Mad Season (song)

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"Mad Season"
Mad Season Single.jpg
Single by Matchbox Twenty
from the album Mad Season
Released April 16, 2001
Recorded 1999
Length 5:02
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Rob Thomas
Producer(s) Matt Serletic
Matchbox Twenty singles chronology
"If You're Gone"
"Mad Season"

"Mad Season" is the title-track and third single off Matchbox Twenty's second album, Mad Season. It was released on April 16, 2001. The song peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #76 on the UK Singles Chart.

Background and writing[edit]

Thomas told Billboard magazine that the song took a more universal tone but was originally about "the wild ride that the band has been on since success hit. The whole idea came from out mad season," he says. "It has nothing to do with being bad, it's just crazy. There are no handbooks for any of this."[1]

Music video[edit]

The song's music video, directed by Phil Harder, shows the band getting off a plane, and being surrounded by screaming fans trying to grab them. They are wearing what appear to be special passes, which say "Rock Star" on them, around their necks. Police are there trying to keep everything under control. The band eventually makes it safely to their limousine, but then the crowd climbs all over the car, and it can't go anywhere. The police fail to keep things under control, and the fans break the windows of the limousine. When they get inside, they rip the "Rock Star" passes off the band members, and then they leave. This suggests that they didn't really care about the band; they just wanted the passes.

Track listing[edit]

  • US single
  1. "Mad Season" – 5:09
  2. "Long Day" (live) – 5:32
  3. "Back 2 Good" (live) – 6:11
  • Australia Maxi-CD
  1. "Mad Season" – 5:09
  2. "If You're Gone" – 4:38
  3. "Long Day" (live) – 5:32

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 42
Brazil (ABPD)[2] 88
New Zealand Singles Chart 34
UK Singles Chart 76
US Billboard Hot 100 48
US Billboard Pop Songs 20
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs 5


  1. ^ Billboard, April 1, 2000
  2. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.