Label
Warner Bros.
Release date
20 Mar 2006
Running length
16 tracks
Running time
68:18

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 By the Way 3:36 1,031,122
2 Universally Speaking 4:18 545,395
3 This Is the Place 4:16 361,718
4 Dosed 5:10 409,656
5 Don't Forget Me 4:36 404,054
6 The Zephyr Song 3:51 636,556
7 Can't Stop 4:28 856,504
8 I Could Die for You 3:12 387,058
9 Midnight 4:54 321,089
10 Throw Away Your Television 3:43 346,583
11 Cabron 3:37 338,094
12 Tear 5:15 305,538
13 On Mercury 3:26 313,436
14 Minor Thing 3:36 315,263
15 Warm Tape 4:15 267,184
16 Venice Queen 6:05 307,181

About this album

By the Way is the eighth studio album by American alternative rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, released on July 9, 2002 on Warner Bros. Records. It sold over 282,000 copies in the first week, and peaked at number two on the Billboard 200. The singles from the album included “By the Way”, “The Zephyr Song”, “Can’t Stop”, “Dosed” and “Universally Speaking”. The lyrical subject matter vocalist Anthony Kiedis addresses in By the Way is a divergence from previous Chili Peppers albums, with Kiedis taking a more candid and reflective approach to his lyricism.

By the Way was applauded by critics as a departure from the band’s previous styles, and is recognized for the melodic and subdued emotions given by the Chili Peppers. Guitarist John Frusciante is credited with writing most of the album’s melodies, bass lines, and guitar progressions, therefore changing the direction of the recording dramatically: “his warm, understated guitar work and his doo-wop style vocal harmonies are king this time around.” By the Way contained virtually none of the signature punk-funk fusion the band had become known for playing. Frusciante considered that writing “By the Way one of the happiest times in my life.”

Following a life threatening drug addiction that caused him to leave the Chili Peppers in 1992, Frusciante made a full recovery after a month of drug rehabilitation in the early months of 1998. Shortly thereafter he was asked to rejoin the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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  • focus992

    my feelings for this album were always like this album is 'too sweet' compared to other albums. I mean songs like Dosed, Zephyr Song or Cabron are really too fricking CUTE :). But then i realised that last 3 songs of this cd are probably my favorite tunes out of this album haha :). Cheers !

    9 Mar 2:19pm Reply
  • RougeOF1212

    First album I can remember hearing as a kid. I dunno if it was or not though.

    26 Feb 2:21pm Reply
  • neodude991

    Haters gonna hate, but this is my favorite album of RHCP [23] Also, 1st album I ever brought.

    24 Feb 4:03am Reply
  • pogoshrooms

    ★★★★★

    12 Oct 2013 Reply
  • bachuq

    BEST <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

    10 Sep 2013 Reply
  • welltalent

    This album reminds me 2002.

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • TheMsGrunge

    Haters gonna hate, but this and Blood Sugar Sex Magik are my favorite albums of RHCP. [2]

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • MarcelPessoa

    This is my favorite album of RHCP !!

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • EpicGeeza36

    'By The Way' and 'Don't Forget Me' are cool tracks, love 'Venice Queen' otherwise not a massive fan of the album

    25 Jul 2013 Reply
  • donkukis

    Don't you have anything of your own to say instead of repeating other people's opinions? [3] hahahahahah [2] LOL.

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
  • hungry_mouth

    Mi favorito.

    16 Mar 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    Replace One Hot Minute with Stadium Arcadium or Mother's Milk and we're cool...

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • k_naruchiha94

    "Don't you have anything of your own to say instead of repeating other people's opinions?" Haters gonna hate, but this and Blood Sugar Sex Magik are my favorite albums of RHCP.

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • WS9167

    it's up there with BSSM, Californication and OHM.

    12 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Freshed_Fisch

    66 minutes full of beautiful music.

    9 Feb 2013 Reply
  • bilgee0629

    Don't you have anything of your own to say instead of repeating other people's opinions? [2] hahahahahah

    23 Nov 2012 Reply
  • thebackupplan89

    Don't you have anything of your own to say instead of repeating other people's opinions?

    14 Nov 2012 Reply
  • WS9167

    Not a bad album

    30 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Gee_Silva

    Haters gonna hate, but this my favourite album of RHCP [15] After this one comes Stadium Arcadium.

    21 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Redlips_tick

    Haters gonna hate, but this is my favorite album of RHCP [22]

    18 Oct 2012 Reply
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