Drive (Incubus song)

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Single by Incubus
from the album Make Yourself
ReleasedNovember 20, 2000
RecordedMay–June 1999 in Los Angeles, California
LabelEpic, Immortal
Songwriter(s)Brandon Boyd, Mike Einziger, Chris Kilmore, Alex Katunich and Jose Pasillas
Producer(s)Scott Litt
Incubus singles chronology
"Wish You Were Here"
Audio sample
A sample from "Drive" by Incubus

"Drive" is a song recorded by American rock band Incubus. It was released in November 2000 as a single from their third album Make Yourself. It is considered the band's biggest hit and breakthrough single, eventually reaching the top of Billboard's modern rock charts on March 3, 2001, and #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 28. In 2001, "Drive" won Billboard's award for Modern Rock Single of the Year. Director Bill Draheim documented the making of "Drive". 'Save Me from my Half-Life Drive' is the result of that edited EPK footage.

The song is featured in the video games Donkey Konga 2 and Guitar Hero Live in addition to the film Surf's Up. This single was also certified gold in Australia in the year 2001.


According to lead singer, Brandon Boyd, "The lyric is basically about fear, about being driven all your life by it and making decisions from fear. It's about imagining what life would be like if you didn't live it that way".[1][2][dead link]

The song's main lyric is "I'll Be There", but because there was a song by that name by The Jackson 5, the song's final title ended up being "Drive".

Musical qualities and influences[edit]

The song is what is widely described as mellow, featuring mostly acoustic instruments and grounded both musically and lyrically in a very relaxing and positive ambience making the song a departure and exception from their original alternative metal, nu metal and funk metal roots.


When played live, the song is performed in a number of different ways; unplugged with Mike and Brandon, the full band with Mike playing guitar, or the remixed version, centering on Ben Kenney's amplified and reconstructed bass melodies, with Mike playing an electric piano (as seen on the Alive at Red Rocks DVD).

Music video[edit]

The music video is based on M.C. Escher's Drawing Hands. Directed by Phil Harder, it features a simple musical session intercut with a rotoscoped animation of Brandon Boyd drawing himself. The animation was handled by both Boyd and drummer Jose Pasillas. The scenes from the official music video were shot in the McNamara Alumni Center on the University of Minnesota. The video was nominated for Best Group Video at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards but lost to 'N Sync.

Track list[edit]

US Chillum promo single record

  1. "Drive (radio edit)"

European EP[3]

  1. "Drive"
  2. "Drive (orchestral studio version)"
  3. "Favorite Things (live)"
  4. "Pardon Me (live)
  5. "Clean (live)"

Australian EP

  1. "Drive"
  2. "Crowded Elevator"
  3. "Stellar (acoustic)"
  4. "Pardon Me (acoustic)"
  5. "Drive (acoustic)"

US promo single

  1. Drive

UK maxi single

  1. "Drive"
  2. "Drive (acoustic)"
  3. "Clean (live)"
  4. "Drive (video)"

UK promo single

  1. "Drive (album version)"
  2. "Drive (orchestral studio version)"




  1. ^ "Song Facts – Drive by Incubus". Facts about songs. Tone Fuse Music. Retrieved 2011-10-08. "The lyric is basically about fear, about being driven all your life by it and making decisions from fear. It's about imagining what life would be like if you didn't live it that way."-Brandon Boyd
  2. ^ "What Incubus song has a doctor talking about a car crash?". ChaCha. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  3. ^ "Incubus (2) – Drive". Discogs.
  4. ^ " – Incubus – Drive". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  6. ^ " – Incubus Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  7. ^ " – Incubus – Drive". Top 40 Singles.
  8. ^ "Music & Media: Eurochart Hot 100" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  9. ^ " – Incubus – Drive". Swiss Singles Chart.
  10. ^
  11. ^ "End of Year Charts 2001". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  12. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 2001". Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-31.

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