Crash into Me

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"Crash Into Me"
Single by Dave Matthews Band
from the album Crash
Released December 3, 1996
Format CD single
Genre Soft rock, folk rock
Length 5:16 (album version)
4:15 (radio edit)
Label RCA
Writer(s) David J. Matthews
Producer(s) Steve Lillywhite
Dave Matthews Band singles chronology
"So Much to Say"
"Crash into Me"
"Two Step"
Music sample

"Crash Into Me" is a song by American rock group Dave Matthews Band. It reached number 7 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart in March 1997. It is also featured on Dave Matthews Band's first compilation album, The Best of What's Around Vol. 1. The song was nominated for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 1998 Grammy Awards.

Background and writing[edit]

Dave Matthews wrote Crash into Me on the campus of Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia. The inspiration for the song stemmed from his wife, Ashley Harper, who is an alumna of the College.

In his performance on VH1 Storytellers, Dave Matthews described this song as being about "the worship of women", albeit from a voyeur's perspective, and subsequently does a humorous impression of the woman being watched through the window complaining to the police. He ends by saying that he wrote this song instead of getting arrested.

In the 2010 documentary "The Road to Big Whiskey", Matthews explained that most of "Crash into Me" was inspired by his wife, Ashley Harper, whom he described as "the love of his life".

In popular culture[edit]

The song first appeared on film in 1997 for the movie Excess Baggage with Alicia Silverstone, Benicio Del Toro, and Christopher Walken.

This song was featured in the 2001 comedy film Joe Dirt. It was also featured at the end of the pilot episode for Roswell, and is one of the few songs kept for the DVD release, as producers deemed it vital to the show's theme and that it should not be replaced with a different song.

Song appears on episode "Goodbye, Toby". Episode number 14 of season 4 on The Office (U.S.)

"Crash into Me" was on Clear Channel's list of "songs with questionable lyrics" following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea sampled the song on "You," featuring American rapper YG, a track from her debut mixtape Ignorant Art, released in 2011.

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by various artists including Stevie Nicks, who performed it on her 2008 Soundstage episode. Her version was later released as a single.[1] It has also been covered numerous times by Lee DeWyze, who cites Dave Matthews Band as one of his biggest musical influences. The House Jacks recorded an a cappella version on their album Drive.

Track listing[edit]

U.S. promo CD single 1 / Australia promo CD single
  1. "Crash into Me" (edit) — 4:15
  2. "Crash into Me" (acoustic) — 5:18
  3. "Crash into Me" (album version) — 5:16
U.S. promo CD single 2
  1. "Crash into Me" — 5:16
  2. "Ants Marching" (live) — 4:45
  3. "So Much to Say" (acoustic) — 3:44
  4. "Crash into Me" (acoustic) — 5:18
  5. "Christmas Song" — 5:34

Live in concert[edit]

When played live, the band usually includes an interpolation of the song "Dixie Chicken" by Little Feat, using the lyrics "I will be your Dixie chicken if you'll be my Tennessee lamb / And we can walk together down in Dixieland."


Chart (1997) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 30
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 19
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay[2] 18
US Billboard Pop Songs[2] 18
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[2] 7
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs[2] 9

Stevie Nicks version[edit]

"Crash Into Me"
Single by Stevie Nicks
from the album The Soundstage Sessions
B-side "Landslide" (orchestra version)
Released March 17, 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded 2007, 2008
Genre Rock
Length 5:33
Label Reprise
Producer(s) Joe Thomas, Stevie Nicks, Waddy Wachtel
Stevie Nicks singles chronology
"Stand Back"
"Crash Into Me"
"Secret Love"

Stevie Nicks released "Crash into Me" as the first single from her album, The Soundstage Sessions, on March 17, 2009.

The promo, with the orchestra version of "Landslide" as the B-side, was serviced to radio on the week of March 3, 2009. It has been serviced to Triple A radio stations, and to XM Satellite Radio channel 45, The Spectrum, and XM channel 51, The Coffee House. The music video for the single has been playing on VH1 occasionally and is from her DVD Live in Chicago.

Stevie Nicks has often referred to the song simply as "Crash", hence the single cover title.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Crash into Me"   5:33
2. "Landslide" (orchestra version) 4:20