King Without a Crown (Matisyahu song)

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"King Without a Crown"
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Single by Matisyahu
from the album Shake Off the Dust... Arise and Youth
Released 2005
Format Vinyl, CD single
Recorded 2004
Genre Reggae, alternative, reggae fusion
Length 5:19 (Shake Off the Dust... Arise version)
4:48 (Live at Stubb's version)
3:42 (Youth version)
Label JDub
Producer(s) Michael Caplan, Angelo Montrone, Jacob Harris
Matisyahu singles chronology
"King Without a Crown"
"King Without a Crown"

"King Without a Crown" is a song by Hasidic reggae singer Matisyahu. The song was originally from his 2004 debut studio album Shake off the Dust... Arise and then a shorter edited version was released as an official single in late 2005 in support of his second studio album, Youth. A live version of the song also appeared on his album Live at Stubb's (in Austin, Texas). The live version from Austin is the radio version. The song hit #28 on the Billboard Hot 100[1] and #7 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, making it Matisyahu's biggest hit of his career. On some limited editions of Youth and on the "King Without a Crown" three-track EP, there is a bonus track of "King Without a Crown" remixed by Mike D of the Beastie Boys. Along with the song "Youth", "King Without a Crown" is different from other songs on the album Youth, in that it has a lengthy guitar solo more in the spirit of rock than of reggae. "King Without a Crown" was also played in the movie Knocked Up.


Chart (2005–2006) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 28
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 7
U.S. Billboard Pop Songs 37


  1. ^ "Matisyahu". Retrieved 2010-02-15. 

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