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Promotional single by The Smashing Pumpkins
ReleasedNovember 3, 1998
RecordedDecember 1997 - March 1998
Songwriter(s)Billy Corgan
Producer(s)Billy Corgan
The Smashing Pumpkins singles chronology
"The Everlasting Gaze"

"Crestfallen" is a track on The Smashing Pumpkins' 1998 album, Adore. Originally scheduled as the third single from the album, the song was instead released as a promotional CD in the US.[1] It received moderate play on modern rock stations but did not chart. The single's artwork is by Yelena Yemchuk.

The song features Billy Corgan on piano and vocals, with James Iha on lead guitar. It was the first song to include Corgan playing piano live, the first performance of which took place during the band's gig in Nashville during the promotional tour for Adore in the summer of 1998. The band also performed the song at the VH1 Fashion Awards on October 27, 1998. Billboard gave the song mixed reviews, describing it as "sluggish and anti-climactic", but praising its ambient qualities.[2]

In popular culture

"Crestfallen" was played at the end of the 2000 TV movie Homicide: Life Everlasting.

In 2006 Christian rock band The Evan Anthem covered "Crestfallen." [3]


The song's message is one of "Who am I?" to do this to you. According to Corgan, he was inspired by his mother's death by which he said "My mother's death helped me to refocus my priorities. It showed me the true value of my life."[4]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Billy Corgan.

US Promo CD single
2."Call Out Hook"0:10

Release history

Released Label Catalog ID Format Country Discogs MusicBrainz
November 3, 1998 Virgin 7087 6 13629 2 3 • DPRO-13629 CD US 1714611 766351a6-e576-4663-bb72-616faf583e0b [1]


AdoreMain releaseStudio
CrestfallenUS Promo CD singlePromo
The Friends & Enemies of Modern MusicBootleg
The Original F.E.M.M TapeBootleg • Compilation
Live Smashing PumpkinsLive


  1. : SPfreaks : Archived 2013-02-02 at
  2. Billboard - Google Books. 1998-11-28. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  3. "Crestfallen - The Evan Anthem : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-11-13.
  4. Milk It: Collected Musings on the Alternative Music Explosion of The '90s - Jim DeRogatis - Google Books. Retrieved 2012-11-13.

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