Pain (Three Days Grace song)

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Single by Three Days Grace
from the album One-X
Released November 7, 2006
June 3, 2008 (pop radio)
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Post-grunge
Length 3:22
Label Jive
Three Days Grace singles chronology
"Animal I Have Become"
"Never Too Late"
"Animal I Have Become"
"Never Too Late"

"Pain" is the second single from rock band Three Days Grace's 2006 album, One-X.


According to former vocalist Adam Gontier, "Pain" is "a song about feeling like you're constantly numb to things around you, thanks to your own actions, and it's about being sick of that feeling."[1]

Chart performance[edit]

"Pain" has become the band's biggest hit to date. It reached number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for four consecutive weeks, becoming their biggest hit on that chart to date[citation needed] but it stayed on the chart for 30 weeks where the prior single Animal I Have Become and next single, Never Too Late stayed longer on the chart at 41 weeks and 43 weeks respectively. On the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, it reached number one and stayed there for thirteen consecutive weeks. It also hit number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their first single to chart in the top 50 of the Hot 100 and their highest charting single to date.[2]

"Pain" also held the number one spot on many Canadian rock stations for weeks, and was the most-requested song ten weeks in a row. It also reached number one on the MuchMusic Countdown.[citation needed]

The song was featured on episodes of Criminal Minds, CSI: NY, and Ghost Whisperer, and is a playable song on the music video game Rock Revolution & Rock Band 3.

"Pain" was re-released to pop radio on June 3, 2008.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Tony Petrossian, features the band playing the song in what looks to be an abandoned mansion, and it also features shots of troubled youths who are lip-syncing to the song. At the end of the song, everyone (youths and the band members alike) is shown to be tattooed with a red "X" on the back of their necks.

Pain EP[edit]

The "Pain" EP is a digital exclusive. It features the main version of "Pain" along with stripped acoustic versions of both "Pain" and "Animal I Have Become".

  1. "Pain" 3:22
  2. "Pain (Stripped Acoustic Version)" 3:18
  3. "Animal I Have Become (Stripped Acoustic Version)" 3:44


There are currently three versions of the song "Pain", two of which are being played on radio stations - the original album version and an acoustic version. The acoustic version of "Pain" and "Animal I Have Become" are both available for download on most online music stores including iTunes. The third version runs 3:28 long and is titled "Pain (Pleasure Mix)". The intro and verse both contain a 12 string guitar, giving the song extra depth.



Chart (2006) Peak
Billboard Hot 100 44
Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 1
Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
Canadian Hot 100 52


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[3] Gold 40,000[4]
United States (RIAA)[5] Platinum 1,000,000[6]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


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Preceded by
"Snow ((Hey Oh))" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
March 3, 2007 – March 24, 2007
Succeeded by
"From Yesterday" by Thirty Seconds to Mars
Preceded by
"The Pot" by Tool
Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
December 23, 2006 – March 17, 2007
Succeeded by
"Breath" by Breaking Benjamin