Here to Stay (Korn song)

"Here to Stay"
Single by Korn
from the album Untouchables
Released June 11, 2002
Format 7", CD, DVD
Recorded 2002
Genre Nu metal
Length 4:32
Label Epic
Writer(s) Reginald Arvizu, Jonathan Davis, James Shaffer, David Silveria, Brian Welch
Producer(s) Michael Beinhorn
Korn singles chronology
"Somebody Someone"
"Here to Stay"

"Here to Stay" is a Grammy Award-winning song by American nu metal band Korn that appears on the band's fifth studio album, Untouchables as the album's opening track. It was released as the album's first single in February 2002. The song won the 2003 Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance, as well as winning an award for Best International Video on MuchMusic in 2002. It was also nominated for Best Rock Video at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards and Best Single at the 2002 Kerrang! Awards. The music video, directed by The Hughes Brothers was highly successful, and gained frequent airplay on MTV and MuchMusic in particular, featuring the band members on a TV screen amongst major world issues at the time. The video won a 2002 Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award for Music Video of the Year.[1] The song has become a staple of the band's live show to this day.

Jonathan Davis comments on meaning

"Here to Stay" is basically about being fed up with people taking advantage of you. I wrote it when being angry of basically being born a nice guy. Nice people always get taken advantage of. I'm lashing out.


"Here to Stay" was released to US radio stations in February 2002 as a promotional single. The retail version was released on the same day as Untouchables, June 11, 2002. A box set was later released, which included all three editions of the "Here to Stay" single. There is also a one-track promotional single of the Mindless Self Indulgence remix, which is difficult to find. This remix is also found on the DVD single of "Thoughtless".

Electronic musician BT also remixed the song that same year.

Chart performance


Chart (2002) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 12
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 44
Canada (Jam! CANOE)[2] 21
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 7
Germany (Media Control AG) 35
Ireland (IRMA) 15
Italy (FIMI) 12
Netherlands (MegaCharts) 58
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 34
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[3] 12
US Billboard Hot 100[4] 72
US Mainstream Rock Songs (Billboard)[2] 4
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[4] 4

Live performance

In the concert version of the song, small changes are made to the song, such as the guitar riff played by Head in the background being removed during the outro of the song. The line "fucked up feelings again" in the pre-chorus of the song is often left for the audience to sing instead of Davis while rest of the band members momentarily stop playing their instruments in order to hear the fans' voices more clearly.

Track listing

CD Single:

  1. "Here to Stay" – 4:31

DVD Single:

  1. "Here to Stay" (Extended video)
  2. "Here to Stay" (Short video)

Music video

The music video portrays a boy watching subliminal messages on TV while flipping channels between shows (which consist of real-world events) and the band playing in the TV against a static backdrop. In the end, Davis takes the boy into the TV. The video for "Here to Stay" also marks the first video appearance of Davis's unique microphone stand designed by H. R. Giger. There is also a "clean" version of the music video which shows the boy being taken into the TV at the beginning. This version omitted the explicit words and all of the real-event videos. The point of view is "inside" the TV instead of outside it. This version is the one shown at Sony BMG's official YouTube channel.

Appearances in media

See also


  1. Metal Edge, June 2003
  2. 1 2 "Korn > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  3. Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: Alex K - Kyuss". Zobbel. Retrieved 2010-02-16.
  4. 1 2 "Here to Stay - Korn". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
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