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"Walkin' on the Sun"
Single by Smash Mouth
from the album Fush Yu Mang
Released 1997
Recorded 1997
Genre Ska punk
Length 3:25
Label Interscope
Producer Smash Mouth
Smash Mouth singles chronology
"Walkin' on the Sun"
(1997)
"Why Can't We Be Friends?"
(1997)

"Walkin' on the Sun" is the first single on the Smash Mouth album Fush Yu Mang. Released in 1997, it was Smash Mouth's first major single, reaching #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks, and went to #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay singles charts. It has since also been released on the Walkin' on the Sun EP and All Star Smash Hits, the Smash Mouth greatest hits album. The song presents an ironic and implied Generation X view of the hippie movement, extolling ideals of peace and love, and the subsequent conversion of those ideals into simple commercial fads, and references the suburbanization of modern America and the LA Riots of 1992 when the song was written. "Weird Al" Yankovic included the chorus of the song in his "Polka Power!" polka medley for his Running With Scissors album.

The song's opening riff and counter-melody are based on "Swan's Splashdown" from the 1966 Perrey and Kingsley electronic music album, The In Sound From Way Out!

The song can be heard in the 1997 film, An American Werewolf in Paris

EP track listing

  1. "Walkin' on the Sun" – 3:28
  2. "Sorry About Your Penis" – 1:26
  3. "Dear Inez" – 2:53
  4. "Push" – 2:52
  5. "Walkin' on the Sun" (Love Attack Mix) – 5:38
  6. "Walkin' on the Sun" (Phant 'N' Phunky Sunstroke Club) – 6:40

Europe single

  1. "Walkin' on the Sun" – 3:25
  2. "Sorry About Your Penis" – 1:23
  3. "Dear Inez" – 2:50
  4. "Push" – 2:49

Chart positions

Chart (1997) Position
Australian Singles Chart 7
German Singles Chart 90
Netherlands Singles Chart 76
New Zealand Singles Chart 27
Swedish Singles Chart 42
UK Singles Chart 19
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 2
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 1
Preceded by
"Fly" by Sugar Ray
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
September 27, 1997 - October 25, 1997
Succeeded by
"Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba
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