Fat Lip

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"Fat Lip"
Single by Sum 41
from the album All Killer No Filler
Released April 22, 2001[1]
Recorded 2000
Length 2:58
Label Island
Producer(s) Jerry Finn
Sum 41 singles chronology
"Makes No Difference"
"Fat Lip"
"In Too Deep"

"Makes No Difference"
"Fat Lip"
"In Too Deep"
Audio sample

"Fat Lip" is a song by Canadian rock band Sum 41. It is the fourth track on their 2001 album All Killer No Filler and was released as the lead single in April 2001. It is the band's most successful single to date, topping the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. It peaked at number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and at number 8 on the UK Singles Chart.[2] It is featured in the Electronic Arts video game NHL 2002.

Musical style[edit]

The uptempo song was described as pop punk[3][4] skate punk,[5][6] rap rock[7] and hip hop,[4] with Deryck Whibley, Dave Baksh and Steve Jocz sharing vocals. "The verses are really about what we do: growing up in the suburbs, going to parties and hanging out with our friends, and causing trouble. A lot of people say they relate to it," said Whibley.[8] The song gets its name from the slang term for a swollen lip as a result of being punched in the face.

Music video[edit]

The song topped MTV's Total Request Live and MuchMusic's MuchMusic Countdown in the summer of 2001. In the original Canadian version, the music video combines with "Pain for Pleasure", a very short Iron Maiden-esque song that is the only metal song found on the album. The video was ranked at #75 on "MuchMusic's 100 Best Videos". At the beginning of the music video, the band performs an a cappella of the first verse of "What We're All About", which would be their future single, for the staff of a convenience store (likely the store frequently seen in the background throughout the video).

Live performances[edit]

The song was performed on Saturday Night Live on October 6, 2001, hosted by Seann William Scott.


The song has been generally well-received, with critics praising the song's unique style. Rolling Stone magazine described the sound of the song "as if Sum 41 went from blink-182 to Beastie Boys to Black Sabbath, all in one song."[citation needed] The song is considered one of the band's signature songs.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Fat Lip" (3:04)
  2. "Makes No Difference" (3:12)
  3. "What I Believe" (2:52)
  4. "Machine Gun" (2:30)

EU Import:

  1. "Fat Lip"
  2. "T.H.T. (Tables Have Turned)"
  3. "Makes No Difference"
  4. "What I Believe"
  5. "Machine Gun"



Chart (2001) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[9] 58
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 21
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 41
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 42
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 16
Italy (FIMI)[14] 30
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[15] 43
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 51
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[17] 8
U.S. Billboard U.S. Modern Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 66


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  3. ^ "20 Essential Pop Punk Tracks Everyone Should Know". NME. June 2, 2011. Retrieved December 9, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "3 Doors Down, Sum41, Green Day On 'Pie 2′ Soundtrack". MTV. June 6, 2001. Retrieved May 5, 2001. 
  5. ^ Edwards, Gavin (September 24, 2001). "Sum 41: Teenage Rock & Roll Machine". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on July 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Sum 41: All Killer No Filler. (Album reviews)". HighBeam Business. September 29, 2001. Retrieved May 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ Weiss, Dan (April 6, 2012). "Ten Rap-Rock Songs That Are Actually Awesome". LA Weekly. Retrieved August 9, 2016. 
  8. ^ Jill, Pesselnick. "The Modern Age." Billboard 19 May 2001: 80. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. University of Illinois. 18 Feb. 2008.
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Sum 41 – Fat Lip". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Sum 41 – Fat Lip" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sum 41 – Fat Lip" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "Musicline.de – Sum 41 Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  13. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Archived from the original on June 3, 2009. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: P". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Sum 41" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Sum 41 – Fat Lip". Swiss Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Chart Log UK (1994–2006) DJ S – The System Of Life" Zobbel. Retrieved 2009-02-04.

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