Collide (Howie Day song)

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Single by Howie Day
from the album Stop All the World Now
ReleasedJuly 13, 2004
FormatAlbum cut, digital download
GenreAlternative rock, pop rock, soft rock
Songwriter(s)Howie Day, Kevin Griffin
Howie Day singles chronology
"Perfect Time of Day"
"She Says"

"Collide" is a song by American artist Howie Day. It was released in July 2004 as the second single from his second full-length album, Stop All the World Now. The song was written by Day and Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin. The London Session Orchestra provided backing instrumentation on the initial album version of the song.

Background and content[edit]

Howie Day collaborated with Griffin while writing this song. The song's lyrics are rooted in a relationship, with notes of the occasional adversity the two people involved may face.

Music video[edit]

The music video was filmed in Toronto, Canada.

Airplay and additional versions[edit]

The popularity of "Collide" built slowly on U.S. radio, at first gaining the greatest success on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart. Chart performance benefitted significantly from a reissue of Stop All the World Now in a special edition that included four bonus tracks, one being an acoustic version of the song that reached #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In popular culture[edit]

"Collide" has since been used in promotion of various television series, including What About Brian, Friday Night Lights and General Hospital, as well as the 2005 film adaptation of Pride & Prejudice and the 2005 film The Perfect Man.

This song has also been featured during episodes of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, Dawson's Creek, Ghost Whisperer, Scrubs, ER, Bones, Third Watch, Cold Case, One Tree Hill, Grey's Anatomy, Summerland and Joan of Arcadia. On General Hospital this was the song to which popular pairing Patrick and Robin, known as "Scrubs", first made on Memorial Day in 2006.

It was used as the theme song to the short-lived 2005 teen drama Palmetto Pointe.

The song was featured in Season 7 of So You Think You Can Dance, featuring Kent Boyd and Lauren Froderman.

The song was also used recently in the 2016 Christian drama film Miracles From Heaven.[1]

In 2015, after the US communications officer and three graduate students at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) shared a parody video of “Collide”, Day made a new version of the song in a video during a visit to CERN.[2] The lyrics were changed to the perspective of a proton in the Large Hadron Collider.[3]

Cover versions[edit]

In 2011, reggae singer Singing Melody covered the song on his album titled They Call Me Mr. Melody on the VP Records label. Singing Melody's cover of the song became #1 on 4 international Reggae charts.[4] The album also reached #6 on the Billboard Reggae Chart.[5]

Daniel Evans, a finalist on The X Factor (UK), produced a country/pop cover on his YouTube channel in 2013 and was subsequently released on iTunes as track 3 of his self-produced Reflections EP.

In 2015, Sarah Charley, US communications manager for the Large Hadron Collider experiments at CERN with graduate students Jesse Heilman of the University of California, Riverside, and Tom Perry and Laser Seymour Kaplan of the University of Wisconsin, Madison created a parody video sung from the perspective of a proton in the Large Hadron Collider.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2004-05) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 20
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[8] 14
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[9] 7
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[10] 14


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  2. ^ "Musician Howie Day records love song to physics | CERN". Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  3. ^ Mandelbaum, Ryan F. "Guy Who Wrote That 'You and I Collide' Song Sings Parody About the Large Hadron Collider". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  4. ^ "Singing Melody - They Call Me Mr. Melody". March 28, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  5. ^ "SINGINGMELODY #6 ON BILLBOARD REGGAE CHARTS". March 18, 2012. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  6. ^ "Howie Day records love song to physics". symmetry magazine. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  7. ^ "Howie Day Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Howie Day Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Howie Day Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Howie Day Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.