Ashes to Ashes (Faith No More song)

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"Ashes to Ashes"
FNM – Ashes to Ashes.jpg
Single by Faith No More
from the album Album of the Year
Released May 19, 1997
Format CD
Studio Brilliant, San Francisco, California
Length 3:37
Label Slash
Faith No More singles chronology
"Ashes to Ashes"
"Last Cup of Sorrow"

"Ashes to Ashes"
"Last Cup of Sorrow"
Album of the Year track listing
"Mouth to Mouth"
"Ashes to Ashes"
"She Loves Me Not"

"Ashes to Ashes" is the seventh track on Faith No More's sixth studio album Album of the Year. It was the album's first single and was released on May 19, 1997. It was reissued on January 8, 1998.


When asked about the song, Billy Gould replied:

The bulk of that song was written the first week. We arranged it here, and then we sent Patton a tape. He was in Italy, but he came up with the lyrics and the singing right away. It was one of those songs that just clicked -- one of those songs that we do most naturally. That's our sound.

— Billy Gould[1]

Track lists


Chart (1997) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 8
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[3] 7
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 76
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 26
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 39
Norway (VG-lista)[7] 14
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 50
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 15
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[10] 1
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[11] 23


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[12] Gold 35,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ The DJ Icey & Maestro Mix comes in two forms:
    1. A version which features a drum & bass intro and a wind sample in the background. This version appeared on UK pressings[13] (850 905-2) with a duration of 6m:05s and is largely ambient in nature, straying considerably from the original track. It is quite abstract in nature. On the Album of the Year bonus disc this remix is labeled "Ashes To Ashes (Automatic 5 Dub)",[14] and DJ Icey and Maestro are given credits in the linear notes.
    2. A completely different remix which features the spoken part "I see you" at the beginning. This version appeared on the European[15] and Australian pressing[16] (London Records - 850 911-2) and on the promotional UK (London Records - Ashes-1[17] ) and French (Barclay 3594[18] ) and pressings. However, on the UK and French pressings, the remix was correctly titled "Ashes To Ashes (Icey and Mystro Mix) with a duration of 3m:43s. This version is more faithful to the original album version with a simple trip-hop beat throughout. It is quite radio friendly in nature.
  2. ^ Live at the Phoenix Festival '97 on July 27, 1997.


  1. ^ [1], "Faith No More - The Making of Album of the Year" (Keyboard Magazine, September 1997)
  2. ^ " – Faith No More – Ashes to Ashes". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  3. ^ "Faith No More: Ashes to Ashes" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  4. ^ " – Faith No More Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Faith No More". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  6. ^ " – Faith No More – Ashes to Ashes". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  7. ^ " – Faith No More – Ashes to Ashes". VG-lista. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  8. ^ " – Faith No More – Ashes to Ashes". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  9. ^ "Faith No More: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  10. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  11. ^ "Faith No More Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved November 26, 2016.
  12. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1997 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Ashes To Ashes Uk CD single". 
  14. ^ "Album of the Year bonus CD". 
  15. ^ "Ashes To Ashes European CD single". 
  16. ^ "Australian CD single". 
  17. ^ "UK 2 track promo CD". 
  18. ^ "French 2 track promo CD". 

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