No One Knows (4:39)

Cover of Songs for the Deaf

From Songs for the Deaf and 45 other releases

“No One Knows” is a song by American hard rock band Queens of the Stone Age written by band members Josh Homme, Nick Oliveri and Mark Lanegan. It was the first single and second track from their third album, Songs for the Deaf, and was released on November 26, 2002. “No One Knows” was a chart success, becoming the band’s only single to top the US Modern Rock charts. The song was also critically acclaimed, receiving a nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 2003 Grammy Awards.

According to Homme, “No One Knows” existed before the recording sessions for Songs for the Deaf:

We have patience with music, a year or five years down the road it may kind of rewrite itself and become what it’s supposed to be. There’s two songs on this record that are over five years old, you know? ‘God is the Radio’ and ‘No One Knows’.

The main guitar riff of the song originally appeared on the track “Cold Sore Superstars” from Can You See Under My Thumb? There You Are, the seventh volume of Homme side-project The Desert Sessions. Recording for Songs for the Deaf began in March 2002 at three studios across California. Though the liner notes credit Homme and Eric Valentine with producing the majority of the album – including “No One Knows” – Homme credits Valentine with merely recording the beginning of the album for contractual reasons, and departing the project to leave recording and producing duties to the band and Adam Kasper.

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