Bodies (Drowning Pool song)

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Single by Drowning Pool
from the album Sinner
Released May 14, 2001
Format CD
Recorded January–April, 2001
Genre Nu metal[1][2][3][4]
Length 3:24
Label Wind-up Records
Writer(s) Drowning Pool
Drowning Pool singles chronology
"Tear Away"

"Bodies" (often called "Let the Bodies Hit the Floor")[5] is a song by the American rock band Drowning Pool and also is the lead single from their debut album Sinner. Released in May 2001, the song is Drowning Pool's signature song[5] and has been featured in various films, TV programs, and advertisements since its release. It was also the theme song for the 2001 WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view event, as well as that of the ECW brand in 2006 to early 2008.

An early version of "Bodies" appeared in their EP Pieces of Nothing, the version omits the lyrics in the bridge and features a significantly greater amount of screaming.

Music and lyrics[edit]

Musically, "Bodies" has repetitive chorus of "Let the bodies hit the floor". Its lyrics build by gradually counting up from one to four, shouting the number each time, until reaching its aggressive chorus. Clean vocals in the song's bridge administer a contrast from the many shouted and harshly screamed vocals. The guitar structure of "Bodies" also features heavy use of the wah pedal.

Drowning Pool's original vocalist Dave Williams talked about "Bodies" on Uranium saying

In media and popular culture[edit]

This song was also on a compilation album released by footwear company Journeys, along with the song "Start the Commotion" by The Wiseguys.

This song was used by WWE personnel Stephanie McMahon during The Invasion. It was also used as the theme song for Ohio Valley Wrestling. Similarly it was used as an entrance song by the former UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion, Shane Carwin.

The song is featured in the films The One and Jason X, the trailer for The Punisher, the TV series Skins, the video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, the documentary McConkey and in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill.

The song was parodied by American Comedy Rock band Psychostick on their album Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs in 3D under the title "Numbers (I Can Only Count to Four)".

A slightly remixed version of the song is featured in the movie XXX.

Music video[edit]

Much like the song's radio success, the "Bodies" music video found significant airplay on various music channels in 2001. Directed by Glen Bennett, it has the band performing in what appears to be a mental institution, with Williams screaming the lyrics into the ear of a man strapped to a chair. Clips from the video were later used in the title animation for the music program Uranium.

Controversy and the military's use of the song[edit]

The song has garnered some controversy, due to the misinterpretation of the lyrics.The song was linked to the 2011 Arizona shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.[7] Soon after the shooting, the band issued a statement concerning the link: "We were devastated this weekend to learn of the tragic events that occurred in Arizona and that our music has been misinterpreted. 'Bodies' was written about the brotherhood of the moshpit and was never about violence." The band also added: "For someone to put out a video misinterpreting a song about a moshpit as fuel for a violent act shows just how sick they really are. We support those who do what they can to keep America safe. Our hearts go out to the victims and their families of this terrible tragedy".[7]

The song was used by interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay detention camps in 2003. "Bodies" was repeatedly played over a 10-day period during the torture of Mohamedou Ould Slahi while he was "exposed to variable lighting patterns" at the same time.[8][9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Drowning Pool

No. Title Length
1. "Bodies"   3:24
2. "Bodies" (Live at Ozzfest) 3:28
3. "Sermon" (Total Rock Session, London) 4:38
4. "Bodies" (Video)  

Limited EP

No. Title Length
1. "Bodies"    
2. "Tear Away"    
3. "I Am" (Demo)  
4. "Follow" (Demo)  


No. Title Length
1. "Bodies"    
2. "Bodies" (Recorded Live at US Ozzfest, 2001)  

Promo CD

No. Title Length
1. "Bodies"    
2. "Tear Away"    

Bodies Remix Guitar Down Promo CD

No. Title Length
1. "Bodies" (Guitar Down) 3:21

Promo CD #2

No. Title Length
1. "Bodies"   3:24

Burying The Trend - Mme Krappabelle a frappe Bart Simpson web soundtrack

No. Title Length
1. "Bodies" (From the french version of The Simpsons on France 2)  


Chart (2001—2002) Peak
Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 19[10]
Modern Rock Tracks 12[11]
Mainstream Rock 6[11]


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  2. ^ "The Ultimate Nu Metal Mixtape". Kerrang!.  (November 10th, 2014)
  3. ^ Shumka, Dave. "10 nu metal songs that still hold up on CBC music". CBC Music.  (February 14th, 2013)
  4. ^ "Drowning Pool, Have They Finally Hit the Floor?". Thrash Magazine. 27 May 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Joseph P. Fisher, Brian Flota (2011). The Politics of Post-9/11 Music: Sound, Trauma, and the Music Industry in the Time of Terror. Ashgate Publishing. p. 189. ISBN 978-1-4094-2785-8. 
  6. ^ "Drowning Pool – Interview with Dave Williams". Hip Online. 
  7. ^ a b "Drowning Pool respond to Arizona shooting link with their song 'Bodies'". NME. IPC Media. 2011-01-11. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  8. ^ "Musicians Protest Use of Music at Gitmo". CBS News. 2009-10-22. 
  9. ^ "Welcome to". Retrieved 2012-01-09. 
  10. ^ "Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles – Issue Date: 2001-09-22" (requires registration). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  11. ^ a b "Drowning Pool | Awards". Allmusic. 

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