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"All Star"
File:All star.jpg
Song by Smash Mouth
from the album Astro Lounge
ReleasedMay 4, 1999
Recorded1999
Genre
Length3:21
LabelInterscope
Songwriter(s)Greg Camp
Producer(s)Eric Valentine
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Music video
"All Star" on YouTube

"All Star" is a song by American rock band Smash Mouth. It was released on May 4, 1999 as the second single from their album Astro Lounge, and is one of the group's most successful songs, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Composition[]

"All Star" is composed in the key of F-sharp major with a tempo of 104 beats per minute.[3]

Music video[]

The music video (directed by McG) features cameos by William H. Macy, Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, Paul Reubens, Kel Mitchell, Dane Cook, Doug Jones, and Janeane Garofalo from the film Mystery Men (1999), which prominently featured the song.

Commercial performance[]

The song reached No. 2 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart[4] and No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4] In Canada, it peaked at No. 2 on the RPM singles chart.[5]

Personnel[]

Musicians
  • Steve Harwell – lead vocals
  • Greg Camp – guitar, additional keyboards, main songwriting, backing vocals from Europe
  • Paul De Lisle – bass, backing vocals
  • Kevin Coleman – drums, backing vocals
Production
  • Jacquire King – remixing, mixing, recording, Pro-Tools
  • Eric Valentine – producer, engineer, mixer

Appearances in popular culture[]

  • In addition to Mystery Men, it was heavily used in the Shrek franchise to promote the series, especially the first film during the opening credits, while introducing the character Shrek. Devotion towards the song has been considered a factor in the Internet's obsession towards the series and titular character.[6]
  • The song was used in the film Digimon: The Movie and its soundtrack.[7]
  • The song appears in a scene during 1999's Inspector Gadget film.[8]
  • Smash Mouth appears in the ending of the 2001 film Rat Race performing the song.[9]
  • The song was remixed by Neil Cicierega in his mashup albums Mouth Sounds[10] and Mouth Moods, and referenced through Easter eggs in Mouth Silence.
  • The song was remixed by DJ Cummerbund in a mashup with the Disturbed cover of "The Sound of Silence".[11][12]

Track listing[]

European CD Single[]

  1. "All Star"
  2. "Walkin' on the Sun"
  3. "Why Can't We Be Friends?"
  4. "Can't Get Enough of You Baby"

CD1[]

  1. "All Star"
  2. "Walkin' On the Star" (Sun E Delight Remix)
  3. "The Fonz"

CD2[]

  1. "All Star"
  2. "Walkin' On the Sun"
  3. "Can't Get Enough of You Baby"
  4. "Walkin' on the Sun" (Video)

Charts[]

References[]

  1. Michaels, Sean (April 8, 2016). "Two songs you need to hear: Sean Michaels's playlist of the week". The Globe and Mail.
  2. Mortimer, Frank (May 16, 2013). "Making of Lip Dub: FHS 2013". Foxboro Reporter.
  3. "Smash Mouth "All Star" Sheet Music". Musicnotes.com.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 Billboard, Charts for All Star, retrieved Nov 6, 2009
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Top Singles - Volume 69, No. 13, July 19, 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-16. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  6. Sims, David (May 19, 2014). "Why Is the Internet So Obsessed With Shrek?". The Wire (The Atlantic). Retrieved January 24, 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  7. "Digimon: The Movie (Music from the Motion Picture) by Various Artists on Apple Music". iTunes Store. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  8. "Inspector Gadget". Internet Movie Database. July 23, 1999. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  9. "Smash Mouth - All Star (Rat Race HD)". YouTube. March 5, 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2016.
  10. Katie Rife (April 29, 2014). ""Mouth Sounds" is the punishing '90s nostalgia mixtape the world deserves". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  11. Blevins, Joe (May 10, 2016). "There's nothing sadder than a downbeat version of Smash Mouth's "All Star"". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  12. "Shed a Tear for This Sad Remix of Smash Mouth's 'All Star'". Nerdist. May 15, 2016. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  13. "Australian-charts.com – Smash Mouth – All Star". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  14. "Ultratop.be – Smash Mouth – All Star" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  15. "Rock/Alternative - Volume 69, No. 15, August 02 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-16. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  16. "Smash Mouth: All Star" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  17. "Musicline.de – Smash Mouth Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  18. "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: P". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  19. "Dutchcharts.nl – Smash Mouth – All Star" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  20. "Charts.nz – Smash Mouth – All Star". Top 40 Singles.
  21. "Swedishcharts.com – Smash Mouth – All Star". Singles Top 100.
  22. "Smash Mouth: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  23. "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 1999". Archived from the original on March 12, 2012. Retrieved 2015-06-25. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (|url-status= suggested) (help)
  24. "Top Singles - Volume 70, No. 8, December 13, 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-16. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  25. "Rock/Alternative - Volume 70, No. 8, December 13, 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-16. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  26. "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Archived from the original on July 9, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-28. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (|url-status= suggested) (help)

External links[]

  • Template:MetroLyrics song


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