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Home Sweet Home (Mötley Crüe song)

"Home Sweet Home" is a song by American heavy metal band Mötley Crüe. It was originally released in 1985 on the album Theatre of Pain, and again in 1991 for the Decade of Decadence 81-91 compilation album. It has been recorded as a cover version by several artists, most notably country singer Carrie Underwood, who released her version as a single in 2009.

"Home Sweet Home"
Home Sweet Home cover.jpg
Single by Mötley Crüe
from the album Theatre of Pain
ReleasedSeptember 30, 1985
Format7-inch, cassette
GenreGlam metal[1]
Songwriter(s)Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee
Producer(s)Tom Werman
Mötley Crüe singles chronology
"Smokin' in the Boys Room"
"Home Sweet Home"
"Girls, Girls, Girls"
"Home Sweet Home '91"
Home Sweet Home 91.jpg
Single by Mötley Crüe
from the album Decade of Decadence
ReleasedNovember 1, 1991
GenreGlam metal
Songwriter(s)Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee
Producer(s)Tom Werman
Mötley Crüe singles chronology
"Primal Scream"
"Home Sweet Home '91"
"Anarchy in the UK"


Originally released on the band's 1985 album, Theatre of Pain, the song was accompanied by a music video which documented the band's undertakings over the course of one or several concerts. Some of the original video was shot in Houston, Texas live at The Summit during the 1985 Theatre of Pain tour. They performed the song twice that night apparently to get more video footage. "Home Sweet Home" was released & remixed twice: once for the original promotion for the single in 1985. A radio only promo 12" with the remix was sent to stations, but not released commercially until the 1988 Japan-only EP Raw Tracks. The song was remixed again in 1991 and had some instruments overdubbed. Now called "Home Sweet Home '91", it was released as a single with a new video and included on the Decade of Decadence compilation. The song is often referred to as a power ballad, and its success was a prelude to similar marketing formula for other hair bands in the late 1980s.[2] The song ranks number 12 on VH1's chart of the greatest power ballads of all time. Drummer Tommy Lee re-recorded the song for Season 4 of the TV series Californication, and has a cameo in "Lights, Camera, Asshole" performing the song on piano in a bar at the end of the episode. Also, the third episode in the show's fourth season was named after this song.

Music videoEdit

The video (directed by Wayne Isham and guest-starring actor Michael Berryman) depicts each band member receiving a phone call home, and replying "I'm on my way!", Vince Neil on a beach, Mick Mars on a throne in a haunted house, Nikki Sixx at a bar, and Tommy Lee at a wild party. The piano intro begins as a tour bus driving by is shown. The rest of the video shows the band pre-concert and performing on stage, shot at The Summit in Houston, Texas (concert footage) and Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas (exterior). The video is notable for its long stay on top of the MTV daily request chart, lasting over three months until MTV invoked the unwritten "Crue Rule", dropping videos from eligibility on their request line after 30 days. The end of the video shows the same tour bus from the beginning with the words "Rockin 'N' Rollin".

A parody of this video was used for the end credits of the 2010 film Hot Tub Time Machine, with Rob Corddry's character Lou "Violator" Dorchen disguised as Vince Neil and the band's name known as "Mötley Lüe". It also reuses the same clips from the original video.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Home Sweet Home"
  2. "Red Hot"


Chart positionsEdit

The original release of "Home Sweet Home" charted at number 89 on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Home Sweet Home '91" peaked at number 37 on the same chart in 1992.[3] To date, "Home Sweet Home '91" is the last Mötley Crüe song to chart in the American Billboard Top 40.

Chart (1985) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 89
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[5] 39
"Home Sweet Home '91"
Chart (1991) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 37
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 37
Chart (2019) Peak
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[7] 12

Cover versionsEdit

  • The song was re-recorded by Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington on co-lead vocals along with Mötley Crüe in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The music video for the song shows videos of Katrina rescues, along with a performance from the band.
  • 30 Foot Fall included a cover version of the song as a bonus track on their album Ever Revolving, Never Evolving.
  • It was also recorded by Limp Bizkit for their Greatest Hitz album, and is joined by a remake of "Bitter Sweet Symphony" by The Verve. It is often referred to as "Bittersweet Home".
  • The band Radio Cult released a cover of the song on their album "Retroactive" in 2007.
  • Rob Corddry did a cover version for the 2010 film, Hot Tub Time Machine.
  • Tommy Lee performed the song on piano when he guest starred as a singer on the TV series Californication at the end of the episode of "Lights, Camera, Asshole". This version also appears on the show's Season 4 soundtrack.
  • In 2013, former American Idol contestant Todrick Hall made a version of the song in a medley video in tribute to The Wizard of Oz.

Carrie Underwood versionEdit

"Home Sweet Home"
Single by Carrie Underwood
ReleasedMarch 10, 2009
FormatDigital download
LabelArista Nashville
Songwriter(s)Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee
Producer(s)Mark Bright
Carrie Underwood singles chronology
"I Told You So"
"Home Sweet Home"
"Cowboy Casanova"

Country singer Carrie Underwood recorded a cover version in 2009 as the contestant farewell song for the eighth season of American Idol. Underwood performed the song live on the season finale.

The song was included on the deluxe edition of her third studio album Play On, released exclusively in Australia and New Zealand. It sold 288,000 downloads in the United States.[8]

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (2009) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[9] 33
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 21
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 52

Justin Moore versionEdit

"Home Sweet Home"
Single by Justin Moore with Vince Neil
from the album Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe
ReleasedJuly 7, 2014 (2014-07-07)
FormatDigital download
LabelValory Music Group
Songwriter(s)Nikki Sixx, Vince Neil, Tommy Lee
Producer(s)Jeremy Stover
Justin Moore singles chronology
"Small Town Throwdown"
"Home Sweet Home"
"This Kind of Town"

Justin Moore covered the song as a duet with Vince Neil on the 2014 album Nashville Outlaws: A Tribute to Mötley Crüe.[12][13] It was sent to country radio on July 8, 2014. On the Country Airplay chart dated for July 19, 2014, Moore's version was the highest-debuting song of the week, entering at number 39.[14] The song has sold 112,000 copies in the U.S. as of September 2014.[15] Mötley Crüe make a cameo appearance on the song's music video.[16]

Chart positionsEdit

Chart (2014) Peak
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[17] 30
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[18] 28


  1. ^ "Readers' Poll: The 10 Greatest Hair Metal Songs". Rolling Stone. February 5, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  2. ^ Theatre of Pain article on Allmusic
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th ed, Billboard Publications, Inc. 1996. ISBN 0-8230-7632-6
  4. ^ a b "Motley Crue Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Motley Crue Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "Motley Crue: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Motley Crue Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  8. ^ "American Idols Dominate Weekly Sales Charts". USA Today. September 24, 2010.
  9. ^ "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Carrie Underwood Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
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  13. ^ Hicks, Gregory (July 5, 2014). "Justin Moore covers Motley Crue with Vince Neil". The Tennessean. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  14. ^ Trust, Gary (July 7, 2014). "Chart Highlights: Usher Lands Lucky 13th No. 1 On R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay". Billboard. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  15. ^ Matt Bjorke (September 25, 2014). "The Top 30 Digital Singles – September 25, 2014". Roughstock. Sales figures given here
  16. ^ "Justin Moore Goes 'Home Sweet Home' With Motley Crue – Video Premiere". Rolling Stone. July 1, 2014. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  17. ^ "Justin Moore Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Justin Moore Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.