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"All Star"
Single by Smash Mouth
from the album Astro Lounge
Released May 4, 1999
Format CD single
Recorded 1999
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:21
Label Interscope
Producer Eric Valentine
Smash Mouth singles chronology
"Why Can't We Be Friends"
(1997)
"All Star"
(1999)
"Then the Morning Comes"
(1999)
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For the record label, see All Star Records

"All Star" is a single by Smash Mouth about a man remembering the things people have told him to motivate him to become a rock star. The people in the song are all unnamed, referred to instead as "Somebody once told me" or "Somebody once asked". The song ends with the narrator agreeing to "get away from this place", leaving uncertain whether he finally became a rock star or not.

It was featured on their album Astro Lounge and is one of the group's most successful songs. The music video featured cameos of William H. Macy, Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, Paul Reubens, Kel Mitchell, Dane Cook, Doug Jones, and Janeane Garofalo from the movie Mystery Men, which prominently featured the song.

Lead singer Steven Harwell has said that his first instinct after recording the song was not to release it as a single but to sell it to advertisers.

Contents

Popularity

Soon after its release the song became quite ubiquitous in pop culture. In addition to Mystery Men, it was included in the opening credits to the film Shrek[1] (where it was originally scratch music), and Smash Mouth performing the song closes out the film Rat Race[1]. The song was also featured in the soundtrack to Digimon: The Movie where it is the last song played before the movie ends, Go Tigers![1] (2001), and Inspector Gadget[1] (1999)

The song reached number two on the Billboard[2] Alternative Songs chart and number four on the Billboard Hot 100[2]. In Canada it was featured in the album Big Shiny Tunes 4.

Tracks

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

Personnel

In other media

Chart positions

Chart (1999) Position
Australian Singles Chart 4
Finnish Singles Chart 17
German Singles Chart 74
Dutch Singles Chart 57
New Zealand Singles Chart 15
Swedish Singles Chart 49
UK Singles Chart[3] 24
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 4
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs[2] 2
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[2] 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40[2] 1

Notes and references

  1. ^ a b c d IMDb, Film credits for Smashmouth
  2. ^ a b c d e f Billboard, Charts for All-Star, retrieved Nov 6, 2009
  3. ^ Everyhit.com, UK Top 40 Hit Database, retrieved Nov 6, 2009
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