Float On (Modest Mouse song)
|Single by Modest Mouse|
|from the album Good News for People Who Love Bad News|
|Released||February 14, 2004|
|Songwriter(s)||Isaac Brock, Dann Gallucci, Eric Judy|
|Modest Mouse singles chronology|
"Float On" is a single released by American indie rock band Modest Mouse. It also appears on their album Good News for People Who Love Bad News. The song was written by Dann Gallucci, Eric Judy and Isaac Brock. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song in 2005. The single was mixed by Jacquire King, who was also responsible for the recording and mixing of the album.
It was a completely conscious thing. I was just kind of fed up with how bad shit had been going, and how dark everything was, with bad news coming from everywhere. Our president George W. Bush is just a fucking daily dose of bad news! Then you've got the well-intentioned scientists telling us that everything is fucked. I just want to feel good for a day.— Isaac Brock, The A.V. Club
The song was released on February 14, 2004 and was the first Modest Mouse song to gain mainstream popularity. Nearly six months after its release, it became the band's first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. It debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 70 and peaked at No. 14. In Australia, the song was ranked No. 11 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004. In 2013 Triple J created a new list of the Hottest 100 songs of the past 20 years, Float On appeared at No. 45. In July 2009, it was also voted in at No. 94 in Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time. In December 2009 Rolling Stone named it the 39th greatest song of the 2000s (decade). The song is in the key of F# major.
Samples and usage in media
Part of the guitar riff in "Float On" is sampled in P!nk's 2012 song "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)". The song is also sampled and interpolated in Lupe Fiasco's song "The Show Goes On" from his album Lasers. "Weird Al" Yankovic uses part of "Float On" in his song "Polkarama!".
The song was used in an episode of One Tree Hill.
The following tracks appeared on the single:
- "Float On" – 3:32
- "I've Got It All (Most)" – 3:06
- Isaac Brock – vocals, lead guitar
- Eric Judy – bass, backing vocals
- Dann Gallucci – rhythm guitar, keyboards, drum loops, backing vocals
- Benjamin Weikel – drums, percussion