Everything Must Go (song)

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For other songs of the same name, see Everything Must Go.
"Everything Must Go"
Single by Manic Street Preachers
from the album Everything Must Go
Released July 22, 1996
Format CD, cassette
Genre Alternative rock, Britpop
Length 3:07 (Edit)
3:41 (Album Version)
Label Epic
Writer(s) Nicky Wire, James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore
Manic Street Preachers singles chronology
"A Design for Life"
"Everything Must Go"
"Kevin Carter"

"Everything Must Go" is a song by Manic Street Preachers, released as a single on July 22, 1996, the second single released from Everything Must Go, released in May of the same year. The song reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart.[1]


The song is cited by Wire as a message to the fans, saying that the music had changed after the loss of Richey Edwards, but the band is still the same.[2] Ushering in a new era for the band, Wire's lyrics asks fans to forgive them for changing: "and I just hope that you can forgive us, but everything must go".[3]

James Dean Bradfield has said that Sean Moore had a lot of freedom in the drums for his song. Unlike on several previous Manic Street Preachers singles, the drums are not "compressed", they are more open and free, giving a sense of disorder in the song.[3] The song features extensive violins and the album is the first Manics record to feature them.


It reached number 5 in the UK Singles Chart on August 3, 1996,[1] making it their second straight top-ten hit.[1] In Finland the song reached number 18 in the charts.[4]

The CD release included "Black Garden", "Hanging On" and "No One Knows What It's Like to Be Me" whereas the cassette featured a live version of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head".[2]

An acoustic version of the song appears on the cassette single of "Kevin Carter" released on September 30, 1996.[5]

The Chemical Brothers' remix of the song appeared in the intro movie to the American and European versions of the PlayStation game Gran Turismo.[2] The song also made an appearance as track number fourteen on Forever Delayed, the band's greatest hits album released in November 2002.

Track listing[edit]

All music written by James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore; except where indicated. All lyrics written by Nicky Wire; except where indicated.

CD one (UK)
  1. "Everything Must Go" – 3:41
  2. "Black Garden" – 4:02
  3. "Hanging On" – 3:02
  4. "No-One Knows What It's Like to Be Me" – 2:58
CD two (UK)
  1. "Everything Must Go" – 3:42
  2. "Everything Must Go" (The Chemical Brothers Remix) – 6:33
  3. "Everything Must Go" (Stealth Sonic Orchestra Remix) – 3:45
  4. "Everything Must Go" (Stealth Sonic Orchestra Soundtrack) – 3:27
  1. "Everything Must Go" – 3:41
  2. "Black Garden" – 4:02
  3. "Hanging On" – 3:02
  4. "No-One Knows What It's Like to Be Me" – 2:58
  5. "Everything Must Go" (Stealth Sonic Orchestra Remix) – 3:45
Cassette (UK)
  1. "Everything Must Go"
  2. "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head (Live Acoustic Version)" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David)


Chart (1996) Peak
UK Singles Chart[1] 5
The Official Finnish Charts 18

UK Chart Performance[edit]

UK Top 40
Week 01 02 03


  1. ^ a b c d "Manic Street Preachers - Official Single Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Price 1998.
  3. ^ a b Manic Street Preachers (2006). Everything Must Go: Tenth Anniversary Edition. Epic Records. 
  5. ^ "Manic Street Preachers".