billboard. 
  14. ^ " – Puddle of Mudd – Blurry" (in French). Les classement single.
  15. ^ " – Puddle of Mudd Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  16. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Archived from the original on January 5, 2010. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  17. ^ " – Puddle of Mudd – Blurry" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
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  19. ^ " – Puddle of Mudd – Blurry". Swiss Singles Chart.
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  21. ^ a b "The Year in Music 2002". Billboard. Vol. 114 no. 52. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. December 28, 2002. p. YE-87. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  22. ^ "The Year in Music 2002". Billboard. Vol. 114 no. 52. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. December 28, 2002. p. YE-38. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  23. ^ "The Year in Music 2002". Billboard. Vol. 114 no. 52. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. December 28, 2002. p. YE-41. ISSN 0006-2510. 
  24. ^ "Puddle of Mudd. Soundtrack. 'Blurry'". Internet Movie Database. Archived from the original on 2014-08-01. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  25. ^ "Trailer of A Man Apart". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  26. ^ "Blurry in Rock Band 3 DLC list". Archived from the original on 2011-08-10. 
  27. ^ Dickinson, Boonsri (2009-12-07). "Top Alternative Songs of the Decade - 2000s - AOL Radio Blog". AOL Radio. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"In the End" by Linkin Park
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
January 26 – March 23, 2002
Succeeded by
"Youth of the Nation" by P.O.D.
Preceded by
"My Sacrifice" by Creed
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
February 16 – April 20, 2002
Succeeded by
"Too Bad" by Nickelback