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Promotional single by The Smashing Pumpkins
from the album Adore
ReleasedNovember 3, 1998
RecordedDecember 1997 – March 1998
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan
Producer(s)Billy Corgan
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"The Everlasting Gaze"

"Crestfallen" is a song by the American rock band the Smashing Pumpkins, released on their 1998 album Adore. Originally scheduled as the third single from the album, the song was instead released as a promotional CD in the US.[1] It received moderate play on modern rock stations but did not chart. The single's artwork is by Yelena Yemchuk.[citation needed]

The song features Billy Corgan on piano and vocals, with James Iha on lead guitar. It was the first song to include Corgan playing piano live, the first performance of which took place during the band's gig in Nashville during the promotional tour for Adore in the summer of 1998. The band also performed the song at the VH1 Fashion Awards on October 27, 1998. Billboard gave the song mixed reviews, describing it as "sluggish and anti-climactic", but praising its ambient qualities.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

"Crestfallen" was played at the end of the 2000 TV movie Homicide: Life Everlasting.

In 2006, Christian rock band The Evan Anthem covered "Crestfallen".[3]


The song's message is one of "Who am I to do this to you?" According to Corgan, he was inspired by his mother's death by which he said "My mother's death helped me to refocus my priorities. It showed me the true value of my life."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Billy Corgan

US Promo CD single (DPRO-13629)[5]

  1. "Crestfallen" – 4:09
  2. "Call Out Research Hook" – 0.10


  1. ^ : SPfreaks : Archived 2013-02-02 at
  2. ^ Billboard - Google Books. 1998-11-28. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  3. ^ "Crestfallen - The Evan Anthem : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  4. ^ Derogatis, Jim (2 October 2003). Milk It: Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of The '90s - Jim DeRogatis - Google Books. ISBN 9780306812712. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  5. ^ "Smashing Pumpkins Crestfallen USA Promo 5" CD SINGLE (128403)". 1998-12-22. Retrieved 2012-11-13.