Burn It to the Ground

"Burn It to the Ground"
Single by Nickelback
from the album Dark Horse
Released January 29, 2009
Recorded March–July 2008 at Mountain View Studios, Abbotsford, British Columbia
Genre Alternative metal, stoner rock[1]
Length 3:31
Label Roadrunner
Writer(s) Chad Kroeger, Mike Kroeger, Joey Moi
Producer(s) Robert John "Mutt" Lange, Nickelback, Joey Moi
Nickelback singles chronology
"I'd Come for You"
"Burn It to the Ground"
"Never Gonna Be Alone"
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen – The Album track listing
Music video
"Burn It to the Ground" on YouTube

"Burn It to the Ground" is the fourth U.S. single (fifth single in Canada after "I'd Come for You") released from Canadian rock band Nickelback's sixth studio album Dark Horse.

Promotional use

It is featured on the soundtrack for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and can be heard in the background during a party scene in the film. An instrumental version of the song was played when the Kansas City Royals' starting line-up was introduced during home games in 2009. The song was also used by the 2009 Colorado Rockies, and 2010 Baltimore Orioles as the players took the field. The song is also featured in video game NHL 10, and was used as the theme song for WWE Raw from November 16, 2009, until August 6, 2012.[2] UFC fighter Ben Rothwell and former WWE star Carlito have both used it at their entrance music. It was also featured in Jersey Shore's second season.

The song is also the touchdown song for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys, the goal song for the NHL's New York Islanders and the AHL's Peoria Rivermen and the GOJHL's LaSalle Vipers, the start of the song plays before the opening faceoff for the Chicago Blackhawks and also the entrance theme for the AHL's Abbotsford Heat and was the entrance theme of Jonny Gomes of the Cincinnati Reds. It is also played at Madison Square Garden when the New York Rangers enter the ice from the locker room at the start of the second period.

The song is also featured in the trailer for the 2010 film Date Night, it was also used for the presenter entrance for the Top Gear Live show. The song has also been used sporadically for the WHL's Kelowna Rockets and the SJHL's Flin Flon Bombers. An instrumental version of the song is used whenever the Boston Blazers have a Power Play opportunity. The song is also played in Speed Channel's ad for NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race XXVI.

Burn it to the Ground became the highest charting single of Nickelback in Finland and only the second Nickelback single to enter the Finnish Singles Chart, peaking at #7. Their first entry was How You Remind Me, which was released 8 years earlier (the song peaked at #18).

It was also used in the Formula One highlights for the Australian Grand Prix (2010) http://www.formula1.com/video/ as well as for the 2010 NASCAR commercials.

The instrumental version of the song was used to introduce the players of Team Staal led by Eric Staal at the 2011 NHL All-Star Game.

The song was featured as a playable track part of the Nickelback downloadable track pack for the video game Rock Band.

The song debuted on August 14, 2010 as the new introduction song for the Seattle Seahawks.

They also played this on Jimmy Kimmel Live! with When We Stand Together in 2011. In December 2011, they performed the song as part of the 2011 WWE Tribute to the Troops.

Track listing

  1. "Clean Edit" - 3:29
  2. "Album Version" - 3:30

Song information

On this ode to getting drunk, and "burning it to the ground," frontman Chad Kroeger sings about drinking "everything in sight." The song is a Def Leppard-style arena anthem, and one that Nickelback are currently performing on their Dark Horse World Tour, where Kroeger usually begins the song by saying "this song is the theme song of my life." [3]

The song is well known for its repeating chugging guitar riff and its aggressive vocals. It is one of Nickelback's much heavier singles, and one of their only songs in which seven-string guitars are used.

The song was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance for the 52nd Grammy Awards but lost to AC/DC.[4]

On February 28, 2010, Nickelback performed the song at the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. The performance helped the song to reach #2 on Canada's iTunes while the album reached also #2 in the top albums category almost a year and a half after its release.

Music video

The video premiered on July 10, 2009. The video features the band on stage at the O2 Arena in London performing the song. The crowd shots are a mix of all of their Dark Horse Tour shows in the United Kingdom.


Chart (2009) Peak
Canadian Hot 100 37
Finnish Singles Chart 7[5]
German Singles Chart 65
UK Rock Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 8[6]
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs 32
U.S. Billboard Rock Songs 7


  1. "Nickelback: Dark Horse". Toronto Star. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  2. "WWE "Nickelback and WWE team up for new Raw theme" | November 9, 2009". Wwe.com. 2009-11-09. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  3. "Nickelback - Burn It To The Ground - 22.5.09 - MEN Arena". YouTube. 2009-05-22. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  4. Nickelback Nominated For a Grammy
  5. Steffen Hung. "Finnish charts portal". finnishcharts.com. Retrieved 2012-02-09.
  6. Charts on Billboard

External links

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