December (Collective Soul song)

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Single by Collective Soul
from the album Collective Soul
ReleasedMarch 1995
RecordedLate 1994
Miami, Florida
(Criteria Studios)
Songwriter(s)Ed Roland
Producer(s)Ed Roland
Matt Serletic
Collective Soul singles chronology
"Smashing Young Man"
"Smashing Young Man"
Music video
"December" on YouTube

"December" is a song by American alternative rock band Collective Soul, released on the band's 1995 eponymous album. Written by singer/guitarist Ed Roland, the song peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Album Rock Tracks chart for nine straight weeks, surpassing their prior hit "Shine" by one week, as well as peaking at number two on the Modern Rock Tracks chart,[1] making it their highest-charting single on that chart. In Canada, the song reached number two on the RPM Top Singles chart, behind "Leave Virginia Alone" by Rod Stewart, becoming their highest-charting single until "The World I Know" reached the top spot in March 1996.


In a December 2017 interview with Songfacts, lead singer Ed Roland explained the inspiration behind "December":

We were going through a tough time with our first manager, and I just felt like at the time, a lot of stuff happened really quickly. You've got to remember, we had a hit song before we had a label or even a true band. So, that relationship started to deteriorate. And while we were in the studio, it came pretty natural. I just wanted to talk about how I felt I was being used and whatever I did was not good enough ever.[2]

Cover version[edit]

Burmese rock band Iron Cross has "copied" the song live in concert.[3][4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "December" (album version)
  2. "Sister Don't Cry" (acoustic non-album track)
  3. "Where The River Flows" (live)
  4. "December" (live)

Live tracks recorded 3/14/95 at The Thunderdome in St. Petersburg, FL.



  1. ^ December - Collective Soul
  2. ^ "Ed Roland of Collective Soul". Songfacts. Retrieved January 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "Pop Music in Burma". University of Dayton. November 17, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Shakira And Collective Soul's Hits, With A Burmese Twist". NPR. December 1, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  5. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – 17 Sep 1995". (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 2017-07-05. N.B. The HP column displays the highest peak reached.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9043." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 9205." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  8. ^ " – Collective Soul – December". Top 40 Singles.
  9. ^ "Billboard 100 – Collective Soul". Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  10. ^ "Mainstream Rock Tracks – Collective Soul". Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  11. ^ "Alternative Songs – Collective Soul". Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  12. ^ "Adult Pop Songs – Collective Soul". Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  13. ^ "Mainstream Top 40 – Collective Soul". Retrieved 2013-03-08.
  14. ^ "RPM Top 50 Alternative Tracks of 1995". RPM. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  15. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1995". RPM. Retrieved November 26, 2017.

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