Go with the Flow

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"Go with the Flow"
Single by Queens of the Stone Age
from the album Songs for the Deaf
Released April 7, 2003
Format CD single, vinyl
Recorded 2002
Genre Hard rock, stoner rock
Length 3:07
Label Polydor (UK)
Writer(s) Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri
Producer(s) Josh Homme
Queens of the Stone Age singles chronology
"No One Knows"
"Go with the Flow"
"First It Giveth"

"Go with the Flow" is a song by Queens of the Stone Age from the album Songs for the Deaf, released as a single in 2003. At the 46th Grammy Awards, the song was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was filmed in England by Shynola.[2] At the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, it won Best Special Effects and was nominated for Best Art Direction.[3] The video—rendered in black, white, and red—features the band performing at the back of a Chevrolet pickup truck driving through a desert highway. The video also has sexual themes such as a metaphor of two cars colliding with each other, symbolizing intercourse, and an image of a trident showing some erotic attributes.[4]

Video game usage[edit]

The song is featured in the video games Freestyle Street Soccer, Juiced 2, Gran Turismo 4, Asphalt 8: Airborne and MotorStorm: Arctic Edge. Röyksopp's remix is featured in ATV Offroad Fury 4. It appears in SingStar Rocks!, SingStar Amped, Rock Band and Rocksmith as a playable track.

Cover versions[edit]

  • German electronic music group Northern Lite recorded a cover version of this song on their album Temper.
  • Pitty recorded a cover version for a Brazilian radio station.

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Go with the Flow" (album version)
  2. "No One Knows" (UNKLE reconstruction remix radio edit)
  3. "Hangin' Tree" (live at the Melkweg in Amsterdam on June 24, 2002)
  4. "Go with the Flow" (CD-ROM video)
  1. "Go with the Flow" (album version)
  2. "Regular John" (live; Melkweg in Amsterdam on 24 June 2002)
  3. "Do It Again" (live; Melkweg in Amsterdam on 24 June 2002)
Australian Special Edition
  1. "Go with the Flow" (album version)
  2. "Avon" (live; The Mean Fiddler, London, on June 25, 2002)
  3. "No One Knows" (Lavelle remix radio edit version)
  4. "No One Knows" (CD-ROM video)
Dutch Edition
  1. "Go with the Flow" (album version)
  2. "Avon" (live; The Mean Fiddler on June 25, 2002)
  3. "No One Knows" (UNKLE Reconstruction radio edit)
  4. "No One Knows" (CD-ROM video)
UK 12"
  1. "Go with the Flow" (album version)
  2. "No One Knows" (UNKLE reconstruction vocal version)

The 12" is pressed on clear vinyl.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[6] 39
Dutch Singles Chart[6] 50
UK Singles Chart[7] 21
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[8] 16
US Hot Modern Rock Tracks[8] 7
US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[8] 24


  1. ^ Associated Press (2004). Grammy Award Winners. The New York Times. Accessed January 16, 2009.
  2. ^ Tezel, Ali. "Queens of The Stone Age "Go with the Flow" - interview with Chris Harding". CGsociety. Retrieved 2007-06-19. 
  3. ^ 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. Rock on the Net. Accessed January 16, 2009.
  4. ^ Mancini, Robert (April 11, 2003). Lens Recap: The Story Behind Queens Of The Stone Age's 'Go With The Flow'. MTV. Accessed January 16, 2009.
  5. ^ MTV News staff report, "For The Record: Quick News On Phil Spector, Usher, Kelly Rowland, Audioslave, Slipknot, G-Unit, Wilco, U2 & More", MTV News, May 14, 2004.
  6. ^ a b "Dutch Singles Chart". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2013-01-03. 
  7. ^ Queens of the Stone Age - UK Singles Chart. officialcharts.com. Retrieved on Jan 03, 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "Artist Chart History (singles) - Queens of the Stone Age". Billboard. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 

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