Weezer

Buddy Holly

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The most immediately infectious song on Weezer's debut album (as well as their biggest hit, thanks in no small part to Spike Jonze's hilarious and inventive video, which inserted the band into an episode of Happy Days), "Buddy Holly" is short, brash, incredibly catchy, and utterly charming. Frontman Rivers Cuomo's lyrics, as always, don't actually make a lot of sense and the singalong chorus has absolutely nothing to do with the nonsensical verses; really, the song is as much about hooks like the "hoo-hoo" backing vocals and bassist Matt Sharp's falsetto lead-in to each chorus as anything else. The ultra-crunchy, distorted guitars clash agreeably with the bubblegummy melody, giving the song a feel akin to a classic T. Rex single. What's odd is that a song with such a peculiar structure (the opening, with Cuomo singing over a roar of guitars, sounds like the CD has started reading the disc several seconds into the song, and the ending is equally abrupt) could immediately become so popular, testament to Cuomo's under-acknowledged gift for writing smart, funny, and catchy pop songs. The Moog Cookbook recorded a tongue-in-cheek synthesizer version for their self-titled 1995 debut.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Weezer [Blue Album] 1994 Geffen 2:39
MTV Fresh 1995
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution
Most Wanted 1995 1998
Various Artists
Ghe 2:41
MTV 20: Pop 2001
Various Artists
Maverick / Warner Bros. 2:39
Whatever: The '90s Pop and Culture Box 2005
Various Artists
Rhino 2:40
20th Century Masters: Best of 90s Rock 2006
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 2:40
Rockopilatorio 2007
Various Artists
Def Jam / Digital / Island / Universal / Universal Music 2:39
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Universal 2:40
Life is Music 2008
Various Artists
Studio Brussel / EMI 2:40
Pure Rock [Universal] 2009
Various Artists
Universal Music Group 2:38
iTunes Originals 2010 Interscope 2:40
Latest & Greatest Guitar Heroes 2013
Various Artists
USM Media
100 Hits: Driving Rock [2013] 2013
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection / Union Square Music 2:40
90s Anthems: The Ultimate Collection [2014] 2014
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection / Universal 0:00
NOW: 25 Top Hits of the 1990's 2014
Various Artists
Universal 2:39
100 Rock
Various Artists
Universal 2:39
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 2:39
90s Mixtape
Various Artists
Universal 2:40
Cool-Rock
Various Artists
Universal 2:39
No Image
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI
Now! That's What I Call Running 2014
Various Artists
Sony Music / Universal 2:40
Pure Rock, Pt. 3
Various Artists
Universal 2:39
Road Trip Sing-Along Songs
Various Artists
Universal 2:41