The Nosebleed Section

"The Nosebleed Section" is a song by the Australian hip hop music group Hilltop Hoods. It was a radio single from their 2003 album The Calling. In the Triple J Hottest 100, 2003 it placed at Number 9,[1] in 2009 it was voted Number 17 in the Hottest 100 of All Time, and in 2013 it was voted Number 4 in the Hottest 100 of the Past 20 Years, making it the highest-placed Australian song and the highest-placed hip-hop song in both countdowns as well as the highest-placed song from the 21st century in the former despite never being released as a physical single.[2][3] It is one of their best-known songs and was a radio hit in 2004, even appearing on the Channel 9 police drama Stingers,[4] but it was not an ARIAnet chart hit, which they did not attain until 2006 when they released "Clown Prince".

"The Nosebleed Section"
Single by Hilltop Hoods
from the album The Calling
GenreAustralian hip hop
LabelObese Records
Songwriter(s)Matthew David Lambert, Daniel Howe Smith, Barry John M. Francis (DJ Debris), Melanie Safka
Producer(s)Hilltop Hoods
Hilltop Hoods singles chronology
"Dumb Enough"
"The Nosebleed Section"
"Clown Prince"

The lyrics of the song deal with upbeat themes of parties, concerts, good times and living the high life involved in an MC's career.

That was definitely a turning point for us. When Triple J started playing it, that was our break. We started getting a lot of festival gigs, show offers, stuff like that.

The chorus and backing beat of "The Nosebleed Section" are sampled from the song "The People in the Front Row" sung by Melanie Safka.[6] Pieces of this song are continually inserted into "The Nosebleed Section".

You know, I looked around for faces I'd know,
I fell in love with the people in the front row, oh ho...
...Put me here, and I'm all yours,
It's not for the money and it's not for the applause, no.

The song includes an interpolation of lyrics from the Powderfinger song "These Days". The line as it appears in the song appears to be a mashup of two lines combined into one.

This life turned out nothing like I had planned.
Which, in "These Days", occurs as:
This life, well it's slipping right through my hands.
These days turned out nothing like I had planned.


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[7] 6× Platinum 420,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "Triple J Hottest 100 2003". Triple J. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
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  3. ^ Murphy, Damien (13 July 2009). "Smells like Old Times at Triple J". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  4. ^ Coleman, Tim (21 July 2006). "Gold in them thar hills". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  5. ^ "'The Nosebleed Section' - Hilltop Hoods". Triple J. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  6. ^ "Hilltop Hoods - 'The Nosebleed Section'". Who Sampled Who. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  7. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2021 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 28 April 2021.