Bottom of a Bottle

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"Bottom of a Bottle"
Single by Smile Empty Soul
from the album Smile Empty Soul
Released March 25, 2003 (2003-03-25)[1]
Genre Hard rock, alternative metal
Length 03:42
Label Lava Records
Producer(s) John Lewis Parker
Smile Empty Soul singles chronology
" Bottom of a Bottle "
"Nowhere Kids"

"Bottom of a Bottle" is the debut single from Smile Empty Soul's eponymous album. The song was released in 2003 and ranked No. 7 on Alternative Songs.[2]

Composition and lyrics[edit]

Contrary to some of the lyrics, the song talks about influencing people to do whatever it is that keeps them going and makes them feel alive, indicating that the word "drug" is a metaphor for the same.[3][4][5]

Release and reception[edit]

Dustin Kreidler of Rockzone described the song as having forceful vocals, powerful guitar and sophisticated but smooth writing.[6]

Featured on[edit]

  • Xtreme Sessionz, Vol. 1 (Lava Room)
  • Nu Rock Traxx, Vol. 49 (Erg)
  • Promo Only: Modern Rock Radio [7]


  • Sean Danielsen – vocals, guitar, writer
  • Ryan Martin – bass, writer
  • Derek Gledhill – drums, writer[8]
  • John Lewis Parker - producer
  • David J. Holman - mixing[9]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[2][10] 107
Alternative Songs (Billboard)[2] 7
Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks (Billboard)[2] 8


  1. ^ "Bottom of a Bottle - Smile Empty Soul | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 2003-03-25. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  2. ^ a b c d Peak chart positions in the United States:
  3. ^ "Smile Empty Soul Biography - ARTISTdirect Music". 1978-03-22. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  4. ^ "Smile Empty Soul Say Put Down That Bottle And Watch The News". MTV. 2003-06-24. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  5. ^ "Smile Empty Soul CD review". 2003-07-01. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  6. ^ "CD Reviews: Smile Empty Soul - Self Titled". Rockzone.Com. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  7. ^ "Bottom of a Bottle - Smile Empty Soul | Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  8. ^ "Bottom of a Bottle - Smile Empty Soul | Song Lyrics". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  9. ^ "Smile Empty Soul - Smile Empty Soul | Credits". AllMusic. 2003-05-27. Retrieved 2014-07-30. 
  10. ^ "Wayne Static and Smile Empty Soul at the Machine Shop in Flint, MI on 12-Jun-2014". Retrieved February 3, 2015.