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Single by Taking Back Sunday
from the album Louder Now
Released May 15, 2006
Format CD, Digital download, 7" vinyl
Recorded 2005
Genre Pop punk[1]
Length 3:32
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Taking Back Sunday
Producer(s) Eric Valentine
Taking Back Sunday singles chronology
"This Photograph Is Proof (I Know You Know)"
"Twenty-Twenty Surgery"

"MakeDamnSure" is a song by American rock band Taking Back Sunday. It was released as the first single from their third album, Louder Now. "MakeDamnSure" was released to radio on March 14, 2006.[2] It has experienced much more success than the band's other singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and Modern Rock Tracks chart. It is their most successful single to date.

The song ranked at #52 on Rolling Stone's "The 100 Best Songs of 2006".[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song "MakeDamnSure" (directed by Marc Klasfeld) switches between scenes of the band playing in a wind tunnel and scenes of violence and destruction (such as a car crashing from a cliff, or bombs exploding in a village). The wind in the tunnel gradually increases, and when the loud chorus part repeats for the last time, it almost blows them away. As the song slows down, the violent images are replayed, but this time, they are transformed into a short scene considered to be happy, i.e. the scene of the police officers using fire hoses on protesters turns into a scene of a woman watering her plants, and the Cincinnati Red's former stadium being demolished turns into a shore view. The video ends as Adam Lazzara, who's viewed singing in profile, slowly turns into a boy, who blows on the microphone, which has turned into a dandelion, whose seeds blow away, and then starts running in an open field, as the camera pans upwards and the video fades away. The video was premiered on MTV2 on April 3, 2006, and was played frequently in the following months.

Chart performance[edit]

"MakeDamnSure" is by far Taking Back Sunday's most successful single to date.. To date it is their only song that has charted on the [(Billboard Hot 100|Billboard Hot 100)] (number 48).

Track listing[edit]

CD Single / UK CD # 1:

  1. "MakeDamnSure" - 3:32
  2. "Sleep" - 3:20

7" Vinyl:

  1. "MakeDamnSure"
  2. "Sleep"

Enhanced CD / UK CD # 2:

  1. "MakeDamnSure" - 3:33
  2. "What's It Feel like to be a Ghost?" (Live) - 3:50
  3. "Error: Operator" (Live) - 3:03
  4. "MakeDamnSure" (Video) - 3:29


  1. ^ Pauker, Lance (January 22, 2014). "49 Phenomenally Angsty Pop-Punk Songs From The 2000s You Forgot Existed". Thought Catalog. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  2. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ The 100 Best Songs of 2006 : Rolling Stone

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