Down with the Sickness

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"Down with the Sickness"
Single by Disturbed
from the album The Sickness
Released October 31, 2000
Recorded November–December 1999
Genre Nu metal[1][2][3]
Length 4:38
3:42 (radio edit)
Label Giant
Producer(s) Johnny K
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Disturbed singles chronology
"Down with the Sickness"
Music sample

"Down with the Sickness" is a song by the American band Disturbed. The song was recorded in 1999 and was released as the second single from their debut studio album, The Sickness. The song is one of Disturbed's best-known songs and is a concert staple, usually played as the last song. This was their first single to be certified platinum in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America.[4]


A music video composed of live concert footage was produced for the song. The song is known for its segment of the song which features a boy being attacked and abused by his mother.[5] The music video excludes the "abuse" segment and so does the radio edit of the song. The music video was recorded at the "First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre" (at the time the Tweeter Center) in Tinley Park, IL during Q101's Jamboree 2001.[6]

Down With the Sickness features a famous "ooh-wah-ah-ah-ah" staccato noise from Disturbed's singer David Draiman at the end of the intro, which reappears from time to time throughout the song.[7]

Certifications and chart positions[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2001 Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 4
Mainstream Rock Tracks 5[8]
Modern Rock Tracks 8[8]
2006 Hot Ringtones 2[8]
2012 Hot RingMasters 34[8]


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[9] Platinum 1,000,000^


In media[edit]

The song has been used often as entrance music in sports. Professional football teams, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, the Delaware Blue Hens and the Dallas Cowboys have played it as the players enter the field, and mixed martial artists, Steve Cantwell, Rousimar Palhares, and Mark Bocek have entered to the song at various Ultimate Fighting Championship events.

The song is included in several films and video games including Queen of the Damned, The One and Green Street, Rock Band 2, South Park, Guitar Hero Live and as part of the Guitar Hero 5 downloadable content library (The Guitar Hero and Rock Band version with the "abuse" segment intact, however all curse words were removed).

The 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead used the song during the end credits and the piano accompaniment by Richard Cheese that is played throughout the film.

It is currently the opening theme song on the Travel Channel show Paranormal Challenge.

The song is used as the opening track to the JT the Brick Show featuring JT the Brick and Tomm Looney on FOX Sports Radio.

An instrumental version is used in the opening video for Image Space Incorporated's game rFactor.

The song was also used by professional wrestlers Chri$ Ca$h, Lizmark Jr. and numerous other wrestlers as their entrance song.



  1. ^ "Paolo Gregoletto: Nu-Metal - Revered or Reviled? The Top Ten". All Axess.  (January 5th, 2015). Retrieved on September 23rd, 2015
  2. ^ Shumka, Dave. "10 nu metal songs that still hold up on CBC music". CBC Music.  (February 14th, 2013)
  3. ^ Hadusek, Jon (August 20, 2015). "Disturbed – Immortalized". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Charts - Hits of the Web". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
  5. ^ Ratliff, Ben. "Rolling Stone Review of The Sickness, Mudvayne's L.D. 50, Relative Ash's Our Time With You, and Soulfly's Primitive". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 10, 2007.  (September 28th, 2000). Retrieved on October 1st, 2015
  6. ^ "Q101 Jamboree 2001 Setlists". Retrieved 2015-05-20. 
  7. ^ "10 Best Metal Riffs of the 2000s". Loudwire.  (December 26th, 2013). Retrieved on October 1st, 2015
  8. ^ a b c d "Single Charts". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  9. ^ "American single certifications – Disturbed – Down with the Sickness". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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