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Self Esteem (song)

"Self Esteem"
Single by The Offspring
from the album Smash
B-side "Burn It Up"
"Jennifer Lost the War"
Released December 22, 1994
Format Vinyl, cassette,
CD single, CD maxi
Recorded 1993
Genre Punk rock, grunge
Length 4:17
Label Epitaph
Writer(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. It is the eighth (or seventh, on cassette) track from their third studio album Smash and was released as the second single from the album. The song was a worldwide hit, reaching number one in Latvia, Norway, and Sweden and was one of the most successful singles released by the band. However, frontman Dexter Holland mentioned in the Complete Music Video Collection that this song has not been very popular in Japan. "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). Although "Come Out and Play" was more successful in the U.S. and charted higher where it hit #1 on the Modern Rock Tracks, "Self Esteem" hit #4, but was more successful and charted higher than "Come Out and Play" worldwide.


  • Track listings 1
    • CD single, 7" blue and 12" black vinyl 1.1
    • CD maxi 1.2
  • Music video 2
    • DVD appearances 2.1
  • Covers and other uses 3
  • Game appearances 4
  • Charts 5
    • Peak positions 5.1
    • End of year charts 5.2
    • Certifications 5.3
    • Chart successions 5.4
  • References 6

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.

Covers and other uses

  • The song has for many years been the last song played when the Offspring play a live concert.
  • The song was also transcribed in the June 1997 issue of Guitar World.

Game appearances

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[2] 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.[3]


Chart successions

Preceded by
"Tears Don't Lie" by Mark 'Oh
Swedish number-one single
February 24, 1995 - March 17, 1995 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Think Twice" by Céline Dion
Preceded by
"Think Twice" by Céline Dion
Norwegian VG-lista number-one single
15/1995 - 18/1995 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wish You Were Here" by Rednex


  1. ^ Spoken commentary on the "Self Esteem" video from Complete Music Video Collection, released 2005.
  2. ^ | Guitar Hero 6 track list includes AFI, Bad Brains, DEP, Rx Bandits, Strung Out, Ramones, Fall Out Boy
  3. ^ Gaddo, Kyle (2011-02-25). "Eleven Legacy Rock Band Tracks Getting PRO Upgrades On March 1st".  
  4. ^ " – Offspring – Self Esteem". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ " – Offspring – Self Esteem" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  6. ^ " – Offspring – Self Esteem" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ " – Offspring – Self Esteem" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 61, No. 3, February 20, 1995".  
  9. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Suomi) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi.  
  10. ^ " – Offspring – Self Esteem" (in French). Les classement single.
  11. ^ " – Offspring Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  12. ^ Irish Single Chart. Retrieved January 27, 2009.
  13. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Offspring search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  14. ^ " – Offspring – Self Esteem". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ " – Offspring – Self Esteem". VG-lista.
  16. ^ " – Offspring – Self Esteem". Singles Top 60.
  17. ^ "Offspring: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  18. ^ "The Offspring – Chart history" Billboard Radio Songs for The Offspring.
  19. ^ "The Offspring – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for The Offspring.
  20. ^ "The Offspring – Chart history" Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs for The Offspring.
  21. ^ "1995 Australian Singles Chart". aria. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  22. ^ "1995 Austrian Singles Chart" (in German). Austriancharts. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  23. ^ "1995 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  24. ^ "1995 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Single top 100 over 1995" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
  26. ^ 1995 French Singles Chart. Retrieved January 30, 2009.
  27. ^ Norwegian certifications. Retrieved January 27, 2009.
  28. ^ Swedish certifications. Retrieved January 27, 2009.
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