The Hell Song

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"The Hell Song"
Single by Sum 41
from the album Does This Look Infected?
Released February 10, 2003
Format CD
Recorded 2002
Genre Punk rock, melodic hardcore, Pop Punk
Length 3:21
Label Aquarius Records (Canada)
Island Records (US)
Sum 41 singles chronology
"Still Waiting"
"The Hell Song"
"Over My Head (Better Off Dead)"

"The Hell Song" is a song recorded by Canadian punk rock group Sum 41. It was released in February 2003 as the second single off the Sum 41 album Does This Look Infected?. The song was featured in the films American Wedding and Punk's Not Dead and in the video game Backyard Wrestling: Don't Try This at Home. On May 29, 2015 "The Hell Song" was certified gold.[1]


Whibley wrote the song after learning that his best friend, a girl he used to date, had contracted HIV.[2] He told Billboard magazine that the song came out in a half an hour after he found out about his friend. "I wasn't even meaning to write about it, but for some reason that just came out right away." Whibley has depicted the event as the heaviest thing that's happened in his group of friends.[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was of a concert with dolls and action figures, with Sum 41's faces on those "performing" in front of a Lite-Brite screen. They were joined with other action figures such as those of Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Ozzy Osbourne with his family, Marilyn Manson, Korn, Metallica, Eddie the Head, Gene Simmons, Spice Girls, Angus Young, Jesus, Tuck Turner Willison, Alice Cooper and Ludacris . The dolls' obscene finger gestures and nudity are comically censored, which parodies real life. The video was directed by Marc Klasfeld.


UK release[edit]

  1. The Hell Song (album version)
  2. The Hell Song (radio edit)

US release[edit]

  1. The Hell Song (No-spit Intro)
  2. The Hell Song (Spit Intro)

Part 1[edit]

  1. "The Hell Song"
  2. "Over My Head (Better Off Dead)" (demo)
  3. "My Direction" (demo)
  4. "The Hell Song" (video)

Part 2[edit]

  1. "The Hell Song" (live)
  2. "Still Waiting" (live)
  3. "Rhthyms" (live)
  4. "The Hell Song" (live) (video)

All live tracks (on this CD) from Sound, London.


A :

  1. "The Hell Song"

B :

  1. "Still Waiting" (Live from Sound, London)


Chart (2003-04) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 76
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 59
UK Singles Chart 35
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 13
Canadian Singles Chart 2


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[4] Golddagger 500,000^

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

dagger Since May 2013 RIAA certifications for digital singles include on-demand audio and/or video song streams in addition to downloads.[5]


  1. ^ 41&format=ALBUM&go=Search&perPage=50
  2. ^ Sum 41 Sober Up On New LP - News Story | Music, Celebrity, Artist News|MTV News
  3. ^ Billboard, November 30, 2002, Vol. 114, No. 48, Page 11.
  4. ^ "American single certifications – Sum 41 – The Hell Song". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  5. ^ "RIAA Adds Digital Streams To Historic Gold & Platinum Awards". Recording Industry Association of America. May 9, 2013. Retrieved May 9, 2013. 

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