Pain (Jimmy Eat World song)

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Pain single.jpg
Single by Jimmy Eat World
from the album Futures
Released October 11, 2004 (UK)
Format CD
Genre Alternative rock, emo[1]
Length 2:51
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Jim Adkins, Rick Burch, Zach Lind, Tom Linton
Producer(s) Gil Norton
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Jimmy Eat World singles chronology
"A Praise Chorus"

"Pain" is a song by the American rock band Jimmy Eat World. "Pain" was released to radio on September 14, 2004.[2] It was released as the first single from their 2004 album Futures and became their second #1 hit on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song was featured on video games Tony Hawk's Underground 2, Midnight Club 3: DUB Edition, Guitar Hero: Van Halen, Karaoke Revolution Party and the Rock Band series. It was also featured on the Smallville episode "Transference." The 7" was pressed on clear vinyl. Although its album is not their most successful and "Pain" is not the highest charting single, the single has received Gold status by the RIAA, making "Pain" Jimmy Eat World's best-selling single.

Track list[edit]


  1. Pain (album version)
  2. Shame (demo)
  3. Yer Feet (live acoustic) (Mojave 3 cover)
  4. Pain (video)


  1. Pain (2:51)
  2. Shame (5:40)


The video, which was directed by Paul Fedor, features a young man who constantly does things which cause him pain (including submerging himself in water for extended periods of time, throwing himself down stairs and draping himself in meat and letting attack dogs maul him), but he doesn't appear to feel any of it. He is followed and constantly attacked by two twin children with baseball bats. At the end the young woman featured in flashes through the rest of the video arrives by his side, and when the twins hit him again, he finally has a reaction to pain. At the end of the video they walk off together. The video also featured footage of the band playing from the inside of a garage. For undisclosed reasons, the twins in the video bear a striking resemblance to Ari and Uzi Tenenbaum from the 2001 film The Royal Tenenbaums.


In 2006, Japanese singer Kyosuke Himuro covered this song on his album.[3]


  1. ^ Brian Koerber (February 5, 2015). "22 emo songs that helped you through your high-school breakup". 
  2. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  3. ^ Pain by Kyosuke Himuro


Chart Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 93
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
U.K. Singles 38

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Preceded by
"Vertigo" by U2
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
December 4, 2004
Succeeded by
"Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day