Second Chance (Shinedown song)

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"Second Chance"
Single by Shinedown
from the album The Sound of Madness
Released September 9, 2008
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Alternative rock, hard rock, post-grunge
Length 3:40
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Brent Smith, Dave Bassett
Producer(s) Rob Cavallo
Certification 3x Platinum (RIAA)
Shinedown singles chronology
"Second Chance"
"Sound of Madness"

"Second Chance" is a song by American hard rock band Shinedown and the second single from their 2008 album, The Sound of Madness; however, the song is not included on the UK release of the album. It was released on September 9, 2008 and has become Shinedown's most successful single.

The song has been used in promotion for the second season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and the 2008 WWE Tribute to the Troops show. In May 2009, "Second Chance" was used in a promo regarding the return of character Michael Corinthos on ABC's daytime drama General Hospital. It was released on DLC as part of a 3-song pack on Guitar Hero 5 and also for Rock Band 3.

"Second Chance", along with Taylor Swift's "Love Story", was one of two number one songs played by Casey Kasem on the last weekend of his radio career. "Second Chance" was the final #1 on Kasem's American Top 20, his hot adult contemporary countdown show that aired its finale on July 4/5, 2009. ("Love Story" held that distinction on its sister program, the adult contemporary American Top 10.)

Two versions of the song exist -- a rock version, which is the album version, and a pop version (notably played on Sirius XM Radio's Adult Top 40-formatted The Pulse satellite radio channel), which is a remix, although the harder guitars start in the second verse in the song rather than at the second half of the first verse.

Song meaning / music video[edit]

At Pointfest 22, lead singer Brent Smith told the audience;[1]

"It's important for you to hear this... When I grew up, everyone was okay with being in a bubble. They were cool in their circle. That's fine. But no one should discourage someone if they have a dream, if they want something more [...] This song was difficult for me to write the lyrics to because it's about my mother and my father, and about the day I said goodbye to them, because I had to go try, and I'm still trying, every day, to become a man. So, this song is about that. It's about the moment that you wake up and you decide you want to go for every single dream you ever want."

— Brent Smith, Pointfest 22

The official music video for the song premiered on January 8, 2009 on MSN Music. It starts with a teenage girl sitting on a bench at night, and lead singer Brent Smith in the background. It shows that she has a job helping a fisherman. She also has a boyfriend. She aspires to be a ballerina, and wants to go to a dance school. She is seen dancing in her garage a few times in the music video. However, her family is somewhat dysfunctional, with her parents shown fighting all the time. She looks out for her younger brother, and often takes care of him. When she asks her mother for permission to go to the school one day, her mother immediately refuses, showing her bills, and shouting at her. The girl thinks about all the things in her life that make her happy, and decides to run away to attend the school. She leaves a note for her parents, and she looks in on her younger brother asleep, before leaving the house. She then goes to the bench where the music video began, bringing the music video to full circle. When her parents read the note, it makes them realize that they didn't make the best choices in raising her, but they have a second chance by choosing to let her go.

Lead singer, Brent Smith, is shown singing alone on a hill throughout the video, and the girl is shown practicing her dancing in the garage frequently. At the end of the video, the girl gets on a bus, where Brent Smith and the other members of the band are riding on as well.

The video was shot on Anna Maria Island on the Gulf Coast of Florida. It was shot at various locations on the Island, including Periwinkle Plaza in Anna Maria, the Silver Surf resort in Bradenton Beach and the Star Fish Company in Cortez. The video stars a couple of local people; the girl is played by Alanna Massey, of nearby Parrish FL, and the little brother is William Bernet who lives across the street from Corky and Brenda Parker’s house whose home is featured as the girl's home in the video.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"Second Chance" is, by far, Shinedown's biggest hit to date. It has reached No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks, Hot Modern Rock Tracks, and Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks charts (their first No. 1 on this chart), making it the band's first song to top multiple charts and the third song to top all three of those particular charts. The first was "One Headlight" by The Wallflowers, which accomplished the feat when it topped the Adult Top 40 on May 24, 1997. Eight years later, "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day became the second when it hit the Adult Top 40 top spot on February 26, 2005 while holding the top spot on both the Modern and Mainstream Rock charts as well. "Second Chance" joined that group when it hit the Adult Top 40 #1 on June 20, 2009.

On the Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at No. 7, making it not only their first (and, to date, only) top-40 single to date ("I Dare You" was their first Hot 100 single in 2006), but also their first top-10 single. It's also their debut single on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, debuting at No. 29. On Mainstream Top 40 radio, the song has done exceptionally well for a rock song, peaking within the top three there at No. 3. It is their first charting single on the Canadian Hot 100 as well, so far peaking at No. 32.

Overall, "Second Chance" is Shinedown's third of six singles to top the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart to date, having spent 10 weeks at No. 1 beginning December 27, 2008. On the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, it is their only No. 1 single to date, having spent three non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 beginning February 14, 2009. It was also their only No. 1 single to date on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart having spent 7 consecutive weeks at No. 1 beginning June 20, 2009 which is 3 weeks less than the song's stay on the Mainstream Rock chart and 4 weeks longer than the song's stay on the Modern Rock chart. It charted poorly on the Rock Songs chart at No. 8 since the song came out and already had success before the chart came out on June 20, 2009. It has stated that if the chart came out before the song or song came out later, it would've also hit No. 1 or at least hit the Top 5 on the chart.

On March 29, 2009, "Second Chance" debuted at No. 20 on the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown, becoming their first video to ever debut on the show, and on May 16, "Second Chance" hit No. 1; Smith & Kerch, the guests on the show at the time, introduced it themselves. It was later No. 1 a second time on June 20.

"Second Chance" is also the band's first and only song to chart internationally, reaching No. 19 thus far on the Australian ARIA Charts, and No. 32 on the New Zealand RIANZ charts. It has also charted at No. 53 on the German Singles Chart. In Austria the song has reached the top twenty at No. 13.

"Second Chance" is also notable for being the final song the legendary disc jockey Casey Kasem played before signing off the air for the final time.

"Second Chance" was one of the final post-grunge songs to hit the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. Since then, the only acts to achieve such success were Nickelback and Daughtry, who both have frequent crossover success, and Breaking Benjamin, whose "I Will Not Bow" barely reached the top 40 on the strength of downloads.

In addition to chart success, "Second Chance" has been certified Platinum by the RIAA – Shinedown's first single to achieve any certification.[3]

"Second Chance" has since been certified 3x platinum by the RIAA.


Chart (2008-09) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[4] 19
Austrian Singles Chart[4] 13
Canadian Hot 100[5] 29
Dutch Top 40[6] 31
German Singles Chart[4] 53
New Zealand Singles Chart 32
UK Singles Chart[7] 74
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 7
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40[9] 1
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks[10] 1
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[11] 1
U.S. Billboard Rock Songs 8
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[12] 16
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40[13] 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Charts (2009) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 26[14]


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[15] Gold 35,000^
United States (RIAA)[16] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

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


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  2. ^ "The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper :: Anna Maria Island News :: Local News Coverage of Anna Maria Island". 2008-12-10. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  3. ^ "RIAA Gold and Platinum Search - "Second Chance"". RIAA. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
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  5. ^ "Canadian Hot 100". Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  6. ^ "Top 40". Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  7. ^ "SHINEDOWN | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  8. ^ "Top 100 Music Hits, Top 100 Music Charts, Top 100 Songs & The Hot 100". Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
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  13. ^ "Pop Songs". Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  14. ^ "Year End Charts - Year-end songs - The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved November 7, 2010. 
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2009 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 22, 2015. 
  16. ^ "American single certifications – Shinedown – Second Chance". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 22, 2015.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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Preceded by
"I Don't Care" by Apocalyptica featuring Adam Gontier
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
December 27, 2008 - February 28, 2009
Succeeded by
"Something in Your Mouth" by Nickelback
Preceded by
"Sex on Fire" by Kings of Leon
"Love Hurts" by Incubus
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
February 14, 2009
February 28, 2009 - March 7, 2009
Succeeded by
"Love Hurts" by Incubus
Preceded by
"You Found Me" by The Fray
Billboard Adult Top 40 number-one single
June 20, 2009 - August 1, 2009
Succeeded by
"Her Diamonds" by Rob Thomas