Glycerine (song)

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Bush glycerine.png
Single by Bush
from the album Sixteen Stone
B-side "Solomon's Bones , Alien [LP Version]"
Released 14 November 1995 (1995-11-14)
Format CD, 7"
Recorded January 1994
Genre Post-grunge[1]
Length 4:26
4:18 (U.S. Radio Edit)
Songwriter(s) Gavin Rossdale
Bush singles chronology

"Glycerine" is a song by English band Bush. It was released on 14 November 1995 as the fourth single from their debut album, Sixteen Stone.


The song is in the key of F major, the chord progression is Fmaj, Cmaj, Dmin, and B♭maj throughout the verse with various ornamental embellishments diatonic to the key of F Major, including the Bridge which cycles between the I (F major), IV (B♭ major), and V chord in F Major. The refrain towards the end hangs on the vi (D minor) - IV (B♭ Major) before returning to the recurring progression for the last verse.

The single includes a previously unreleased b-side, "Solomon's Bones", which was recorded on 7 November 1995 at River Studios, London. Engineered by Joel Monger.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Glycerine" was notable for being shot in a very short time period when the band was on tour in the United States, the video was shot so quickly because the band's visas had expired. Though simple and unadorned, the video was highly acclaimed and won several awards, including the MTV Video Music Award - Viewer's Choice as well nominated for Best Alternative Video at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards. The music video was directed by Kevin Kerslake and shot in Atlanta, Georgia on 2 October 1995.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Glycerine"
  2. "Solomon's Bones"
  3. "Alien" [LP Version]

Commercial performance[edit]

Following the album's third single, "Comedown", "Glycerine" shared equal success. Like "Comedown", it reached number one on the Modern Rock Tracks chart for two weeks, in December 1995, it is also the band's biggest pop hit to date, peaking at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 24 February 1996.[4] The song won the Viewer's Choice Award at the 1996 MTV Music Video Awards, the song was voted number 5 on the Australian annual music poll Triple J Hottest 100 in 1996.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1995–96) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 5
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 38
Canada Alternative 30 (RPM) 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 41
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 31
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 28
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[9] 1
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[10] 4
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[11] 28

Live version[edit]

"Glycerine (Live)"
Bush Glycerine ft. Gwen Stefani.jpg
Single by Bush featuring Gwen Stefani
Released 13 December 2012 (2012-12-13)
Format Digital download
Recorded December 8, 2012
Genre Post-grunge[1]
Length 4:38
Label Zuma Rock
Songwriter(s) Gavin Rossdale
Bush singles chronology
"Baby Come Home"
"Glycerine (Live)"
"The Only Way Out"
"Baby Come Home"
"The Only Way Out"
Gwen Stefani singles chronology
"Early Winter"
(2008) Early Winter2008
(2012) Glycerine2012
"Baby Don't Lie"
(2014) Baby Don't Lie2014

Bush performed a new version of "Glycerine" at KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas on December 8, 2012 which featured a surprise appearance from American singer and songwriter, and Gavin Rossdale's then-wife Gwen Stefani,[12] the single was never released on an album, as both Stefani and Bush were not working on any new material.

Chart performance[edit]

After its release, the live version received moderate success in the United States, on the Billboard Alternative Digital Singles chart, "Glycerine" peaked at number 16, whereas on the Billboard Rock Digital Singles, it peaked at number 22.


Chart (2013) Peak
US Alternative Digital Singles (Billboard)[13] 16
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[14] 38
US Rock Digital Songs (Billboard)[15] 22
Preceded by
"My Friends" by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
16–23 December 1995
Succeeded by
"Wonderwall" by Oasis


  1. ^ a b Unterberger, Andrew. "Top Ten Mediocre Post-Grunge / Alternative Bands". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bush - Glycerine". 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  4. ^ "Bush – Chart history – Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved 18 December 2016. 
  5. ^ " – Bush – Glycerine". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ " – Bush – Glycerine" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  7. ^ " – Bush – Glycerine". Top 40 Singles.
  8. ^ "Bush Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  9. ^ "Bush Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  10. ^ "Bush Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  11. ^ "Bush Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  12. ^ Nicole Powell (December 20, 2012). "Gwen Stefani's 'Glycerine' Duet with Husband Gavin Rossdale Released on iTunes". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 23, 2016. 
  13. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard Rock Digital Songs for Gwen Stefani. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 
  14. ^ "Bush Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 26, 2015.
  15. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard Rock Digital Songs for Gwen Stefani. Retrieved 26 December 2015. 

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