Vindicated (song)

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Single by Dashboard Confessional
from the album Music from and Inspired by Spider-Man 2
Released May 31, 2004
Format CD, digital download
Recorded 2003/2004
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:21
Label Vagrant, Interscope
Songwriter(s) Chris Carrabba
Producer(s) Don Gilmore, Gil Norton
Dashboard Confessional singles chronology
"Rapid Hope Loss"
"Don't Wait"

"Vindicated" is a song by Dashboard Confessional released on the 2004 soundtrack for the film Spider-Man 2 as well as on Dashboard Confessional's 2006 album, Dusk and Summer, as a bonus track on some pressings and on deluxe edition versions. Played over the film's end credits, "Vindicated" is the theme for the film.


Initially, a song titled "I Need a Sure Thing" was to be used on the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack; but, after having received a special screening of the film, Carrabba penned "Vindicated" in 10 minutes,[1][2][3] inspired by and reflecting the theme of the film.[4]

"I Need a Sure Thing" has since then been performed during the Dusk and Summer Tour but not thereafter.


"Vindicated" was released to radio on June 1, 2004.[5] "Vindicated" received significant airplay on U.S. alternative rock radio stations in late 2004, peaking at #2 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart. It was held off from the #1 spot by Three Days Grace's "Just Like You".[6]

Track listing[edit]

UK maxi single

  1. "Vindicated" – 3:20
  2. "The Warmth of the Sand" – 4:17
  3. "Hands Down" – 3:07
    Track 3 taken from the So Impossible EP.

Music video[edit]

Directed by Nigel Dick, the music video, through the view of an individual reading a comic book, features the band performing the song in Doctor Octopus' hideout interspersed with scenes from the film.[7]

Chart history[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 46
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 23
U.S. Alternative Songs (Billboard)[10] 2
U.S. Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[11] 32


  1. ^ Valmero A. (2010.) Chris Carrabba shares stories behind Dashboard Confessional's music Archived 2011-12-17 at the Wayback Machine.,
  2. ^ Richardson S. (2004.) Vindication: Emo superhero Chris Carrabba puts a new spin on Spider-Man Archived 2013-04-02 at the Wayback Machine., The Boston Phoenix, 18–24 June.
  3. ^ Segovia J.-A. Q. (2010.) Chris Carrabba knows how to be funny Archived 2013-12-09 at the Wayback Machine., Philippine Daily Inquirer, 29 May.
  4. ^ Dashboard Confessional - Vindicated on YouTube
  5. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Alternative Songs: Top Alternative Songs Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-04. 
  7. ^ Dashboard Confessional - "Vindicated" on YouTube
  8. ^ " – Dashboard Confessional – Vindicated". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  9. ^ " – Dashboard Confessional – Vindicated". Top 40 Singles.
  10. ^ "Dashboard Confessional Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-11-23. 
  11. ^ "Dashboard Confessional Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-11-23. 

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