By the Way (Red Hot Chili Peppers song)

"By the Way" is a song by American funk rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. It is the title track and first single released from the band's eighth studio album of the same name (2002), on June 24, 2002. The song was the band's sixth number-one hit on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and spent seven weeks at number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Internationally, the song reached number two in the United Kingdom, becoming the band's highest-peaking single there alongside "Dani California", and peaked atop the Italian Singles Chart.

"By the Way"
Single by Red Hot Chili Peppers
from the album By the Way
B-side
  • "Time"
  • "Teenager in Love"
ReleasedJune 24, 2002 (2002-06-24)
Genre
Length3:37
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Rick Rubin
Red Hot Chili Peppers singles chronology
"Road Trippin'"
(2000)
"By the Way"
(2002)
"The Zephyr Song"
(2002)
Music video
"By the Way" on YouTube

Regarding its release, guitarist John Frusciante noted: "It wasn't really our decision to put that song out first, but our managers thought it was an exciting song and their enthusiasm convinced us. I guess they thought that it combined the wild part of our sound with the melodic part of our sound."[3] Vocalist Anthony Kiedis elaborated: "I thought that single was an ├╝ber-bombastic assault of non-commercialism. For it to be so well-received [in the United Kingdom] was shocking to me, but thrilling at the same time."[3]


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