Break (Three Days Grace song)

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Single by Three Days Grace
from the album Life Starts Now
Released September 1, 2009[1]
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Alternative metal
Length 3:13
Label Jive
Producer(s) Howard Benson
Three Days Grace singles chronology
"The Good Life"
"The Good Life"

"Break" is the lead single from Three Days Grace's third album, Life Starts Now. It was released three weeks before the release of Life Starts Now.

Release and chart performance[edit]

On August 31, 2009, the song made its North American radio debut on Ottawa, Ontario's CKQB-FM (Virgin Radio 106.9).[citation needed] The song became available in the iTunes Store on September 4, 2009.

In Billboard magazine, it charted at number 73 on the Billboard Hot 100, number one on the Rock Songs chart, number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, number four on the Alternative Songs chart, and number 26 on the Canadian Hot 100. "Break" maintained a presence on the Billboard Rock Songs and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts for twelve, and eleven, weeks respectively.[citation needed] Since this track's release, no subsequent Three Days Grace single has charted on the Billboard Hot 100.

As of February 21, 2010, the single has sold 359,461 units.[2]

While being interviewed by the Peterborough Examiner, bass guitarist Brad Walst stated that "[the song] 'Break' is about breaking away from bad influences."[3] Additionally, in an interview with, lead guitarist Barry Stock explained the meaning behind "Break":

"It's really just about if you don't like the situation you're in or what's going on around you, it's entirely up to you to break out of it. That's it. It's pretty much just breaking out and letting loose. You don't have to be stuck in whatever it is you're dealing with. Whether it's good or bad, it's your choice to make a change."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Promotional single
  1. "Break" - 3:13

Music video[edit]

On September 11, Three Days Grace announced the music video for "Break" would debut on Yahoo! Music on September 14, 2009.[5] The music video, directed by P. R. Brown,[5] begins with the band members entering separate rooms that match their clothes' colors (Adam wearing white, Neil wearing black, Brad wearing gray, and Barry wearing pink), and shows four balls, matching the aforementioned colors, in a pendulum-like state. The beginning of the track "Someone Who Cares" serves as an intro for the music video version of the song. The band begins to perform their parts in these separate rooms as giant fans appear and begin to operate. As the song progresses, floating balls are pulled through the fans and thus travel in a circle that leaves them stained with the color of the bandmate to their left (Adam with pink, Neil with white, Brad with black, and Barry with gray). The song ends with them exiting down a hall, the four paint balls following them.

Several of the effects used in the video include: phantom cams, green screens, polymer, and water-based paint.[citation needed]



Chart (2009) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6] 73
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs[6] 4
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock 1
U.S. Billboard Rock Songs[7] 1
Canadian Hot 100[6] 26


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[8] Platinum 1,000,000[9]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
AOL Radio United States "Top Alternative Songs of 2009"[10] 2009 4
AOL Radio United States "Top Rock Songs of 2009"[11] 2009 3


  1. ^ "Break - Hear it now!". Sony Music Entertainment. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Bower, Elizabeth (September 18, 2009). "Three Days Grace Gets Reality Check". The Peterborough Examiner. Peterborough, Canada. Retrieved October 15, 2009. 
  4. ^ Rogers, Troy. "Starting Life Now with Three Days Grace Lead Guitarist Barry Stock". Retrieved October 15, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Break - The Video". Sony Music Entertainment. 11 September 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c "Break - Three Days Grace". 2009 Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  7. ^ Chart Beat Chart Highlights.
  8. ^ "American single certifications – Three Days Grace – Break". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  9. ^ "American certifications – Three Days Grace". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 20 December 2017. 
  10. ^ Dickinson, Boonsri (2009-12-07). "Top Alternative Songs of the 2009 - AOL Radio Blog". AOL Radio. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  11. ^ Dickinson, Boonsri (2009-12-07). "Top Rock Songs of 2009 - AOL Radio Blog". AOL Radio. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 

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Preceded by
"I Will Not Bow" by Breaking Benjamin
Billboard Mainstream Rock number-one single
December 12, 2009 – February 20, 2010
Succeeded by
"Your Decision" by Alice in Chains
Preceded by
"I Will Not Bow" by Breaking Benjamin
Billboard Rock Songs number-one single
December 12, 2009 – February 27, 2010
Succeeded by
"Your Decision" by Alice in Chains