When Your Heart Stops Beating (song)

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"When Your Heart Stops Beating"
When your heart stops beating.jpg
Single by +44
from the album When Your Heart Stops Beating
Released November 14, 2006
Format CD, 7"
Recorded 2005–2006
Opra Music
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Pop punk,[1] alternative rock, new wave, power pop, emo-pop
Length 3:14
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker
Producer(s) Mark Hoppus, Travis Barker, Jerry Finn (co-producer)
+44 singles chronology
"When Your Heart Stops Beating"
"Baby Come On"
Australian Cover
The cover of the Australian single.

"When Your Heart Stops Beating" is a song by American rock band +44, released on November 14, 2006 as the third single from the group's debut studio album, When Your Heart Stops Beating (2006). "When Your Heart Stops Beating" was released to radio on October 3, 2006.[2] The song was the only single from the album to chart, peaking at number 14 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.


The title track, "When Your Heart Stops Beating", features "snotty, mid-range British-sounding Telecasters" and was inspired by the story of Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen — "you love your lady and outside of that, fuck everything else," according to Hoppus.[3] Barker built the song around the driving bass drum beat: "I kind of approached it like a rock steady or like an old like four on the floor ska song, but played more like a rock drummer, like if a rock drummer was accidentally playing that stuff [...] It was kind of new wave and I felt like it needed a driving four on the floor."[4] The track's percussion has been compared to that of Police drummer Stewart Copeland.[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "When Your Heart Stops Beating" was shot on September 9, 2006 in Los Angeles and directed by Liz Friedlander and Sheli Jury.[5] +44 put out an open casting call for the group's fans to appear in the video.[6] The video is a "pretty stock shoot of a group playing in an abandoned warehouse whilst all around people dance and couples are seen arguing."[5]

The band embarked on a promotional tour of the United Kingdom in late 2006; Barker was in constant pain but soldiered through the performances, altering his kit set-up to accommodate.[5] "He is now using his left foot as his right arm, Def Leppard style," confirmed Hoppus.[5] A doctor informed Barker he had broken a bone in his arm during the band's video shoot and was instructed to immediately rest and not take part in the band's upcoming live dates, including early 2007 jaunts to Australia and Europe.[5] Barker nevertheless took part, but after an excruciating Amsterdam gig, the band drafted Gil Sharone, then of The Dillinger Escape Plan, to fill-in for him.[7]

Format and track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Mark Hoppus, all music composed by +44.

CD 1
  1. "When Your Heart Stops Beating" – 3:14
  2. "When Your Heart Stops Beating" (Electronic Remix) – 3:22
  3. "145" – 3:40
CD 2
  1. "When Your Heart Stops Beating" – 3:14
  2. "Baby Come On" (AOL Sessions) – 2:47
CD promo
  1. "When Your Heart Stops Beating" – 3:14
7" picture disc
  1. "When Your Heart Stops Beating" – 3:14
  2. "When Your Heart Stops Beating" (Electronic Mix) – 3:22

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Current
Australia (ARIA)[8] 47
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[9] 74
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 72
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 47
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 47
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 89
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[14] 14




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  2. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  3. ^ Griffin, JR (December 2006). "Blink & You'll Miss It". Alternative Press. No. 221. Alternative Magazines Inc. pp. 136–140. ISSN 1065-1667. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Steven, Rosen. "Therapy Session Of Travis Barker". Ultimate-Guitar.com. Retrieved 24 October 2006. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Shooman, 2010. p. 158
  6. ^ James Montgomery (September 8, 2006). "Plus-44 Announce Tour Dates — For Real This Time". MTV News. Retrieved December 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ Shooman, 2010. p. 163
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – +44 – When Your Heart Stops Beating". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  9. ^ "Austriancharts.at – +44 – When Your Heart Stops Beating" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  10. ^ "Musicline.de – +44 Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  11. ^ "Chart Track: Week 47, 2006". Irish Singles Chart.
  12. ^ "Archive Chart: 2006-11-18" UK Singles Chart.
  13. ^ "+44 – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for +44. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  14. ^ "+44 – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for +44. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
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