Too Bad

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This article is about the Nickelback single. For the Black Uhuru album, see Too Bad (album).
For a definition of the phrase "too bad", see the Wiktionary entry too bad.
"Too Bad"
Nickelback - Too Bad - CD cover.jpg
Single by Nickelback
from the album Silver Side Up
B-side "Yanking Out My Heart" "Learn the Hard Way"
Released February 26, 2002 (U.S.)
Format CD
Recorded June 2001 at Greenhouse Studios, Burnaby, British Columbia
Genre Post-grunge, alternative metal
Length 3:52
Label Roadrunner
Nickelback singles chronology
"How You Remind Me"
"Too Bad"
"Never Again"
Music video
"Too Bad" on YouTube

"Too Bad" is a single by Canadian rock band Nickelback, the second one from their 2001 album, Silver Side Up. The single was released in late 2001. It peaked at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

Song meaning[edit]

The lyrics were written by the band's singer and guitarist Chad Kroeger and deals with the issues he felt growing up without his father, who abandoned him at age two.[1]

Music video[edit]

A music video was made for the song showing the band playing in the "Woodley Sawmill". A picture of the father and his son standing next to a truck is shown. The father leaves his family and his son seems to be the most impacted. After years pass, he and his mother get into a fight ending with him leaving. He speeds down a dirt road where several flashbacks appear and distracted he crashes into a wooden post, breaking his leg. The music stops for a moment when his father receives a phone call telling him about the accident, then starts again. He is brought back to his house, where he sees his father sitting at the table, and the two walk out to the father's truck. The song ends with the picture shown at the beginning of the video shown again.

Track listing[edit]

CD Single

  1. "Too Bad" (Album Version) - 3:53
  2. "How You Remind Me" (Live) (Cold at the Chapel) - 4:15
  3. "Learn the Hard Way" - 2:55
  1. "Too Bad" (Diggla Mix) - 3:29
  2. "Yanking Out My Heart" - 3:34
  3. "Learn the Hard Way" - 2:54
UK Cassette Single
  1. "Too Bad" (Diggla Mix) - 3:29
  2. "How You Remind Me" (Live) - 5:48



Chart (2002) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 56
Austrian Singles Chart 26
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 23
Brazil (ABPD)[2] 62
Italy (FIMI) 50
Ireland (IRMA) 6
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 16
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[3] 100
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 16
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 9
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 42
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40 23
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 6
Preceded by
"Blurry" by Puddle of Mudd
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
May 4 – 11, 2002
Succeeded by
"I Stand Alone" by Godsmack


  1. ^ "CNN Music Room interview with Nickelback". CNN. 2002-06-21. Retrieved 2009-08-14. 
  2. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ Romanian peak at the Wayback Machine (archived December 25, 2004)

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