For No Apparent Reason, Random ‘Dinosaur Jr.’ Song From the 90’s Just Hit Billboard Charts In Japan

Anybody remember Dinosaur Jr.?


Yeah, us neither. 

But, according to their website, they are a rock band from Amherst, Massachusetts that formed in 1984.

The band has released 11 studio albums over the course of the past 35 years (with a long hiatus between 1997 and 2007 thrown in there.) . So it sounds weird that we don’t know them, right?


It sounds not unlike literally every other 90s grunge-rock band.  So maybe we just lost it in the wash of memory somewhere.

Why are we talking about this? 

Because, for SOME REASON, the song above (entitled “Over Your Shoulder”) is currently topping the charts in Japan.

No, seriously.

From Pitchfork:

“’Over Your Shoulder’ was never released as a single, and has not been reissued in any capacity in Japan recently. It does not appear in a new popular film, nor does it appear to soundtrack a meme or viral video.”

“Pitchfork has been unable to source the video or videos that garnered these plays; Billboard was also unable to find the source of the 8 million views.”

“It is possible that the videos in question are region-locked to Japan.”

Some people believe they solved the mystery, by pointing to a popular television show that the song appeared in.

But as the show was only on the air between 1999 and 2003, that doesn’t really explain things happening in 2019.

Without A Sound, the album containing “Over Your Shoulder,” was released in 1994.  It has taken anywhere between 16 and 25 years for this song to be noticed at this level.

But, fans of the band aren’t mad about it.

The mystery of why this song is suddenly number one in Japan is really not looking like it’s going to get solved.

Billboard Japan says:

“The likely answer is that some unknown user uploaded a video or videos using these songs, which were then viewed enough times for the songs to make significant inroads into the ranking.”

But nobody is very clear on specifics.

But for you 90s grunge-heads, this is good news.  Some more bands could be dragged out of obscurity at this rate.