Flood (Jars of Clay song)

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Jarsofclay flood.jpg
Artwork for the U.S. Silvertone radio promo.
The U.S. Essential radio promo has the band name centered directly above the jar. The song title was moved to just below the band name in the left upper corner. The band name is printed larger and is dark blue instead of black.
Single by Jars of Clay
from the album Jars of Clay
Released 1995
Format CD
Recorded 1995
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:31 (Album Version)
Label Essential/Silvertone
Songwriter(s) Dan Haseltine, Charlie Lowell, Stephen Mason, Matt Odmark
Producer(s) Adrian Belew
Jars of Clay singles chronology
Audio sample

"Flood" is a song written and performed by Jars of Clay. It is considered to be their breakthrough song due to airplay on contemporary Christian music and alternative rock radio stations, two radio formats which rarely interact with one another. It was released in 1995 on their self-titled debut album. The album remained in the top 60 albums for much of the year and remained in Billboard 200 for an entire 52-week (one-year) cycle. The album went gold and, shortly after, attained platinum status. The debut album has now sold well over 2,000,000 copies.

The single was a multi-format crossover hit in the United States, peaking at No. 12 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Charlie Lowell, Dan Haseltine, Matt Odmark, & Stephen Mason.

U.S. commercial single[edit]

  1. "Flood" - 3:31
  2. "Sinking" - 3:47

U.S. 2-track radio promo (Silvertone Records)[edit]

  1. "Flood" (Radio Edit) - 3:12
  2. "Flood" (LP Version) - 3:31

U.S. 3-track radio promo (Silvertone Records)[edit]

  1. "Flood" (Adrian Belew Electric Remix) - 3:30
  2. "Flood" (Radio Edit) - 3:13
  3. "Flood" (LP Version) - 3:31

U.S. radio promo (Essential Records)[edit]

  1. "Flood" (Radio Edit) - 3:15
  2. "Flood" (Short Edit) - 2:58

U.K. commercial maxi-single[edit]

  1. "Flood" (Savage Flavor Remix) - 4:24
  2. "Flood" - 3:33
  3. "Sinking" - 3:48
  4. "Blind" (The Fluffy-Sav Smoothed Out Mix) 5:08


In popular culture[edit]

The song plays over the closing credits of the 1998 film Hard Rain[6] and is used in the 2002 film A Walk to Remember.[7] It was the theme song of the A&E reality show, God or the Girl.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jars of Clay - Jars of Clay". AllMusic. 1995-10-24. Retrieved 2011-12-31. 
  2. ^ "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 8 June 1996. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 29 June 1996. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Jars of Clay - Chart history". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1996". RPM. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ Service, Religion News (7 March 1998). "Christian Music Is Playing a New Role in Hollywood Films". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  7. ^ Mackelden, Amy. "9 Most Insanely Unrealistic Moments In 'A Walk To Remember'". www.bustle.com. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 

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