“Second Chance” is the second single from Shinedown’s 2008 smash album, Sound Of Madness. It is one of Shinedown’s most successful singles to date. It reached the top spot on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks on December 27, 2008, then hit #1 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks on February 14, 2009, and marked the first time the band had topped multiple charts.
On June 20, 2009, “Second Chance” reached #1 on the Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks chart, almost nine months after its original release. When this happened, the song became the third to top the Modern Rock, Mainstream Rock, and Adult Top 40 charts, joining the songs “One Headlight” by The Wallflowers and “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day.
“Second Chance” is also the band’s first song to chart internationally, reaching No. 19 thus far on the Australian ARIA Charts, and No. 32 on the New Zealand RIANZ charts. It has also charted at No. 53 on the German Singles Chart. In Austria, the song has reached the top twenty at No. 13.
“Second Chance” is also notable for being the final song the legendary disc jockey Casey Kasem played before signing off the air for the final time.
Of the song’s meaning, lead singer and songwriter Brent Smith says, “It’s important for you to hear this… When I grew up, everyone was okay with being in a bubble. They were cool in their circle. That’s fine. But no one should discourage someone if they have a dream, if they want something more […] This song was difficult for me to write the lyrics to because it’s about my mother and my father, and about the day I said goodbye to them, because I had to go try, and I’m still trying, every day, to become a man. So, this song is about that. It’s about the moment that you wake up and you decide you want to go for every single dream you ever want.”
— Pointfest 22
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