Bother (song)

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Single by Stone Sour
from the album Stone Sour and Music from and Inspired by Spider-Man
ReleasedMarch 3, 2003
Songwriter(s)Corey Taylor
Stone Sour singles chronology
"Get Inside"

"Bother" is the second single from the hard rock band Stone Sour's self-titled debut album. It was originally released as a solo song by frontman Corey Taylor, but the billing was later changed to Stone Sour. The song was one of Stone Sour's first songs to put them into the mainstream. The cover features Taylor's hands and rings, one of them being a Spider-Man ring which is a reference to the song being featured on the soundtrack to the film Spider-Man (although the track is credited to Taylor as the performer not Stone Sour) and to Taylor being a fan of Spider-Man. The other has the number 8 on it, representing Taylor's number in Slipknot. Taylor has stated that the song is about when he moved back to Des Moines from Denver, where he hoped to try to move forward with his music.

Music video[edit]

The music video shows Taylor standing face-to-face with an exact copy of himself in a large room. As the two sing, Taylor's copy begins to rapidly age, and eventually dies and turns to dust as the other band members surround the two Taylors. All that is left of the copy is his Spider-Man ring, which the other Taylor puts on his own finger, encompassing his own Spider-Man ring.

Track listing[edit]

CD single cardboard sleeve Europe (2002)
2."Rules of Evidence"3:44
Promo CD single US (2002)
1."Bother" (from Spider-Man)3:57
Promo CD single cardboard sleeve UK (2002)
1."Bother" (Radio Version)3:57
2."Bother" (Album Version)3:57
Promo CD single Australia (2002)
CD single UK (2003)
2."Rules of Evidence"3:44
CD single (2003)
2."Rules of Evidence"3:44
3."The Wicked"4:55
CD single enhanced Australia (2003)
2."Rules of Evidence"3:44
3."The Wicked"4:54
4."Bother" (Video)4:06

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 41
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 42
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 40
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 43
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 28
US Billboard Hot 100 56
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 4
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs 27
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 2

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[5] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ " – Stone Sour – Bother". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  2. ^ " – Stone Sour – Bother" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  3. ^ " – Stone Sour – Bother" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  4. ^ " – Stone Sour – Bother". Top 40 Singles.
  5. ^ "American single certifications – Stone Sour – Bother". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.