Vindicated (song)

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Single by Dashboard Confessional
from the album Music from and Inspired by Spider-Man 2 and Dusk and Summer
Released May 31, 2004
Format CDS
Digital download
Recorded 2003/2004
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:21
Label Vagrant/Interscope
Writer(s) Chris Carrabba
Producer(s) Don Gilmore and 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" received significant airplay on U.S. alternative rock radio stations in late 2004, peaking at #2 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart held off by the #1 spot from Three Days Grace's "Just Like You".

Track listing[edit]

UK Maxi Single

  1. "Vindicated" 3:20
  2. "The Warmth of the Sand" 4:17
  3. "Hands Down" 3:07
    • This version is the acoustic one 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.[5]

Chart history[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 46
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 23
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 2
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 32


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