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The Verve

Bittersweet Symphony

  • Symphony
  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Instrumental
  • Space
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  • 1997
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  • 1965
  • 1998

“Bitter Sweet Symphony” is a song by English alternative rock band The Verve, the lead track on their third album, Urban Hymns. It is based on music from an Andrew Loog Oldham adaptation of a Rolling Stones song, “The Last Time.“ It was released on 16 June 1997 by Hut Recordings as the first single from the album, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart. The song’s momentum built slowly in the United States throughout the latter months of 1997, ultimately leading to a CD single release on 3 March 1998 by Virgin Records America, helping the song to reach number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also became famous for the legal controversy surrounding plagiarism charges. It was the 79th best selling single in the United States in 1998. In the Triple J Hottest 100 of... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ I can't change my mold ... no, no, no, no, no ... I'll take you down the only road I've ever been down

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This song is listed #382 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

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More songs by The Verve (See Charts): History, Love Is Noise, Lucky Man, The Drugs Don'T Work, Sonnet, and Bitter Sweet Symphony.

Popular in Rock (See Charts): Bohemian Rhapsody, Stairway To Heaven, Beat It, Give In To Me, Wherever You Will Go, Stigmatized, Nothing'S Changed, Hotel California, Imagine, and Nothing Else Matters.


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