Breakfast in America (song)

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"Breakfast in America"
Supertramp Breakfast In America Single Cover.jpg
Single by Supertramp
from the album Breakfast in America
B-side"Gone Hollywood"
ReleasedJune 1979
Recorded1978 at The Village Recorder/Studio B, Los Angeles, California
GenreProgressive rock[1][full citation needed]
Songwriter(s)Roger Hodgson, Rick Davies
Producer(s)Supertramp, Peter Henderson
Supertramp singles chronology
"The Logical Song"
"Breakfast in America"
"Goodbye Stranger"

"Breakfast in America" is the title track from Supertramp's 1979 album of the same name. It was a minor hit on the singles charts in the US, but was a Top 10 hit in the UK.[2] The lyrics tell about a person who has never been to the United States and fantasizes about it.

After Supertramp started performing the song during a reunion tour without Roger Hodgson, Hodgson told reporters that Rick Davies initially "hated" the song, and that he believed Davies did not play on the recording at all.[3] However, in other interviews Hodgson has credited Davies with creating the vocalized retort line, "What's she got? Not a lot."[4] Hodgson included the song in his 2010 world tour, produced as a live album titled Classics Live.

The 2005 song "Cupid's Chokehold" by Gym Class Heroes heavily utilizes the melody of "Breakfast in America" and features Fall Out Boy singer Patrick Stump performing the opening lines of the song as a refrain.

The song was also sampled in Drake's "Stunt Hard", and James Blunt performed a live version of the song, which featured on the deluxe edition of his second album All the Lost Souls.



Chart (1979-80) Peak
Austria [6] 16
Belgium [7] 18
German Singles Chart[8] 23
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 6
Netherlands 14
South Africa[10] 9
UK Singles Chart[2] 9
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[11] 62


  1. ^ Melhuish 1986.
  2. ^ a b Supertramp UK chart history, The Official Charts. Retrieved December 11, 2011.
  3. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: Roger Hodgson Explains His Reaction To Supertramp Tour - News". 25 April 2010. Archived from the original on 25 October 2010. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  4. ^ "CRR Interview - Roger Hodgson: What's He Got? Quite A Lot!". Retrieved 14 October 2016.
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  8. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Supertramp / Single". Music Line (in German). Germany: Media Control Charts. Archived from the original on 2 March 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Breakfast in America". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 15, 2018.
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  11. ^ allmusic ((( Supertramp > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))

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