Soak Up the Sun

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"Soak Up the Sun"
Single by Sheryl Crow
from the album C'mon, C'mon
B-side "You're Not the One (Feat. Stevie Nicks)" "Chances Are"
Released March 25, 2002
Format CD single
Recorded 2001
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:52 (album version)
3:17 (radio edit)
Label A&M
Writer(s) Sheryl Crow, Jeff Trott
Producer(s) Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow singles chronology
"Sweet Child o' Mine"
"Soak Up the Sun"
"Steve McQueen"
Music video
"Soak Up The Sun" at

"Soak Up the Sun" is a song recorded by American artist Sheryl Crow. It was released in March 2002 as the lead single from her 2002 album, C'mon C'mon. The song, which features backing vocals by Liz Phair, peaked at number-one on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart and hit number 5 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart and No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In addition, "Soak Up the Sun" (remixed by noted DJ Victor Calderone) spent one week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in June 2002; to date, this is Crow's only song to top this chart. It reached No. 16 on the UK Singles Chart. This song was used in the feature films Kangaroo Jack, Fuel, and Boyhood.


The lyrics describe first the singer's experience of exclusion from revolutionary leftist organizing, then the alienation she experiences as a laborer in a capitalist, consumer culture. The singer then cynically suggests mental illness may be responsible for humanity's continued participation in these dysfunctional systems.[1]

Music video[edit]

The video directed by Wayne Isham and shot on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii features Crow performing on the beach, as well as various vacationers surfing in the ocean and jumping off a waterfall.

Track listing[edit]

European CD single (Cat No.: 497 688-2)[edit]

  1. "Soak Up the Sun" (radio edit)
  2. "Chances Are"
  3. "You're Not the One" (Feat. Stevie Nicks)
  4. "Soak Up the Sun" (album version)

UK CD single No. 1 (Cat No.: 497 704-2)[edit]

  1. "Soak Up the Sun" (radio edit)
  2. "Chances Are" (non LP track)
  3. "You're Not the One" (non LP track; Feat. and Written by Stevie Nicks)
  4. "Soak Up the Sun" (video)

UK CD single No. 2 (Cat. No.: 497 705-2)[edit]

  1. "Soak Up the Sun" (album version)
  2. "My Favorite Mistake" (live version)
  3. "A Change Would Do You Good" (live version)
  4. CD-ROM Segment, including preview of new album

CD remixes single (Cat. No.: 497 721-2)[edit]

  1. "Soak Up the Sun" - album version
  2. "Soak Up the Sun" - Sunsweep radio mix
  3. "Soak Up the Sun" - Sunsweep club mix
  4. "Soak Up the Sun" - Sunsweep dub
  5. "Soak Up the Sun" - Sunsweep Ultimix
  6. "Soak Up the Sun" - Ultimix

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2002–03) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart 1
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan) 1
France (SNEP) 5
Netherlands (Mega Top 100) 7
New Zealand (RIANZ) 1
Poland (ZPAV)[2] 4
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[3] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[4] 1
US Billboard Adult Top 40 1
US Billboard Hot 100 17[5]
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 5
US Billboard Pop Songs 1
US Billboard (Adult Alternative Songs) 1


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  2. ^,187_soak_up_the_sun.aspx
  3. ^ "Romanian peak". 2004-12-25. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 66. 
  5. ^ "Romanian peak". 2002-06-20. Retrieved 2016-01-05. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"They Say Vision" by Res
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
June 1, 2002
Succeeded by
"Days Go By" by Dirty Vegas