Headstrong (Trapt song)

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Single by Trapt
from the album Trapt
Released October 18, 2002
Format CD
Recorded 2002
Genre Nu metal
  • 4:45 (album version)
  • 3:54 (edit version)
  • 3:35 (radio and video edit)
Label Warner Bros.
  • Chris Taylor Brown
  • Pete Charell
  • Simon Ormandy
  • Jeffrey Unbankes
Trapt singles chronology
"Still Frame"
"Still Frame"

"Headstrong" is the debut single from the band Trapt and the lead single from their 2002 self-titled debut album. It is a confrontational song about starting a fight. It reached No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock (1 week on July 26, 2003) and Modern Rock (5 weeks on May 31, 2003) charts and No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as No. 1 on the singles recurrent charts. It crossed over to mainstream pop radio, peaking at No. 4 on Billboard Mainstream Top 40. The song also won two Billboard Music Awards in 2003 for "Best Modern Rock Track" and "Best Rock Track". It was featured on the video game Karaoke Revolution Party.

"Headstrong" was rated the No. 1 alternative song and No. 8 rock song of the decade of the 2000s by Billboard.[1]

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced for "Headstrong" which largely focuses on the band performing in front of a crowd. Paper and other debris are seen flying past in furious winds as the group plays in an urban nighttime setting. The video found considerable airplay on MTV2 and MMUSA upon release. The video was directed by Brian Scott Weber.


"Headstrong" was featured in the motocross video game MX Unleashed, the pro wrestling video game Legends of Wrestling II, NHL 2003, Donkey Konga 2, Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock's downloadable track and Karaoke Revolution Party. "Headstrong" is also in the films Grind and Never Back Down, and was used in previews for the Bruce Willis film Tears of the Sun and a trailer for the movie Aeon Flux. It also served as Seth Skyfire and Shelly Martinez's entrance music while in Ohio Valley Wrestling as well as the theme song for WWE Bad Blood 2003. It was also used to introduce the starting players for the Philadelphia Phantoms. It is the current television introduction theme for TKO Major League MMA, a Canadian Mixed Martial Arts organization. The song was used as the introduction theme to the Shinhan Bank Starleague in 2005. The Tampa Bay Lightning mixed this song with highlights from their playoff run in 2003–2004 season (Tampa Bay ended up winning the Stanley Cup that year). The song was also used as the introduction to the first season of Nopi Tunervision which featured Dalene Curtis as the host.

The song appeared in a commercial for the premiere of the new season of Pros vs. Joes on Spike TV. In fall 2012, it was also used in a commercial for the season premiere of CMT's Redneck Island.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Headstrong" – 4:46
  2. "Promise" – 3:49
  3. "Hollowman" – 5:03

Total Length: 13:38


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2002–2003) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 86
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 106
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 16
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 40
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40 4
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 49
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
Preceded by
"Like a Stone" by Audioslave
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
May 31, 2003 – June 28, 2003
Succeeded by
"Send the Pain Below" by Chevelle
Preceded by
"Send the Pain Below" by Chevelle
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
July 26, 2003
Succeeded by
"Send the Pain Below" by Chevelle


  1. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2003". Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 

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