The Sound of Winter

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"The Sound of Winter"
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Single by Bush
from the album The Sea of Memories
Released 22 July 2011
Recorded 2010–11
Length 3:31
Label Zuma Rock
Songwriter(s) Gavin Rossdale
Producer(s) Bob Rock
Bush singles chronology
"The Afterlife"
"The Sound of Winter"
"Baby Come Home"
"The Afterlife"
"The Sound of Winter"
"Baby Come Home"

"The Sound of Winter" is a song by British band Bush. The song is the second single released from the band's fifth studio album The Sea of Memories.

Music video[edit]

Directed by Meiert Avis, on 9 and 10 August in Malibu, California, the music video opens in similar fashion to that of the music video for the song "Yellow" by Coldplay, with Gavin Rossdale walking down the beach on a cold, grey morning singing the first verse and chorus. Afterwards the video unfolds into a blissful summer party with jamming, shooting pool, and guitar playing on the beach. Chris Traynor's wife and daughter also appear in the video.[1]

Release and promotion[edit]

The song was the second single released from the band's fifth studio album "The Sea of Memories", and was released on 22 July 2011, the band appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on 21 July, debuting the song to promote the album. The band also performed the song on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on 22 September and Discovery Channel's American Chopper Live on 6 December 2011.[2] Their Chopper appearance marked the series' second highest rated episode to date,[3] the song was also featured on the television series The Lying Game, the NHL 12 soundtrack[4] and in the 2013 film The Call.


Commercial performance[edit]

On 18 October 2011, "The Sound of Winter" topped the Alternative Songs chart, knocking off "Walk" by the Foo Fighters, it was the band's fifth number-one hit single on the chart (their first in 12 years, since 1999's "The Chemicals Between Us"), as well as their first self-released single to reach number one on the alternative radio chart.[5][6] On 19 November, it topped the Rock Songs chart, becoming their first number-one song on the chart.[7]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2011–12) Peak
Canada (Active Rock)[8] 3
Canada (Alternative Rock)[9] 2
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 71
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[11] 37
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[12] 1
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[13] 1
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[14] 4


  1. ^ "Music Video History at - A Comprehensive Fan Site For The Band Bush". Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Multi-Platinum Rock Band BUSH to Perform at Chopper Live : Discovery Channel". 2011-11-29. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  3. ^ Exton, Emily (2011-12-07). "'American Chopper' live show draws big ratings: Here's the winning bike | Inside TV |". Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  4. ^ "NHL®12 Soundtrack – Continuing the Authentic NHL Arena Experience". 2011-10-05. Retrieved 2011-10-12. 
  5. ^ "Bush Back Atop Alternative Songs With Self-Released 'The Sound of Winter' - Chart Beat". Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  6. ^ "Bush Makes Rock Radio History: Mediabase Counts The Sound Of Winter". 2011-10-18. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  7. ^ "Alternative Songs". Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  8. ^ Rock, Canadian (2011-11-29). "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Active Rock - November 29, 2011". Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  9. ^ Rock, Canadian (2011-11-01). "Canadian Active Rock & Alt Rock Chart Archive: Alternative Rock - November 1, 2011". Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  10. ^ "Bush – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Bush.
  11. ^ "Bush – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Bush.
  12. ^ "Bush – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Bush.
  13. ^ "Bush – Chart history" Billboard Hot Rock Songs for Bush.
  14. ^ "Bush – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for Bush.

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