Time Is Running Out (Muse song)

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"Time Is Running Out"
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Single by Muse
from the album Absolution
B-side "The Groove" (7", CD)
Released 8 September 2003
Length 3:56
Label East West
Writer(s) Muse
Muse singles chronology
"Stockholm Syndrome"
"Time Is Running Out"
Absolution track listing
"Apocalypse Please"
"Time Is Running Out"
"Sing for Absolution"
DVD single cover art
HAARP track listing
"Time Is Running Out"
"New Born"

"Time Is Running Out" is a song by the English alternative rock band Muse. It is the third track on their third studio album, Absolution. The song was released as the lead single from the album on 8 September 2003 in the United Kingdom and other countries. It was also the band's first Top 10 hit in the UK, peaking at number eight, besting the number eleven peak of "Plug In Baby".

The single was also later released in the United States on 6 April 2004. It proved to be the band's breakthrough hit on alternative rock radio in the country - hitting number nine on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Music video[edit]

The video, directed by John Hillcoat, depicts a number of military officials seated at a round table performing actions simultaneously, moving to the beat of the song, as Muse play the song on the table, with the officials apparently oblivious to Muse's presence. Eventually, the officers begin to start dancing on the table, seeming to go insane. They eventually end up crawling. It is partially based on Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.


Track listings[edit]

  • UK 7", UK/Japanese/French CD
  1. "Time Is Running Out" - 3:56
  2. "The Groove" - 2:38
  3. "Stockholm Syndrome" (video) - 4:59 (CD versions only)
  • UK DVD
  1. "Time Is Running Out" - 3:56
  2. "Time Is Running Out" (video) - 3:58
  3. "Time Is Running Out" (making of video) - 2:00

Charts and certifications[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (2003/2004) Peak
France (SNEP)[4] 58
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 90
Italy (FIMI)[6] 14
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 38
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 38
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[9] 8
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[10] 9


Region Certification
Italy (FIMI)[11] Gold
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Silver
United States (RIAA)[13] Gold

Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 2003-09-08 East West Records 7" EW272 / 5050466854872
CD EW272CD / 5050466854926
DVD EW272DVD / 5050466855053
Australia Taste Media CD 5050466896926
France Taste Media, Naive CD NV50121 / 3298490501214
Japan Taste Media CD CTCM-65044 / 4945817650443


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  9. ^ MUSE | Artist | Official Charts
  10. ^ "Muse – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Muse.
  11. ^ "Italian single certifications – Muse – Time Is Running Out" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 28 July 2014.  Select Online in the field Sezione. Enter Muse in the field Filtra. The certification will load automatically
  12. ^ "British single certifications – Muse – Time Is Running Out". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 April 2015.  Enter Time Is Running Out in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  13. ^ "American single certifications – Muse – Time Is Running Out". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 10 March 2015.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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