Katmandu (song)

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Single by Bob Seger
from the album Beautiful Loser
B-side "Nutbush City Limits"
Released 1975
Format 7-inch
Genre Rock
Length 6:09
3:16 (single edit)
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Bob Seger
Producer(s) Bob Seger and Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section
Bob Seger singles chronology
"Beautiful Loser"
"Nutbush City Limits"

"Katmandu" is a song written and recorded by American rock artist Bob Seger. It was initially released on his 1975 studio album Beautiful Loser, which became the first of ten consecutive platinum albums for Seger.[1] The song was later featured on his live album Live Bullet. The single edit reached number 43 on the US Top 40, becoming Seger's most successful single since "Ramblin' Gamblin' Man".[2] The song was featured in the soundtrack to the 1985 film Mask starring Cher and Eric Stoltz. The song was also featured as a part of the soundtrack in the 16th episode of the television series Freaks and Geeks. It also appeared in the tenth episode on the eighth season of the television series Supernatural.


The song refers to the city Kathmandu, the capital of the republic of Nepal, although there is no evidence that Seger ever actually went to Kathmandu. After the Nepali earthquake of 2015, Seger said his "heart went out" to the city.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
Canadian RPM Top Singles 57
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 43


  1. ^ "Bob Seger Highlights". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum Inc. Retrieved 4 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Pop Songs: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 218.