Can't Change Me

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"Can't Change Me"
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Single by Chris Cornell
from the album Euphoria Morning
B-side "Flutter Girl",
"Nowhere But You"
Released 1999
Format CD single
Recorded 1998
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:23
Label Interscope
Songwriter(s) Chris Cornell
Producer(s) Chris Cornell
Natasha Shneider
Alain Johannes
Chris Cornell singles chronology
"Can't Change Me"
"Preaching the End of the World"

"Can't Change Me"
"Preaching the End of the World"

"Can't Change Me" is the first single released from Chris Cornell's solo album, Euphoria Morning.[1] The song peaked at No. 5 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks,[2] and at No. 7 on the Alternative Songs chart.[3] A music video was produced for the song.[4] "Can't Change Me" was nominated for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance at the 2000 Grammy Awards.[5]

Release and Reception[edit]

"Can't Change Me" was released in early 1999 and turned out to be the biggest hit from the album commercially and the song had strong chart positions. "Can't Change Me" was the first Cornell single to chart but in late 1998 "Sunshower" charted in the US on the Modern and Mainstream chart. "Can't Change Me's" peak on the Mainstream rock Tracks was 5 and on the Modern Rock Tracks its peak was 7. The song also charted in the UK where its peak was 62 and became a minor hit outside the US.

Greg Tate of Rolling Stone said this about the song "Can't Change Me," is as rhapsodically gorgeous as pop gets, putting a spin on true love that any reprobate slacker can relate to: "She's going to change the world/But she can't change me/Suddenly I can see everything that's wrong with me/But what can I do?/I'm the only thing I really have at all." Cornell unveils a desire to be reckoned with as an openly wounded and unabashedly portentous rock balladeer."[6]

Music video[edit]

A music video directed by Johan Renck was produced for the song.[4] Its filming was showcased in an episode of MTV's Making the Video.[7]

French version[edit]

Cornell recorded a version of the song in French.[8] This version is a bonus track on Euphoria Morning’s deluxe version,[9] and on the Japanese[10] and European editions of the album released in November 1999.[11] The song was translated to French by Alexis Lemoine.[11]

Track listing[edit]


  1. "Can't Change Me" (Cornell)
  2. "Flutter Girl" From the Poncier CD (Cornell)
  3. "Nowhere But You" From the Poncier CD (Cornell)


  1. "Can't Change Me" (Cornell)
  2. "When I'm Down" Demo (Cornell)
  3. "Can't Change Me" (Enhanced CD-Rom video)

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 5
US Billboard Alternative Songs 7
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[12] 2
UK Singles Chart[13] 62


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