Nookie (song)

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Single by Limp Bizkit
from the album Significant Other
Released June 15, 1999
Format CD, cassette
Recorded 1998
Genre Nu metal,[1] rap rock,[2] rap metal[3]
Length 4:26
Songwriter(s) Fred Durst, John Otto, Sam Rivers, Wes Borland[4]
Limp Bizkit singles chronology

"Nookie" is the first single released from the album Significant Other by Limp Bizkit. It was released on June 15, 1999.[5]

Lyrics and background[edit]

In a 2008 interview with British rock magazine Kerrang, guitarist Wes Borland had the following to say about how the lyrical content turned out: "The music was cool, but I didn't like the lyrics at all. The funny thing is that Nookie was actually the working title. When we were in the studio there was a porn magazine that had the word 'nookie' on the cover, so I was like, 'This song's called Nookie!', I never thought someone would actually run with it. I suppose it's all my fault."[6]

Fred Durst said about the song, "It's about my ex-girlfriend, how she treated me like shit, and I couldn't leave her, wouldn't get over it," he said. "She screwed my friends and used me for my money. I tried to figure out why I did it, and I figured I did it all for the nookie."[7]

Music video[edit]

In the song's music video, Durst sings the song while walking through city streets drawing a crowd of followers as he leads them to a secret concert performance of the song in an alley. The band allowed hundreds of fans to participate, playing the song in front of the large crowd. All the men went to one side of the stage, and the women on the other side. When Durst sang the chorus, at certain parts he would hold out his microphone to the crowd, getting that particular side to sing. This was, according to Durst, to show that "guys go off hard, but girls go off even harder". The audio from this plays during the music video. At the end of the music video, Durst is arrested and taken away by police officers.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Nookie" - 4:28
  2. "Counterfeit" (Lethal Dose Remix) - 3:21
  3. "Counterfeit" (Phat Ass Remix) - 3:05
  4. "Nookie" (video)
  5. "Faith" (video)

Commercial performance[edit]

"Nookie" made Limp Bizkit extremely popular.[9] The song helped make the Limp Bizkit album that it's on, Significant Other, get certified 7x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[10] "Nookie" went to number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 31, 1999 and was on the chart for 11 weeks.[11] "Nookie" also went to number 74 on the Radio Songs chart,[12] number 6 on the Mainstream Rock chart,[13] and number 3 on the Alternative Songs chart.[14] "Nookie" went to number 1 on MTV's Total Request Live many times during the summer of 1999.[15][16]


Pharrell Williams, while recording N.E.R.D.'s 2008 album Seeing Sounds cited this song as part of the band's incentive and drive to record more energetic music, noting it as the last energetic hit single before the album's release.[17] According to Stereogum, "aside from the infantile lyrics, the awful rapping, and the yelling, it’s really not that bad of a song".[18] Author Dave Holmes wrote that "Nookie" is "terrible, yet the kids ate" it "up".[19]


  1. ^ Young, Chris (May 27, 2013). "Faithful Limp Bizkit fans pack the Observatory". Orange County Register. Retrieved November 19, 2014. Released the summer before Y2K, that band's sophomore album Significant Other dominated modern-rock airwaves with instant nu-metal anthems like "Nookie" and "Break Stuff." 
  2. ^ Grierson, Tim. "Top 10 Essential Rap-Rock Songs". Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ Rosenblatt, Josh (August 22, 2008). "The Longshots". The Austin Chronicle. 
  4. ^ "Nookie". AllMusic. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Nookie - Limp Bizkit". AllMusic. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ Teri vanHorn (June 22, 1999). "Limp Bizkit Score With ‘Nookie’ From Significant Other". MTV. 
  8. ^ Devenish 2000.
  9. ^ Bush, John. "Limp Bizkit | Biography & History". AllMusic. 
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Limp Bizkit – Significant Other". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  11. ^ "Limp Bizkit - Chart history (The Hot 100)". Billboard. 
  12. ^ "Limp Bizkit - Chart history (Radio Songs)". Billboard. 
  13. ^ "Limp Bizkit - Chart history (Mainstream Rock Songs)". Billboard. 
  14. ^ "Limp Bizkit - Chart history (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. 
  15. ^ "Recap: July 1999". ATRL - The TRL Archive. Retrieved December 25, 2016. 
  16. ^ "Recap: August 1999". ATRL - The TRL Archive. Retrieved December 25, 2016. 
  17. ^ Micallef, Ken (2008-06-01). "N.E.R.D - Old Money, New Money". Remix Magazine. Primedia Business Magazines & Media. Retrieved 2009-01-14. 
  18. ^ "Video Hangover: Limp Bizkit - "Nookie"". Stereogum. August 7, 2007. Retrieved December 25, 2016. 
  19. ^ Holmes 2016, p. 182.


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