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"Kryptonite" is the debut single by American rock band 3 Doors Down. It was originally released as a demo for local play by 97.9 WCPR-FM in Biloxi, Mississippi.[2] The song first charted on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart reaching number one for nine weeks, then hit number one on the Modern Rock Tracks chart for 11 weeks. It also reached number one on the Mainstream Top 40 chart for five non-consecutive weeks, number four on the Adult Top 40 chart, and number three on the Billboard Hot 100, the band's highest-charting single there.

Single by 3 Doors Down
from the album The Better Life
ReleasedJanuary 11, 2000
Recorded1999 in New York, New York
Producer(s)Paul Ebersold
3 Doors Down singles chronology
Audio sample
Music video
"Kryptonite" on YouTube


Composition and inspirationEdit

The song was written by vocalist/drummer Brad Arnold in a mathematics class when he was fifteen and was one of the first songs he ever wrote.[3]

In terms of the song's meaning, Arnold has said:

"That song seems like it's really just kind of like asking a question. Its question is kind of a strange one. It's not just asking, "If I fall down, will you be there for me?", because it's easy to be there for someone when they're down. But it's not always easy to be there for somebody when they're doing good. And that's the question it's asking. It's like, "If I go crazy, will you still call me Superman?" It's asking, "If I'm down, will you still be there for me?" but at the same time, "If I'm alive and well, will you be there holding my hand?" That's kind of asking, "If I'm doing good, will you be there for me? Will you not be jealous of me?" That's the basic question that song's asking, and maybe throughout the years of singing that song, I might have come up with more meanings for it than it actually might have originally had."[3]

Music videoEdit

Directed by Dean Karr, the music video presents an old man who was a big-time action hero on 1950s TV. The scene cuts between the band hanging around on the roof of the apartments where the old man lives, spying on a man harassing a woman. When the man drags her away, the old man dons his superhero suit and follows. In between shots of the old hero chasing the bad guy and failing to protect himself against a group of goths, the band is shown playing in a club (the Cowboy Palace Saloon in LA) with several other elderly people dressed as caricatures of comic villains. Several of these people are seen riding a mechanical bull during the final chorus. The video comes to a close when the old man dives through the skylight and catches the bad guy off guard, possibly knocking him out by falling on top of him. The video ends with the old man smiling, giving a thumbs up to the camera, having successfully completed his mission.

Live PerformancesEdit

"Kryptonite" was first performed live in Pascagoula, Mississippi on January 15, 1997. As of April 1, 2019, it has been performed 493 times, making it the most performed song by 3 Doors Down.[4]

Track listingEdit

U.S. version
  1. "Kryptonite" (Top 40 Edit) – 3:44
  2. "Kryptonite" (LP version) – 3:54
U.S. version enhanced
  1. "Kryptonite" (LP version) – 3:55
  2. "Wasted Me" (Previously unreleased) – 3:11
  3. "Duck and Run" (LP version) – 3:52
  4. "Kryptonite" (Video) – 3:53
UK version
  1. "Kryptonite" (LP version) – 3:55
  2. "Smack" (LP version) – 2:30
AUS version enhanced
  1. "Kryptonite" (LP version) – 3:55
  2. "Wasted Me" – 3:11
  3. "Duck and Run" (LP version) – 3:52
  4. "Kryptonite" (Video) – 3:53
German version
  1. "Kryptonite" (LP version) – 3:55
  2. "Wasted Me" – 3:11
  3. "Life of My Own" (Live from Atlanta) – 4:36
  4. "Kryptonite" (Acoustic)
Dutch version enhanced
  1. "Kryptonite" (LP version) – 3:55
  2. "Wasted Me" – 3:11
  3. "Duck and Run" (LP version) – 3:52
  4. "Kryptonite" (Video) – 3:53

Charts and certificationsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Ranking: Every Alternative Rock No. 1 Hit From Worst to Best". Consequence of Sound. March 28, 2016. Archived from the original on October 11, 2016. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), p. 633.
  3. ^ a b "Brad Arnold from 3 Doors Down : Songwriter Interviews".
  4. ^ "Kryptonite by 3 Doors Down song statistics". Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  5. ^ " – 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7094." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 7244." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  8. ^ " – 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 43, 2000" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  10. ^ " – 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  11. ^ " – 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite". Top 40 Singles.
  12. ^ "3 Doors Down Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "3 Doors Down Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "3 Doors Down Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  15. ^ "3 Doors Down Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard.
  16. ^ "3 Doors Down Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "End of Year Charts 2000". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  18. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-31.
  19. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved December 13, 2014.
  20. ^ "British single certifications – 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 7, 2015. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Kryptonite in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  21. ^ "American single certifications – 3 Doors Down – Kryptonite". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 8, 2013. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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