Painkiller (Three Days Grace song)

"Painkiller" is a song by Canadian rock band Three Days Grace.[1][2] This is the first single released with new singer Matt Walst, following the departure of Adam Gontier. It is the lead single off the band's fifth studio album Human.

"Painkiller"
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Single by Three Days Grace
from the album Human
ReleasedApril 1, 2014
Genre
Length2:58
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Gavin Brown
Three Days Grace singles chronology
"Misery Loves My Company"
(2013)
"Painkiller"
(2014)
"I Am Machine"
(2014)
Music video
"Painkiller" (lyric video) on YouTube

BackgroundEdit

On March 28, 2014, the band officially announced that Matt Walst would be Adam Gontier's permanent replacement in the band.[3] Within the announcement, it was teased that new music would be heard the following week and on March 31, the band uploaded "Painkiller" onto their YouTube account.[4] The song was officially released through iTunes on April 1. Drummer Neil Sanderson talked about the meaning behind the song in a making of video released on the band's YouTube account:

"Painkiller, that song is about how everybody is addicted to something. It's written from the perspective of the vice that you need to be addicted to it. The love of the drug, it's the villain who taunts you into wanting more."[5]

The song won "Rock Song of the Year" at the 2014 Loudwire Music Awards.[6]

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Gold 40,000 
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Painkiller - Single". iTunes. 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  2. ^ Hartmann, Graham (2014). "Three Days Grace Unveil New Song Painkiller". Loudwire. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  3. ^ Childers, Chad (2014). "Three Days Grace Confirm That Matt Walst Will Continue As Band's Frontman". Loudwire. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  4. ^ "Painkiller". YouTube. 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  5. ^ "Making of Painkiller". YouTube. 2014. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  6. ^ "Three Days Grace Win Rock Song of the Year in the 4th Annual Loudwire Music Awards". Loudwire. February 3, 2015. Retrieved April 27, 2022.
  7. ^ "Three Days Grace Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  8. ^ "Three Days Grace Chart History (Canada Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  9. ^ "Three Days Grace Chart History (Hot Rock & Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  10. ^ "Three Days Grace Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved December 22, 2014.
  11. ^ "Hot Rock Songs: Year End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  12. ^ "Rock Airplay Songs: Year End 2014". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2014.
  13. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Three Days Grace – Painkiller". Music Canada. Retrieved 15 February 2018.
  14. ^ "American single certifications – Three Days Grace – Painkiller". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2 November 2018.