Little Things (Bush song)

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"Little Things"
Single by Bush
from the album Sixteen Stone
Released 30 May 1995

CD single

B side = swim(live) x-girlfrend
Recorded 1994
Genre Grunge
Length 4:24 (album version)
4:02 (edit)
Label Trauma/Interscope
Songwriter(s) Gavin Rossdale
Producer(s) Clive Langer
Alan Winstanley
Bush singles chronology
"Everything Zen"
"Little Things"
"Everything Zen"
"Little Things"

"Little Things" is a song by rock band Bush, released on 30 May 1995 as the second single from their 1994 debut album, Sixteen Stone.


In a November 2017 interview with Songfacts, Gavin Rossdale explained the song's inspiration:

The lyrical inspiration was the simple realization of that whole thing about don't be letting the details get you down. I was always feeling encumbered by life and overtaken by life and dwarfed by life, and my feelings and my paranoias and my worries were larger than anything else. So, there was always that pain to try to keep all of those worries at bay.

That's just a song about paranoia for the future and paranoia of life. I think it has something to do with trying to be strong in the face of adversity.[1]

Music video[edit]

The video was shot throughout January and February 1995 in an old mansion in upstate New York, Long Island, NY, Los Angeles, and at the band's studio. The video was directed by Matt Mahurin who also directed their previous video for Everything Zen.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  • AUS CD single 92531 / INTDS95757 (both bardsleeve and jewelcase versions)
    1. "Little Things" - 4:25
    2. "Swim [Live]" - 6:39
    3. "X-Girlfriend" - 0:47

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[3] 177
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 2
UK Singles Chart[4] 184
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[5] 4
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[6] 6
US Radio Songs (Billboard)[7] 46


  1. ^ "Gavin Rossdale of Bush: Songwriter Interviews". Songfacts. Retrieved February 1, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Music Video History at - A Comprehensive Fan Site For The Band Bush". Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 2011-11-01. 
  3. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry, received 24 May 2016". Retrieved 2016-12-24. 
  4. ^ "Chart Log UK 1994–2010 > Darren B – David Byrne". Retrieved 2016-12-24.  N.B. This site displays 'uncompressed' chart peaks (no exclusion rules applied) for singles charting between 76 and 200, from November 1994 to May 2001.
  5. ^ "Bush Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  6. ^ "Bush Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  7. ^ "Bush Chart History (Radio Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2017.

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