"Broadway"
German maxi-single artwork
Single by Goo Goo Dolls
from the album Dizzy Up the Girl
Released2000
Length3:58
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)John Rzeznik
Producer(s)
Goo Goo Dolls singles chronology
"Black Balloon"
(1999)
"Broadway"
(2000)
"Here Is Gone"
(2002)
Music video
"Broadway" on YouTube

"Broadway" is a song recorded by the Goo Goo Dolls. The song was released in 2000 as the last single from their sixth studio album, Dizzy Up the Girl (1998). Although not as popular as the albums previous singles "Iris" and "Slide", the song still managed to hit number 24 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 84 on the Billboard year-end Hot 100 singles of 2000. The single also peaked number 7 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart and number 6 on the Icelandic Singles Chart.

Content

The song refers to the street on which many popular young-adult hangouts were located in a previous generation in Buffalo, New York. The young culture migrated to other parts of the city, leaving the "old man's bars".

The lyrics "Broadway is dark tonight | See the young man sitting in the old man's bar | Waiting for his turn to die," may loosely allude to Broadway theaters in New York City dimming their house lights. This has, historically, been done in honor of recently deceased, respected individuals in the industry. The tradition began when actress Gertrude Lawrence died in September 1952.[1]

Track listings

German maxi-single[2]

  1. "Broadway" (album version)
  2. "Naked" (live version)
  3. "Black Balloon" (live version)

Australian maxi-single[3]

  1. "Broadway" – 3:57
  2. "Black Balloon" – 4:11
  3. "Slide" – 3:32
  4. "Naked" (live) – 3:55
  5. "Black Balloon" (live) – 3:42

Charts

References

  1. ^ Pollak, Michael (October 17, 2014). "A Brief History of Dimming the Lights on Broadway". The New York Times. Retrieved August 27, 2020.
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  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Goo Goo Dolls – Broadway". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved October 9, 2020.
  4. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7220." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 7215." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  7. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 7219." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  8. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 20 (8.6–15.6 2000)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). June 9, 2000. p. 12. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
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  13. ^ "Goo Goo Dolls Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  14. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 100". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). January 5, 2001. p. 10. Retrieved February 8, 2020.
  15. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 2000". Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
  16. ^ "Most Played Adult Top 40 Songs of 2000" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 8 no. 51. December 22, 2000. p. 48. Retrieved February 17, 2021.
  17. ^ "Most Played Mainstream Top 40 Songs of 2000" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 8 no. 51. December 22, 2000. p. 54. Retrieved March 28, 2021.