Hitchin' a Ride (Green Day song)

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Not to be confused with Hitchin' a Ride (Vanity Fare song).
"Hitchin' a Ride"
Green Day - Hitchin' a Ride cover.jpg
Single by Green Day
from the album Nimrod
B-side "Sick"
"Espionage"
Released September 22, 1997
Format CD
Recorded 1997
Genre Punk rock, alternative rock
Length 2:51
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, and Tré Cool
Producer(s) Rob Cavallo and Green Day
Green Day singles chronology
"Walking Contradiction"
(1996)
"Hitchin' a Ride"
(1997)
"Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"
(1997)
Music video
"Hitchin' A Ride" on YouTube

"Hitchin' a Ride" is a song by American punk rock band Green Day. It was released as the first single from their fifth album, Nimrod.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Hitchin' a Ride"
  2. "Sick" (non-LP track)
  3. "Espionage" (instrumental; non-LP track) featuring horn arrangements by David Campbell

LP box set:

A :

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

B :

  1. "Scattered"
  2. "Uptight"

Reception[edit]

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."[1]

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! and Bullet in a Bible. The music video is included on International Supervideos!.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 26
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[3] 23
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[4] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 25
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[6] 59
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[7] 9
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[8] 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AJ Ramirez. "Nice Guys Finish Last: The Top 15 Green Day Songs". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  2. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Green Day – Hitchin' a Ride". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 3362." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 7914." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  5. ^ "Green Day: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  6. ^ "Green Day – Chart history" Billboard Radio Songs for Green Day. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "Green Day – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Green Day. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  8. ^ "Green Day – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Green Day. Retrieved November 13, 2016.

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