Sound of Madness

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"Sound of Madness"
A broke-down piano in a dirty room filled with debris.
Single by Shinedown
from the album The Sound of Madness
  • February 23, 2009 (Europe)
  • February 20, 2009 (US) (rock radio only)
Producer(s)Rob Cavallo
Shinedown singles chronology
"Second Chance"
"Sound of Madness"
"If You Only Knew"
Music video
"Sound of Madness" on YouTube

"Sound of Madness" is a single by American rock band Shinedown from their 2008 album The Sound of Madness and is also the album's title track, despite the exclusion of the word "the" in the song's title. The song was chosen to be the title track after some road testing on a short run of dates.[1] It was released on February 23, 2009 in Europe.[2] As of June 20, 2009, the song has peaked at No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, making it their third straight single to reach the top spot on the chart. This makes Shinedown the only band to have their first 10 singles all reach the top five on the Mainstream Rock chart. It also reached No. 5 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart, making it the band's fourth top ten hit and third top five hit.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single
1."Sound of Madness" (album version)3:53
2."Call Me" (Warner Germany acoustic session)6:15
3."Sound of Madness" (Warner Germany acoustic session)4:13


Chart (2009) Peak
Canada Rock (Billboard)[3] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 85
US Hot Rock & Alternative Songs (Billboard)[5] 2


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[6] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Sound of Madness Songfacts
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-06. Retrieved 2012-03-10.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Shinedown Chart History (Canada Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  4. ^ "Shinedown Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  5. ^ "Shinedown Chart History (Hot Rock & Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  6. ^ "American single certifications – Shinedown – Sound of Madness". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 30 July 2020. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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