Kryptonite (3 Doors Down song)

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Single by 3 Doors Down
from the album The Better Life
Released January 11, 2000
Recorded 1999 in New York, New York
Genre Post-grunge
Length 3:53
Label Republic
  • Brad Arnold
  • Todd Harrell
  • Matt Roberts
Producer(s) Paul Ebersold
3 Doors Down singles chronology


"Kryptonite" is a song by the American rock band 3 Doors Down. It was originally released as a demo for local play by 97.9 WCPR-FM in Biloxi, Mississippi.[1] The song first charted on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart reaching number-one for 9 weeks, then it hit the Modern Rock Tracks also staying at number-one for 11 weeks, being one of the longest-running songs on the chart. It also reached number one on the Pop Songs chart for 5 non-consecutive weeks, peaked at number 4 on the Adult Top 40 chart and number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, being the band's highest-charting single there.

The main chorus of the song were sampled in the 2007 song "Goodnight, Goodnight" by band Maroon 5 on It Won't Be Soon Before Long.

Composition and inspiration[edit]

The song was written by drummer/vocalist Brad Arnold in a mathematics class when he was fifteen and was one of the first songs he ever wrote.[2]

In terms of the song's meaning, Arnold has said:

"That song seems like it's really just kind of like asking a question. Its question is kind of a strange one. It's not just asking, “If I fall down, will you be there for me?” Because it's easy to be there for someone when they're down. But it's not always easy to be there for somebody when they're doing good. And that's the question it's asking. It's like, “If I go crazy, will you still call me Superman?” It's asking, “If I'm down, will you still be there for me?” But at the same time, “If I'm alive and well, will you be there holding my hand?” That's kind of asking, “If I'm doing good, will you be there for me? Will you not be jealous of me?” That's the basic question that song's asking, and maybe throughout the years of singing that song, I might have come up with more meanings for it than it actually might have originally had."[2]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Dean Karr, the music video presents an old man who was a big-time action hero on 1950s TV. The scene cuts between the band hanging around on the roof of the apartments where the old man lives, spying on a man harassing a woman. When the man drags her away, the old man dons his trusty suit and follows. In between shots of the old hero chasing the bad guy and failing to protect himself against a group of goths, the band is shown playing in a club with several other elderly people dressed as caricatures of comic villains. The video comes to a close when the old man dives through the skylight and catches the bad guy off guard, possibly knocking him out by falling on top of him. The video ends with the old man smiling, giving a thumbs up to the camera.

Track listing[edit]

U.S. version
  1. "Kryptonite" (Top 40 Edit) – 3:44
  2. "Kryptonite" (LP version) – 3:54
U.S. version enhanced
  1. "Kryptonite" (LP version) – 3:55
  2. "Wasted Me" (Previously unreleased) – 3:11
  3. "Duck and Run" (LP version) – 3:52
  4. "Kryptonite" (Video) – 3:53
UK version
  1. "Kryptonite" (LP version) – 3:55
  2. "Smack" (LP version) – 2:30
AUS version enhanced
  1. "Kryptonite" (LP version) – 3:55
  2. "Wasted Me" – 3:11
  3. "Duck and Run" (LP version) – 3:52
  4. "Kryptonite" (Video) – 3:53
German version
  1. "Kryptonite" (LP version) – 3:55
  2. "Wasted Me" – 3:11
  3. "Life of My Own" (Live from Atlanta) – 4:36
  4. "Kryptonite" (Acoustic)
Dutch version enhanced
  1. "Kryptonite" (LP version) – 3:55
  2. "Wasted Me" – 3:11
  3. "Duck and Run" (LP version) – 3:52
  4. "Kryptonite" (Video) – 3:53

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), p. 633.
  2. ^ a b "Brad Arnold from 3 Doors Down : Songwriter Interviews". 
  3. ^ " – 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ "3 Doors Down Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  5. ^ " – 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  6. ^ " – 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  7. ^ " – 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite". Top 40 Singles.
  8. ^ "3 Doors Down Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "3 Doors Down Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "3 Doors Down Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "3 Doors Down Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "3 Doors Down Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "End of Year Charts 2000". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 11, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-31. 
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  16. ^ "British single certifications – 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 7, 2015.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Kryptonite in the search field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ "American single certifications – 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 8, 2013.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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