What I Got

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"What I Got"
WhatIGot.jpg
Single by Sublime
from the album Sublime
ReleasedAugust 27, 1996
Recorded1996 at Pedernales Studio in Austin, Texas (U.S.) & Total Access Recording in Redondo Beach, California (U.S.)
Length2:51
LabelMCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)David Kahne
Sublime singles chronology
"Date Rape"
(1991)
"What I Got"
(1996)
"Santeria"
(1997)

"What I Got" is a song from Sublime's eponymous third album titled Sublime and was the band's biggest radio hit, posthumously after singer Bradley Nowell's death in 1996 from a heroin overdose. It was the second single to be released by the band, following "Date Rape" (1991). The song was one of the most popular singles of 1997 in the United States, reaching the number-one spot on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. It was also a radio hit, peaking at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay. In New Zealand, "What I Got" peaked at number 34 on the RIANZ Singles Chart; What I Got: The Seven Song EP was slightly more successful, reaching number 33 on the same chart. The song also reached number two on the Canadian RPM Alternative 30 chart and number 71 in the United Kingdom.

"What I Got" is ranked among the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone at number 83.[1] The song's melody is similar to The Beatles' "Lady Madonna".[2][3]

Music video[edit]

The video for "What I Got", shot after Nowell's death, mainly contains a collage of archive videos and photos of Bradley, as a tribute to the singer. The video includes images of Long Beach, CA, where the band met their success, as well as live footage from a Sublime show at The Capitol Ballroom in Washington, DC.

Track listing[edit]

What I Got: The Seven Song EP

  1. "What I Got" (Kahne radio edit) (2:47)
  2. "40 oz. to Freedom" (3:03)
  3. "D.J.s" (3:18)
  4. "All You Need" (2:46)
  5. "Same in the End" (2:39)
  6. "Work That We Do" (2:35)
  7. "Doin' Time" (Marshall arts remix) feat. the Pharcyde (4:12)

Charts[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The song is featured in Saints Row: The Third, during a mission in where the main character and Pierce sing along to the lyrics. It also featured on Dave Mirra's freestyle BMX.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
  2. ^ Sublime STP http://sublimestp.com/?page=pages/sublimewis#2
  3. ^ Marah Eakin (July 23, 2014). "Jonah Ray on his intense, burning hatred for Sublime's "What I Got"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 15, 2017.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 9821." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  5. ^ "Charts.nz – Sublime – What I Got". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  6. ^ "Charts.nz – Sublime – What I Got - The 7 Song EP". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  7. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  9. ^ Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 7th Ed 2000, by Joel Whitburn. p. 611
  10. ^ "RPM Year End Alternative Top 50". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved February 25, 2019.

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