Self Esteem (song)

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"Self Esteem"
Single by The Offspring
from the album Smash
  • "Burn It Up"
  • "Jennifer Lost the War"
Released December 22, 1994
Format Vinyl, cassette,
CD single, CD maxi
Genre Punk rock
Length 4:17
Label Epitaph
Songwriter(s) Dexter Holland
Producer(s) Thom Wilson
The Offspring singles chronology
"Come Out and Play (Keep 'Em Separated)"
"Self Esteem"
"Gotta Get Away"

"Self Esteem" is a song by the American punk rock group the Offspring, released as the second single from their third studio album Smash. The song was a worldwide hit, reaching number 1 in Latvia, Norway, and Sweden and was one of the most successful singles released by the band. "Self Esteem" was nominated for the 1995 MTV Europe Music Awards for Best Song, but did not win. The song also appears as the third track on their Greatest Hits (2005).

Track listings

CD single, 7" blue and 12" black vinyl

No. Title Length
1. "Self Esteem" 4:17
2. "Burn It Up" 2:43
3. "Jennifer Lost the War" 2:35

CD maxi

No. Title Length
1. "Self Esteem" 4:17
2. "Jennifer Lost the War" 2:35
3. "Burn It Up" 2:43

Music video

The music video for the song was directed by Darren Lavett (who directed the previous video "Come Out and Play") and was shot in August 1994 after the Offspring had just gone both gold and platinum with Smash.[1] In the music video several people are doing stunts, inter cut with shots of the band playing on stage.

In the video, Dexter wears three different band t-shirts. Initially, he wears a Sex Pistols t-shirt. Later he dons a t-shirt of the Germs, and then a Vandals t-shirt when he briefly appears as a human skeleton.

In an interview on the Offspring's Greatest Hits DVD, Noodles claimed that he gave his Fender Stratocaster (which he played in the videos for "Come Out and Play" and "Self Esteem") to one of the actors who appeared in the video.

"Self Esteem" remains one of the Offspring's popular videos. Its popularity on MTV helped launch the song to success on mainstream radio.

DVD appearances

The music video also appears on the Complete Music Video Collection DVD. It was released in 2005.

Other appearances

  • On July 20, 2018, 311 released a "reggaefied" cover of the song, which 311's lead singer Nick Hexum said is "probably my favorite song of theirs." On the same day, The Offspring released a cover of 311's "Down". Those cover versions coincided with the beginning of their 2018 Never Ending Summer co-tour.[2]
  • The song was covered by Steve 'N' Seagulls in 2016.
  • The song was released as downloadable content for the video game Rock Band, in the "Offspring pack" which was released on October 7, 2008 along with "Gone Away" and "Pretty Fly (For a White Guy)". It also appears in SingStar Rocks!, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock[3] and The Darkness II. An upgraded version of the song was made available to download on March 1, 2011, for use in the Rock Band 3 music gaming platform in both Basic rhythm, and PRO mode which takes advantage of the use of a real guitar / bass guitar, along with standard MIDI-compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards in addition to up to three-part harmony vocals.[4]
  • In the film Daddy's Home, Brad is shown skateboarding with this song in the background, then passes out.



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  2. ^ "311 and the Offspring Recorded New Versions of Each Other's Material: Exclusive". July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018. 
  3. ^ | Guitar Hero 6 track list includes AFI, Bad Brains, DEP, Rx Bandits, Strung Out, Ramones, Fall Out Boy
  4. ^ Gaddo, Kyle (2011-02-25). "Eleven Legacy Rock Band Tracks Getting PRO Upgrades On March 1st". The Gaming Vault. Archived from the original on May 25, 2013. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
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  24. ^ "1995 Austrian Singles Chart" (in German). Austriancharts. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  25. ^ "1995 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  26. ^ "1995 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Single top 100 over 1995" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Year End Sales Charts - European Top 100 Albums 1995" (PDF). Music & Media. December 23, 1995. p. 14. Retrieved July 29, 2018. 
  29. ^ 1995 French Singles Chart Archived March 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved January 30, 2009.
  30. ^ Norwegian certifications Archived June 26, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved January 27, 2009.
  31. ^ Swedish certifications Archived March 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved January 27, 2009.
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