Hitchin' a Ride (Green Day song)

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"Hitchin' a Ride"
Green Day - Hitchin' a Ride cover.jpg
Single by Green Day
from the album Nimrod
  • "Sick"
  • "Espionage"
ReleasedSeptember 22, 1997
Producer(s)Rob Cavallo and Green Day
Green Day singles chronology
"Walking Contradiction"
"Hitchin' a Ride"
"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"
Music video
"Hitchin' A Ride" on YouTube

"Hitchin' a Ride" is a song by American rock band Green Day. It was released on September 22, 1997 as the first single from their fifth album Nimrod and is the second track on that album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hitchin' a Ride"
  2. "Sick of Me" (non-LP track)
  3. "Espionage" (non-LP track)

LP box set:

A side:

  1. "Hitchin' a Ride"
  2. "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"

B side:

  1. "Scattered"
  2. "Uptight"


PopMatters listed "Hitchin' a Ride" as the sixth best Green Day song, citing "Suiting its falling-off-the-wagon subject matter, "Hitchin’ a Ride" is a hellish yet exhilarating track that makes picking up a bottle look like probably not wisest idea one could have."[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Hitchin' a Ride" was directed by Mark Kohr, the director that Green Day had favored throughout the Dookie and Insomniac singles. Coherently with the subject of the song, the music video shows the band performing in a scenery reminiscent of prohibition era, amongst suggestive characters in costumes.

"Hitchin' a Ride" can also be found on International Superhits!, Bullet in a Bible and Greatest Hits: God's Favorite Band. The music video is included on International Supervideos!.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 26
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 23
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[7] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 25
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[9] 59
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[10] 9
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[11] 5

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The 79 Best Alternative Rock Songs of 1997". April 25, 2017. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  2. ^ Green Day: Rebels with a Cause by Gillian G. Gaar
  3. ^ Strength, Reed (October 28, 2016). "Ranking Green Day's 12 Albums". Paste Magazine. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  4. ^ AJ Ramirez. "Nice Guys Finish Last: The Top 15 Green Day Songs". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  5. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Green Day – Hitchin' a Ride". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 3362." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 7914." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  8. ^ "Green Day: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  9. ^ "Green Day Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  10. ^ "Green Day Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  11. ^ "Green Day Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 13, 2016.

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