Carousel (Blink-182 song)

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Song by Blink-182
from the album Buddha and Cheshire Cat
Recorded 1994 at Westbeach Recorders, Los Angeles, California
Genre Skate punk
Length 2:40 (Buddha version)
3:15 (Cheshire Cat version)
Label Cargo Music / Grilled Cheese
Songwriter(s) Tom DeLonge and Mark Hoppus
Producer(s) O (Otis Barthoulameu), Blink-182

"Carousel" is a song by American rock band Blink-182, first recorded for the band's 1994 demo Buddha, and later commercially released on the group's debut studio album, Cheshire Cat (1995). The song originated during the very first jam session between band members guitarist Tom DeLonge and bassist Mark Hoppus.

The song has been a staple of the band's live performances since its inception. "Carousel" was later included as the only non-single on the band's Greatest Hits.


The origins of "Carousel" lie in the first jam session between guitarist Tom DeLonge and bassist Mark Hoppus in August 1992.[1] The two were introduced by Hoppus' sister, Anne, and met in DeLonge's garage. For hours, the two practiced the songs DeLonge had written (collected in a red notebook) and Hoppus' compositions.[2] By the end of the night, the two had formed the basis of "Carousel"; "Instantly, I felt like we had the same musical style; he just had it on a different instrument than me," DeLonge said.[2] The song was first recorded for the band's third demo, which came to be known as Buddha, released in January 1994 and distributed via cassette. The song was recorded once more, in a slightly different arrangement, on the band's debut, Cheshire Cat, issued in February 1995.[3]

The song remains a staple of the band's live performances, and has become a crowd favorite.[2] "I felt massively enamored with how the kids reacted to [performing the song]," DeLonge told Rolling Stone in 2013, following the band's show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg. "I got soaked into their enthusiasm last night, trying to figure out why that song is still around."[1] When asked if he still felt a connection to the song, two decades after its recording, he responded: "It's a love-hate thing. To me, it was a philosophical kind of question: How did we have one of our first songs, if not our first? How do you feel not a part of it? I always feel I wish I wrote better lyrics, yet at the time it was so different for pop-punk. It was, like, so fast."[1]


The song is composed in the key of D major and is set in time signature of common time with a tempo of 148 beats per minute. DeLonge's vocal range spans from A4 to G5.[4] The song "begins with a mid-paced riff and some nice undistorted jangling guitars before smashing into a satisfyingly fast-assed punk song in the vein of NOFX with some very adept dynamic breakdowns."[3]


Consequence of Sound, in a 2015 top 10 of the band's best songs, ranked it as number five, commenting, "The song may very well have perfected the '90s pop-punk formula: unlike the audience, four-chord sugar and the caffeinated heartbeat of Scott Raynor’s drum fills never age."[5]



  1. ^ a b c Doyle, Patrick (September 13, 2013). "Q&A: Blink-182 on Their Next Album and Keeping Their Bathroom Humor". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Hoppus, 2001. p. 11
  3. ^ a b Shooman, 2010. p. 24
  4. ^ "Blink-182 Carousel - Guitar Tab". Music Notes. EMI Music Publishing. Retrieved April 20, 2011. 
  5. ^ Dan Caffrey; Collin Brennan; Randall Colburn (February 9, 2015). "Blink-182's Top 10 Songs". Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on February 14, 2015. Retrieved February 14, 2015. 

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