Stray Heart

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"Stray Heart"
Green Day - Stray Heart cover.jpg
Single by Green Day
from the album ¡Dos!
Released October 15, 2012 (2012-10-15)
Recorded February 14–June 26, 2012 at Jingletown Studios in Oakland, California
Length 3:44
Green Day singles chronology
"Let Yourself Go"
"Stray Heart"

"Let Yourself Go"
"Stray Heart"

"Stray Heart" is a song by American punk rock band Green Day. The song was recorded by the band for their tenth studio album, ¡Dos!. It was released as the only single from the album in Europe and Australia on October 15, 2012. It is also the fourth single from the ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! & ¡Tré! trilogy. The song is swapped on the vinyl version of the band's eleventh album ¡Tré! with the song "Drama Queen", due to the vinyls being printed before the switch.

The single was certified gold by the Federation of the Italian Music Industry for downloads exceeding 15,000 units in Italy.[1]

Background and release[edit]

"Stray Heart" premiered on Idiot Club, Green Day's official fan club, on October 8, 2012 and premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on the same day.[2] It was then released as the album's lead single on October 15 in the UK.[3] On October 18, it was announced on Idiot Club that fans could go to downtown LA to appear in the music video for the song on October 19.

"Stray Heart" was also played by Foxboro Hot Tubs as both a warm up song and a practice song.

Theme and composition[edit]

"Stray Heart" blends the pop punk sound of Green Day with the garage rock sound of their side project Foxboro Hot Tubs.[2][4]

The song has been described as "an amped-up Motown bounce recalling Britpop progenitors The Jam's classic "A Town Called Malice", but with speaker-bursting modern-rock dynamics".[5]

Music video[edit]

On November 7, 2012, a music video for "Stray Heart" was released. The video starts with a man (Alex Knox) looking for records at a record store and buying some Green Day vinyl including ¡Uno!, ¡Dos! and ¡Tré!, but as he gives the records to his girlfriend (Leven Rambin), she sees a hole in his chest where his heart should be, and she slams the door on him. As the man is walking down the street, he gets strange reactions and sees trails of blood on the pavements. He follows the trail and chases the heart around the town, where he finally gets to it outside the girl's apartment, where she throws the records back at him.[6] The video was directed by Robert Schober (aka RoboSchobo).[7]


The artwork of "Stray Heart" features a white background with little black dots at the sides, "Green Day" and "Stray Heart" are written in black, capital, also uses the same font. "Green Day" is placed at the top, and "Stray Heart" is written below where "Green Day is written." Pink lip stain is shown at the right side, below the lips shows bones crossed in an X-form and colored in black.

Critical reception[edit]

Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone rated the song a three and a half out five stars, commenting "It's not their most high-concept experiment, but it's a pretty fun one".[8]

Credits and Personnel[edit]

  • Songwriting: Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Tré Cool
  • Production: Rob Cavallo, Green Day

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2012–13) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[9] 20
Israel (Media Forest)[10] 8
Italy (Musica e dischi)[11] 35
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[12] 10
South Korea (Gaon Chart)[13] 23
UK Rock (Official Charts Company)[14] 16


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Italy (FIMI)[15] Gold 15,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Italian single certifications – Green Day" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Green Day: New Single 'Stray Heart' Released | News @". Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  3. ^ "iTunes - Music - Stray Heart - Single by Green Day". 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  4. ^ "Green Day Album Trilogy Continues With Release Of '¡Dos!' And New Single 'Stray Heart' - Stereoboard UK". 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  5. ^ Hogan, Marc (2012-10-09). "Green Day Unveil 'Dos' Track List: Hear Britpoppy 'Stray Heart' | SPIN | Newswire". SPIN. Retrieved 2012-10-25. 
  6. ^ "Green Day Display 'Stray Heart' in Latest Video". 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  7. ^ "Green Day, 'Stray Heart' – New Video". 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2013-04-26. .
  8. ^ Jon Dolan (2012-10-28). "Stray Heart | Song Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-11-01. 
  9. ^ "2012-11-18 Green Day Ultratip Discography". Ultratop. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  10. ^ "Green Day – Stray Heart Media Forest". Israeli Airplay Chart. Media Forest.
  11. ^ "Musica&Dischi Italian Singles Chart Top 50" (in Italian). Musica & Dischi. January 30, 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-02-03. Retrieved 2013-02-03. 
  12. ^ "Green Day Chart History (Japan Hot 100)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "South Korea Gaon International Chart (Week: October 28, 2012 to November 3, 2012)". Gaon Chart. 
  14. ^ "2012-11-24 Top 40 Rock & Metal Singles Archive". Official Charts. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  15. ^ "Italian single certifications – Green Day – Stray Heart" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved July 26, 2018. 

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