Instinct (song)

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Instinct Crowded House.jpg
Single by Crowded House
from the album Recurring Dream
Released10 June 1996 (UK)
17 February 1997 (Aus)
FormatCD single
Songwriter(s)Neil Finn
Producer(s)Mitchell Froom, Neil Finn & Tchad Blake
Crowded House singles chronology
"Everything Is Good for You"
"Not the Girl You Think You Are"

"Instinct" is a 1996 song by rock group Crowded House. It was the first single released from the group's greatest hits compilation Recurring Dream in the United Kingdom, and the third and final release in Australia.[1] It was a top 20 hit in New Zealand and the UK, peaking at number 17 and number 12, respectively; in the UK, it became their second-highest peak alongside "Locked Out" (their highest peak was "Weather with You" at number seven). In Australia, "Instinct" peaked at number 90 on the ARIA Singles Chart in March 1997,[2] spending two non-consecutive weeks in the top 100.[3]

The band members reportedly[citation needed] hated the music video for the song which featured two female aliens, and a living golden statue, thus it was omitted from the compilation DVD Dreaming: The Videos.

Track listing[edit]

"Instinct" was released as a two CD set available separately. Disc one in a double case; disc two in a sleeve ready to insert the disc into the case with disc one. "Recurring Dream" originally from the film Tequila Sunrise and later released on Crowded House rarities album Afterglow. "In the Lowlands" originally from Temple of Low Men. "Chocolate Cake" features The Beatles song "Rocky Raccoon" as its intro. All songs written by Neil Finn unless otherwise indicated.

Disc one

  1. "Instinct" - 3:09
  2. "Recurring Dream" (Remix from Tequila sunrise soundtrack) (Craig Hooper, Neil Finn, Nick Seymour, Paul Hester) - 3:23
  3. "Weather with You" (N. Finn, Tim Finn) (live[4]) - 6:00
  4. "Chocolate Cake" ("Rocky Raccoon": John Lennon, Paul McCartney; "Chocolate Cake": N. Finn, T. Finn) (live[4]) - 7:43

Disc two

  1. "Instinct" (alternative mix) - 3:09
  2. "World Where You Live" (live[4])
  3. "In the Lowlands" (live[5])
  4. "Into Temptation" (live[6])


Chart (1996-1997) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 90
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7] 68
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[8] 27
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 17
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[10] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 12


  1. ^ Bailey, Marck; Comprehensive discography Archived 2006-04-09 at the Wayback Machine. of Crowded House including track listings for all albums and singles. Released 28 March 1995. Retrieved 4 July 2007.
  2. ^ a b "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles Chart – Week Ending 06 Apr 1997". (original document published by ARIA). Retrieved 24 June 2017. N.B. The HP column displays the highest peak reached.
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  4. ^ a b c Recorded live at Civic Theater, Newcastle, Australia, 20 March 1992.
  5. ^ Recorded live at Los Angeles, 6 April 1989.
  6. ^ Recorded live at Sheffield, 21 June 1992.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9639." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 9681." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  9. ^ " – Crowded House – Instinct". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 April 2018.

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