Wasteland (10 Years song)

"Wasteland" is a single released by alternative metal band 10 Years in 2005. It is their debut single from their first major release, The Autumn Effect. The song reached number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart in February 2006 during its twenty-seventh week on the chart, making it one of the slowest-rising number-one singles in the chart's history.[2] It also spent an unprecedented ten weeks at the number two position on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.[3] In December 2017, the RIAA gave "Wasteland" a gold certification for selling 500,000 copies.[4]

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Single by 10 Years
from the album The Autumn Effect
ReleasedJune 7, 2005
GenreAlternative metal, alternative rock[1]
  • Jesse Hasek
  • Ryan Johnson
  • Brian Vodinh
  • Matt Wantland
Producer(s)Josh Abraham
10 Years singles chronology
"Through the Iris"

The song was originally featured on the band's independent second album Killing All That Holds You, produced by Travis Wyrick. The album was eventually reissued with four acoustic tracks. The acoustic tracks were recorded live by Mike D for Lakeside Studios.

Music videoEdit

The first music video was a representation of the song and featured Jesse Hasek's cousin actor, Brad Renfro, who, having had a long struggle with drug abuse, was the inspiration for the song.[5] It was directed by Scott Lee. This music video has been removed from many websites including YouTube.

A second music video was a metaphorical representation using a fish flopping around on a dry lake bed. Directed by Chris Simms, this version can only be seen online.

The third and final music video released for the song addressed the social problem of human rights around the world. This video was directed by Kevin Kerslake. The video received nominations for Best Direction and Best Art Direction at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.

In Brazil, this song was featured in a promotional video for the TV series Heroes.

The first and second music videos used the recording of the song from the album Killing All That Holds You, while the final video used the re-recorded version from The Autumn Effect.

The third video, directed by Kevin Kerslake for Amnesty International shows various victims of human rights violations from around the world.


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000[6]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Chart performanceEdit

Chart (2005–06) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 94
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[9] 1
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[10] 2


  1. ^ https://consequenceofsound.net/2017/07/ranking-every-alternative-rock-hit-from-worst-to-best/2/
  2. ^ "10 Years: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved Feb 9, 2016.
  3. ^ "10 Years: Mainstream Rock Tracks". Billboard. Retrieved Feb 9, 2016.
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved 2018-02-18.
  5. ^ "Interview: 10 Years". ARTISTdirect. Retrieved Mar 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "American certifications – 10 Years". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  7. ^ "American single certifications – 10 Years – Wasteland". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  8. ^ "10 Years Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  9. ^ "10 Years Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  10. ^ "10 Years Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2017.

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