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"Fade into You" was the highest charting song from alternative rock/dream pop group Mazzy Star. The song was written by lyricist Hope Sandoval and composerDavid Roback, who also served as producer. The song made the Top 5 of Billboard's Modern Rock chart in 1994, peaking at number three, and is Mazzy Star's only single to make the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #44. The song also charted at #48 on the UK Singles Chart.

It appeared on Mazzy Star's album So Tonight That I Might See, which reached #36 on the Billboard 200. The group had two other songs make the Modern Rock Top 40, ("Halah" and "Blue Flower") but they did not approach the success of "Fade Into You".

Pitchfork Media included the song at number 19 on their Top 200 Tracks of the 90s.[1] Australian alternative music radio station Triple J ranked the song the 32nd greatest of 1994.

Music videos[edit source | editbeta][]

Two music videos were completed for "Fade Into You." The first was directed by Merlyn Rosenberg and premiered on MTV in late October 1993, several weeks after the album's release. It features the band performing in front of a projection depicting white clouds in a black sky, and is interlaced with slow-motion footage of the band in various locales in the Mojave Desert. Portions of this video were filmed at the same location U2 shot the artwork for The Joshua Tree. A second music video was directed by Kevin Kerslake and first aired in February 1994. Known as the Black and White version for its mono-chromic content throughout, the intentionally grainy, distorted footage shows the band performing in a darkened Burlesque-era ballroom, and is interspersed with footage of Sandoval and Roback at various sites aroundSan Francisco, including the All Seasons Hotel (now the Crescent Hotel) and neighboring Stockton Street tunnel, coupled with genuine footage of the same sites shot in the 1930s. Only the latter music video was broadcast internationally.

Tracklistings[edit source | editbeta][]

All songs written and composed by Hope Sandoval and David Roback, except where noted.

  • UK CD Single (7243 8-81534-2-3)
  1. "Fade Into You" - 4:54
  2. "Blue Flower" - 3:35 (Peter Blegvad/Anthony Moore)
  3. "I'm Gonna Bake My Biscuit" - 3:37 (Minnie McCoy)
  • Europe CD EP (7243 8-81448-2-7) / US CD (7243 8-58121-2-5) / AUS CD (8814482)
  1. "Fade Into You" - 4:52
  2. "I'm Gonna Bake My Biscuit" - 3:37 (McCoy)
  3. "Under My Car" - 3:35
  4. "Bells Ring" (acoustic version) - 4:36
  • US 12" Vinyl (7243 8-81534-0-9)
  1. "Fade Into You" - 4:52
  2. "Five String Serenade" (album version) - 4:27 (Arthur Lee)
  3. "Under My Car" - 3:36
  4. "Bells Ring" (acoustic version) - 4:35
  • US Limited Edition EP (DPRO-79401)
  1. "Fade Into You" (Album Version) - 4:53
  2. "Into Dust" (Live) - 5:39
  3. "Ride It On" (Live) - 2:59
  4. "Ghost Highway" (Live) - 3:16
  5. "Blue Light" (Live) - 5:09
  6. "I'm Gonna Bake My Biscuit" - 3:37 (McCoy)
  7. "Under My Car" - 3:35
  8. "Bells Ring" (Acoustic Version) - 4:36
  9. "Fade Into You" (Radio Edit) - 4:16
Tracks 2-5 taken from a

November 1, 1993 MTV Europe performance.

Charts[edit source | editbeta][]

Chart (1994) Peak


Australia (ARIA)[2] 72
Canada (RPM)[3] 83
UK Singles Chart[4] 48
U.S. BillboardHot 100[5] 44
U.S. BillboardModern Rock Tracks[5] 3
U.S. BillboardTop 40 Mainstream[5] 19

Covers and tributes[edit source | editbeta][]

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  • "Fade Into You" has appeared in four different episodes of CSI: Miami.
  • The track was used in an episode of Roswell titled "Baby, It's You".[6]
  • It featured in the Without a Trace episode "Sons and Daughters".
  • The song appeared in the episode "Wishing" of Cold Case.[6]
  • The song also appeared in "You Give Me Fever", the tenth episode of the sixth season of Medium.
  • It was used in a season one episode of Gilmore Girls entitled "Rory's Dance".
  • The song appeared in the "Pilot" of Desperate Housewives.
  • It was featured in the season 4 episode "Ice" of Alias.
  • The song also appeared in the ninth episode of the fifth season of CSI: NY.[6]
  • The song was used in the third episode of NBC's Love Bites.
  • It appeared in the seventh episode ("Wallflower") of the fourth season of Fringe.[6]
  • The song was played in the fourth episode of My Mad Fat Diary.
  • The song appeared on season 1, episode 5 of Daria.
  • The song was featured in the fourth episode of The Following season 1.
  • The song was featured in season 1 of Yellowjackets 2021.