What's This Life For

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"What's This Life For"
Single by Creed
from the album My Own Prison
Released June 9, 1998
Format CD
Recorded 1995, The Kitchen Studio, Tallahassee, Florida and Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida
Genre Post-grunge
Length 4:08
Label Wind-Up Records
Writer(s) Scott Stapp
Mark Tremonti
Creed singles chronology
"What's This Life For"

"What's This Life For" is a song by rock band Creed. It is the third single and ninth track off their 1997 debut album, My Own Prison. The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the U.S., becoming their first #1 hit on this chart. It remained on top for six weeks.

Vocalist Scott Stapp and guitarist Mark Tremonti wrote this about one of their friends who had committed suicide. The lyrics deal with the difficulties in finding happiness and meaning in the world. It is the only Creed song to contain a use of profanity. The first half of the word "goddamn" is censored in the Greatest Hits album. "What's This Life For" also appeared in the film Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1998-99) Peak
Canadian RPM Alternative 30 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 10
Preceded by
"The Down Town" by Days of the New
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
September 19, 1998
Succeeded by
"Psycho Circus" by Kiss