Walkin' on the Sun

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"Walkin' on the Sun"
Walkin' on the Sun (Europe Single).jpg
European single cover
Single by Smash Mouth
from the album Fush Yu Mang
A-side "Walkin' on the Sun"
B-side
  • "Sorry About Your Penis"
  • "Dear Inez"
  • "Push"
Released July 18, 1997
Format , 7", CD Single
Recorded 1996
Genre
Length 3:25
Label
Songwriter(s) Greg Camp
Producer(s)
Smash Mouth singles chronology
"Walkin' on the Sun"
(1997)
"Why Can't We Be Friends?"
(1997)

"Walkin' on the Sun"
(1997)
"Why Can't We Be Friends?"
(1997)
Music video
"Walkin' on the Sun" on YouTube

"Walkin' on the Sun" is the debut single by American rock band Smash Mouth, from the album Fush Yu Mang. Released in July 1997, it was Smash Mouth's first major single, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay singles chart.[3]

Music[edit]

It is written in the key of A-flat minor (G-sharp minor).[4]

Lyrical theme[edit]

Smash Mouth guitarist Greg Camp said about "Walkin' on the Sun":

"It was written during the whole Rodney King thing. The song was basically a social and racial battle cry. It was a sort of "Can't we all get along?" song for the time when I wrote it. It was just about all the things that were going on around me as a young person. And I'm, like, God, what is going on? I don't understand why this is happening. It's like we might as well be walking around a planet on fire. And that's how it came about."[5]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download
  1. "Walkin' on the Sun" – 3:25
  1. "Walkin' on the Sun" – 3:28
  2. "Sorry About Your Penis" – 1:26
  3. "Dear Inez" – 2:53
  4. "Push" – 2:52
  5. "Walkin' on the Sun" (Love Attack Mix) – 5:38
  6. "Walkin' on the Sun" (Phat 'N' Phunky Sunstroke Club) – 6:40
  • European Maxi Single[7]
  1. "Walkin' on the Sun" – 3:25
  2. "Sorry About Your Penis" – 1:23
  3. "Dear Inez" – 2:50
  4. "Push" – 2:49
  • Dave Aude Club Remix Single
  1. "Walkin' on the Sun" (Dave Aude Club Remix) - 4:29

Chart positions[edit]

Use in media[edit]

The song is a playable track in the video game Rock Band 3.[16] The song was also featured in the television film Shredderman Rules (2007).[17] This song was also featured in the television series ER, during the opening scene of Season 4 Episode 13 "Carter's Choice", when Dr. Carter was arriving at work in the snow.[18]The song was also featured at the beginning of the film Made of Honor (2008).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lamb, Bill. "The Top 10 Best Pop Songs of 1997". ThoughtCo. Retrieved April 6, 2018. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Fush Yu Mang – Smash Mouth". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Radio Songs". Billboard.com. 1997-12-27. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  4. ^ Smash Mouth "Walkin' on the Sun" Sheet Music. musicnotes.
  5. ^ Wiser, Carl (January 11, 2017). "Smash Mouth Songwriter Greg Camp". Songfacts. Retrieved April 6, 2018. 
  6. ^ Artist Direct - http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/store/artist/album/0,,375024,00.html
  7. ^ Discogs - http://www.discogs.com/Smash-Mouth-Walkin-On-The-Sun/release/3253088
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Smash Mouth – Walkin' on the Sun". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  9. ^ "Musicline.de – Smash Mouth Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  10. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: P". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Smash Mouth – Walkin' on the Sun" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  12. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Smash Mouth – Walkin' on the Sun". Top 40 Singles.
  13. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (7 March 1998). "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. – via Google Books. 
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Smash Mouth – Walkin' on the Sun". Singles Top 100.
  15. ^ "RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1997". RPM. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 
  16. ^ "This is the full 83-track Rock Band 3 setlist". Engadget. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  17. ^ "Shredderman Rules (TV Movie 2007) - Soundtrack". IMDB. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "Music from ER S4E13". Tunefind. 

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