|Single by Goo Goo Dolls|
|from the album Dizzy Up the Girl|
|Released||September 17, 1998|
|Genre||Alternative rock, jangle pop|
|Rob Cavallo, Goo Goo Dolls|
|Goo Goo Dolls singles chronology|
"Slide" is a song recorded by American alternative rock group Goo Goo Dolls. It was released in September 1998 as the first commercial single release from their sixth studio album, Dizzy Up the Girl.
The song reached number one on the US Billboard Adult Top 40 chart, the Modern Rock Tracks chart, and the Mainstream Top 40 chart. On the Billboard Hot 100, the song peaked at number eight in February 1999. In Canada, the song debuted atop the RPM Top Singles chart on October 19, 1998, becoming the band's second number-one single on that chart after "Iris". Worldwide, "Slide" reached number 14 in Iceland, number 29 in Australia, number 36 in New Zealand and number 43 in the United Kingdom.
In a 2002 performance on VH1 Storytellers, Rzeznik explained that the song refers to a teenage girl in a strict Catholic environment who has become pregnant. She and her boyfriend are debating as to the possibility of abortion or marriage.
When the band guest starred on an episode of Sesame Street the song was reworked into "Pride"; a song sung to Elmo that celebrated the tasks he accomplished in his life; the episode aired on January 31, 2000.
Although not as successful as "Iris", "Slide" became another major hit for the Goo Goo Dolls. The song peaked atop three US Billboard charts: the Adult Top 40 chart, the Modern Rock Tracks chart, and the Mainstream Top 40 chart. On the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, the song peaked at number eight in February 1999 and became the United States' thirteenth best-selling song of 1999. In October 2012, "Slide" was ranked number nine on Billboards "Top 100 Pop Songs 1992-2012" chart, which also featured two other Goo Goo Dolls hits: "Iris" (number one) and "Name" (number 24). The Goo Goo Dolls are the only musicians to have three songs chart on the list, two breaking the top 10 and all three falling within the top 25. They are also the only musicians that have back to back singles ("Iris" and "Slide") featured on the list.
In Canada, the song accomplished a rare feat by debuting at number one on the RPM Top Singles chart, on October 19, 1998. Not counting the number-one song on the magazine's first issue, it became only the third (and final) song to debut at number one on this chart, after Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" in 1985 and Tom Cochrane's "I Wish You Well" in 1995. After its debut, "Slide" spent a second week at number one, then dropped to number four on November 2. It spent a total of 26 weeks in the top 20 and remained in the top 100 until the end of 1999. The song also reached number 22 on the RPM Adult Contemporary chart and number five on the Alternative 30 chart. It was the eighteenth highest-selling single of Canada for 1999.
Outside North America, "Slide" underperformed in most countries. It debuted at number 45 on the Australian Singles Chart on January 17, 1999, then slowly climbed up the chart until reaching its peak of number 29 on March 7. Afterwards, it dropped out of the top 30 and left the chart five weeks after peaking. Despite its low peak, it managed to earn a Gold certification for sales exceeding 35,000 copies. In neighboring New Zealand, the single first appeared at number 41 on February 21 and peaked at number 36 the following week, then spent three more weeks in the top 50. On the UK Singles Chart, "Slide" debuted and peaked at number 43 on March 27, but spent only one more week on the chart before dropping out of the top 100. On the UK Indie Chart, which ranks songs released by independent record labels, it reached number eight. It found its highest European peak in Iceland, where it charted at number 14 for two weeks.
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The music video was directed by Nancy Bardawil and partially filmed at the El Dorado Hotel on South Spring Street, Los Angeles.