"Teardrop" is a 1998 single by Massive Attack, which was first released on their 1998 album Mezzanine. It was released as a single on 27 April 1998 and became another UK hit for the group, peaking at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart.
The song features vocals by Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins and contains a sample of Les McCann's song "Sometimes I Cry". The b-side is "Euro Zero Zero" which was written by Tricky.
The song's music video featured a plastic foetus in the womb, lip-synching the song. It was directed by Walter Stern.
In the United States, the song is best known for its use as the theme song of the medical television series House MD. The instrumental portions of the song at the beginning and the end which feature a bass drum beat reminiscent of a heartbeat are used in the opening theme.
Another song, "Teardrop" has been covered by Anneke van Giersbergen, Newton Faulkner, The Getaway Plan, Simple Minds, Mika, José González, Incubus, Italian band Deasonika and Elbow, although their versions differ significantly in format and instrumentation from the original.
The single peaked at #16 in Australia. It placed number 22 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of All Time in 2009, and number 23 in the Triple J Hottest 100 of 1998, the year of its release.
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