Heavy (Collective Soul song)

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Collective Soul Heavy.jpg
Single by Collective Soul
from the album Dosage
ReleasedJanuary 1999
Songwriter(s)Ed Roland
Producer(s)Ed Roland, Anthony J. Resta
Collective Soul singles chronology
"No More, No Less"

"Heavy" is a song by American post-grunge band Collective Soul. It is the second single from their fourth album Dosage. It was the last of the band's seven number ones on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, as well as their most successful, staying atop the chart for 15 weeks. It was also their last song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 73. It was featured as one of two songs in NHL 2001. The song was also featured in the NASCAR intro on NBC in 2003.


In a December 2017 interview with Songfacts, lead singer Ed Roland explained the inspiration behind "Heavy". Referencing Collective Soul's earlier hit, "December", he said:

Once again, I wanted to write a song that didn't have a title in the lyrics. So, once again, I was being a little bitch I guess - I felt like I was being taken advantage of, so the whole thing is, "All your weight it falls on me." I was looking for a word that would fit what I was describing, like "All your weight it falls on me, it brings me down." The riff I felt was a heavy riff, so, "Heavy" just came up. And I wanted a song down to three minutes - I wanted it to move quick. That was written after we thought the record was done, and the guys were like, "No, we need to get this one in there." And I agreed wholeheartedly.[1]


Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 73
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 5
Canadian RPM Top Singles 5
Canadian RPM Rock/Alternative 30 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1999) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[2] 73


  1. ^ "Ed Roland of Collective Soul". Songfacts. Retrieved January 21, 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 70, No. 8, December 13, 1999". RPM. December 13, 1999. Archived from the original on March 10, 2016. Retrieved November 21, 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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