For What It's Worth (Placebo song)

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"For What It's Worth"
Placebo single600.jpg
Single by Placebo
from the album Battle for the Sun
B-side "Wouldn't It Be Good"
Released 20 April 2009
(radio première)
1 June 2009
(official release)
Format CD, 7", digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Alternative rock
Length 2:47
Label PIAS
Writer(s) Steve Forrest, William Patrick Lloyd, Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal
Producer(s) David Bottrill
Placebo singles chronology
"Running Up that Hill"
"For What It's Worth"
"The Never-Ending Why"

"For What It's Worth" is the first official single from Placebo's sixth studio album, Battle for the Sun. (Not to be confused with For What It's Worth by The Buffalo Springfield.)


It was released on 20 April 2009, in a similar fashion to "Battle for the Sun", i.e. first play on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 program, and then digital download from iTunes and emusic.[1] The single featured a cover of Nik Kershaw's "Wouldn't It Be Good" as the B-side.[2]

The video for the song was released on the following day, on the band's MySpace page.[3] The single was released in the U.S. via iTunes and UK via emusic on 5 May 2009.


The single debuted in the UK Singles Chart at #97 after it was released exclusively via iTunes.[4] It was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "For What It's Worth"
  2. "Wouldn't It Be Good" (Nik Kershaw cover)
  3. "For What It's Worth" (demo version)
  1. "For What It's Worth"
  2. "Wouldn't It Be Good" (Nik Kershaw cover)


Chart Peak
UK Singles Chart 97
UK Indie Chart 2
Austrian Singles Chart 24
Belgium Singles Chart (Flanders) 31
French Airplay Chart 25
Portuguese Singles Chart 42
Swiss Singles Chart 62
Polish Radio Chart 3


  1. ^ "Placebo / News". Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  2. ^ "For What It's Worth - First Single! van Placebo op Myspace". 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  3. ^ "Video Exclusive! van Placebo op Myspace". 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  4. ^ [1] Archived 14 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine.

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