Chop Suey!

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"Chop Suey!"
Song by System of a Down
from the album Toxicity
ReleasedAugust 13, 2001
RecordedMarch 2001
GenreNu metal, alternative metal, progressive metal, thrash metal
LabelAmerican, Columbia
Songwriter(s)Daron Malakian, Serj Tankian
Producer(s)Daron Malakian, Rick Rubin, Serj Tankian

"Chop Suey!" is the first single off of American rock band System of a Down's second studio album Toxicity. The song was released on August 13, 2001.

The song was able to make it to #7 on the Alternative Airplay, #12 on the Mainstream Rock, and #76 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.[1][2][3] The song was certified Platinum by both the Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana (FIMI) and British Phonographic Industry (BPI). It was also certified 5× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[4][5][6] The song was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 44th Grammy Awards but lost to Tool's "Schism".[7] The song has over 1 billion streams on Spotify.[8]

During an interview, guitarist Daron Malakian explained the meaning of the song: "The song is about how we are regarded differently depending on how we pass. Everyone deserves to die. Like, if I were now to die from drug abuse, they might say I deserved it because I abused dangerous drugs. Hence the line, 'I cry when angels deserve to die.'"[9]

A music video for the song was released. It was directed by Marcos Siega. In the video, the band plays in from of a crowd in the parking lot of a motel. Serj is also seen eating chop suey while sitting with fans. Different editing techniques are used in the video to make it look like the band members are going through each other when performing. [10] The music video has over one billion views on YouTube.[11]

Rapper Lil Uzi Vert covered the song for their third studio album Pink Tape. The cover got mixed reviews but Serj said he approved of it.[12]

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  1. "System of a Down - Alternative Airplay Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  2. "System of a Down - Mainstream Rock Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  3. "System of a Down - Hot 100 Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  4. "System of a Down – Chop Suey!". Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  5. "System of a Down – Chop Suey!". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  6. "System of a Down – Chop Suey!". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  7. "44th Annual Grammy Awards: Winners & Nominees". Grammy Awards. Retrieved September 25, 2023.
  8. "System of a Down's 'Chop Suey!' Hits 1 Billion Streams on Spotify". Loudwire. Retrieved September 24, 2023.
  9. "A Deep Dive into System of a Down's Chop Suey! Video". Kerrang!. Archived from the original on June 21, 2020. Retrieved September 25, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  10. "A deep dive into System Of A Down's Chop Suey! video". Kerrang!. Retrieved September 24, 2023.
  11. "System Of A Down's 'Chop Suey!' reaches one billion views on YouTube". NME. Retrieved September 24, 2023.
  12. "System Of A Down members respond to Lil Uzi Vert's Chop Suey! cover". Kerrang!. Retrieved September 24, 2023.

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