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
ReleasedFebruary 23, 2009
GenreHeavy metal[1]
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.[2] It was released on February 23, 2009, in Europe.[3] The song 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 made 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


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
Canada Rock (Billboard)[4] 13
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 85
US Hot Rock & Alternative Songs (Billboard)[6] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[7] 8


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[8] Platinum 80,000
United States (RIAA)[9] Platinum 1,000,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "10 Best Shinedown Songs". Loudwire. January 10, 2013. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
  2. ^ "Sound of Madness by Shinedown". Songfacts.
  3. ^ "Shinedown release Single 'Sound of Madness' on 23rd February". AltSounds. January 14, 2009. Archived from the original on May 6, 2009. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  4. ^ "Shinedown Chart History (Canada Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  5. ^ "Shinedown Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  6. ^ "Shinedown Chart History (Hot Rock & Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  7. ^ "Hot Rock Songs – Year-End 2009". Billboard. Retrieved January 26, 2022.
  8. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Shinedown – Sound of Madness". Music Canada. Retrieved November 6, 2023.
  9. ^ "American single certifications – Shinedown – Sound of Madness". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 30, 2020.