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"Song #3" is a single by American rock band Stone Sour, off of their studio album Hydrograd. It topped the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart in June 2017, where it held the top spot for 5 consecutive weeks.

"Song #3"
Single by Stone Sour
from the album Hydrograd
Released April 27, 2017 (2017-04-27)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2015—2016
Studio Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, Los Angeles
Genre Rock[1]
Length 4:16
Label Roadrunner
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Jay Ruston
Stone Sour singles chronology
"Tired"
(2013)
"Song #3"
(2017)
"Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I)"
(2017)
"Tired"
(2013)
"Song #3"
(2017)
"Rose Red Violent Blue (This Song Is Dumb & So Am I)"
(2017)

Contents

BackgroundEdit

On April 27, 2017, upon the announcement of Stone Sour's sixth studio album, Hydrograd, the band released two singles concurrently; "Fabuless" and "Song #3".[2] The initial release was through streaming,[3] and as a instant grat download when pre-ordering the album.[4][5] The song was also released to radio, where it topped the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart.[6] On June 7, 2017, frontman Corey Taylor performed the song solo with only an acoustic guitar on Japanese television show Sukkiri!.[7]

Themes and compositionEdit

Loudwire described the song as a "melodic rocker with huge hooks".[8] The verses have Corey Taylor softly singing over somber, gloomy guitar chords, until the song erupts into a more intense and hopeful sounding chorus, with more layers of melodic guitar and a sing-song melody.[8] Journalists noted that the song was a more melodic, accessible song compared to the band's other initial single from Hydrograd - "Fabuless".[9] Billboard described the song as an "...emotive cut with a driving style that’s similar to Stone Sour’s Mainstream Rock Songs No. 1s 'Say You'll Haunt Me' (2010) and Tired' (2014)."[2] Despite the more radio-friendly sound, frontman Corey Taylor states that the song does not feature any auto-tune or pitch-correction.[10] Despite the song's title, it is actually the fifth track on its respective album, and has no relation thematically to the similarly named Song 2 from Blur.[8][9]

Lyrically, Taylor described it as a love song, stating

"'Song #3' is actually about a certain kind of love that I don’t think songwriters really talk about. It’s that strong passionate love but also that undying love. That really, really good s–t, you know? Everybody talks about the sappy stuff, everybody talks about the sexy stuff, but there’s that middle section where one meets the other and you just never know which way it’s going to tip at any given moment.[7]

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (2017) Peak
position
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[11] 13
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[12] 11
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[6] 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://crypticrock.com/stone-sour-hydrograd-album-review/
  2. ^ a b "Stone Sour Announces New Album 'Hydrograd'". billboard.com. Retrieved May 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Stone Sour Premiere New Song, "Song #3"". revolvermag.com. April 27, 2017. Retrieved May 16, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Listen To Another New STONE SOUR Track: 'Song #3'". blabbermouth.net. April 27, 2017. Retrieved May 16, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Stone Sour get "Fabuless" on new song from upcoming album, 'Hydrograd' - UPDATED - News - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved May 16, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Stone Sour Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Corey Taylor Plays Stone Sour's 'Song #3' Acoustically on Japanese TV". Loudwire. Retrieved 21 June 2017. 
  8. ^ a b c "Stone Sour's 'Song #3' Is a Melodic Rocker With Huge Hooks". Loudwire. Retrieved May 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "STONE SOUR Release ANOTHER New Single Today, "Song #3," And It's Catchy! - Metal Injection". metalinjection.net. April 27, 2017. Retrieved May 16, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Stone Sour release new song Song #3". teamrock.com. April 27, 2017. Retrieved May 16, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Stone Sour Chart History (Hot Rock Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  12. ^ "Stone Sour Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved July 6, 2017.