Sex and Candy

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"Sex and Candy"
Single by Marcy Playground
from the album Marcy Playground
Released November 4, 1997 (1997-11-04)
Format CD
Recorded 1996
Genre Grunge, alternative rock
Length 2:52
Label EMI
Songwriter(s) John Wozniak
  • Jared Kotler
  • Jim Sabella
  • Kenny Gioia
Marcy Playground singles chronology
"Sex and Candy"
"Saint Joe on the School Bus"

"Sex and Candy" is a song released by American alternative rock group Marcy Playground. It was released in November 1997 as the lead single from their self-titled debut album. The band's breakthrough single, it is one of the best known songs created by the group.

The song was written by John Wozniak, executive produced by Jeff J. White, produced by Jared Kotler and engineered by Kenny Gioia and Bill Seasack. Both the drums and bass were performed by Jared Kotler. Guitar and vocals were performed by Wozniak.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sex and Candy" - 2:54
  2. "The Angel of the Forever Sleep" - 4:53
  3. "Memphis" - 2:37
  • Tracks 2 and 3 were previously unreleased.

Chart performance[edit]

"Sex and Candy" spent a then-record 15 weeks at number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart (beating Oasis' 10-week run at #1 with "Wonderwall" in 1995). The song was also the band's only major hit, peaking at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Critical reception[edit]

The song was generally well-received, with AllMusic commenting that "songs like 'Sex and Candy' capture the band at their best, turning out hard-edged, melodic pop songs with strong hooks and backbeats."[1] Rolling Stone gave the song a less enthusiastic review, calling it "an unappetizing artificial-sweetener marriage of down-tempo Nirvana chords and greasy Dave Matthews frat-minstrel sensitivity concerning a sad sack strung out on hippie lingo ('Dig it,' 'Yeah, mama') and caffeine."[2]


Maroon 5 made a slowed-down cover of the song that was released on the deluxe edition of their album V.[3]
John Craigie did a version of the song on his 90s cover album Leave the Fire Behind [4]

Keller Williams & The Keels did a bluegrass cover of the song on their album Thief. Unions a band made a cover of the song which is heard on the TV show Pretty Little" Liars

Chart positions[edit]

Preceded by
"Everything to Everyone" by Everclear
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
December 27, 1997 – April 4, 1998
Succeeded by
"The Way" by Fastball
Preceded by
"Given to Fly" by Pearl Jam
Canadian RPM Rock/Alternative 30 number-one single
February 23 – April 6, 1998 (first run)
April 20, 1998 (second run)
Succeeded by
"I Will Buy You a New Life" by Everclear
"The Way" by Fastball


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  8. ^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 66, No. 22, February 23, 1998". RPM. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
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  12. ^ "Marcy Playground – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Marcy Playground. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  13. ^ "Marcy Playground – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Marcy Playground. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  14. ^ "Marcy Playground – Chart History: Mainstream Rock Tracks". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 5, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Marcy Playground – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Marcy Playground. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  16. ^ "Marcy Playground – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Marcy Playground. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  17. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  18. ^ "Rock/Alternative - Volume 68, No. 12, December 14, 1998". RPM. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 

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