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Come Clean (song)

"Come Clean" is a song that is written by Kara DioGuardi and John Shanks, and produced by Shanks for American singer Hilary Duff's debut album, Metamorphosis (2003). It was released as the album's second single in 2004 (see 2004 in music). In Australia, Festival Records released the CD single on January 20, 2004 (see 2004 in music).

It is on the video game Karaoke Revolution Volume 3.

Music and subject matter

"Come Clean" is a moderately fast song in a tempo of 120 beats per minute and in the key of G-sharp minor 7. Duff cited the song as her favorite on Metamorphosis, saying it is "a little more mellow" than her previous single, "So Yesterday", "but it's not really pop music. It sounds sort of like techno, but it's slow. It's really cool. She said about the song's subject matter,

'Come Clean' is obviously about a boy and a girl's relationship and it's just talking about how somebody thinks they're in the dark. She's tired of it and he's tired of it and they're coming clean, whether it means they're gonna be together or not. They're laying all the cards out on the table and coming out with everything that hasn't been said basically.

Music video

The single's music video was directed by Dave Meyers and filmed in Los Angeles on November 23 2003. Meyers said of the video, "I'm trying to do something where you're taking her [Duff] very seriously ... very dramatic and very feminine, and sort of almost sensual. I don't think we've ever seen that from her. She's been a bit of a pop icon, so I'm just trying to give her a bit more credibility on an artist front."

In the video, Duff is shown in her house during a rainy day (reflecting the rain reference in the song), walking from room to room. Her friends arrive and watch television with her in the living room. The rainstorm intensifies over the course of the day, and the interior scenes are intercut with shots of a man in a car. At the end of the video, the man arrives at her house, and Duff ventures into the rain to talk to him. According to Meyers, "We never do know if the guy in the end is a boyfriend or friend or what the drama is. It's just all very photogenic and sophisticated and not too colorful." Duff said that the video "really shows that she's kind of in this monotone mood throughout the whole thing. She doesn't show too much emotion except that she's waiting for this boy, this guy, to come. You can't tell when they're running toward each other if they're gonna kiss or they're gonna hug or they're gonna hit each other. It's a bunch of different emotions."

In the U.S., the video premiered on MTV's Total Request Live on January 14 2004. It entered the show's top ten video countdown the following day at number eight, and spent twenty-five days on the countdown, peaking at number three. The video was nominated in the category of Best Pop Video at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards.

Single release and other uses

During a performance of "Come Clean" on MTV's New Year's Eve 2004 special, the vocal track Duff was lip-synching to skipped, forcing Duff to sing the final lines of the song live.

The song was used in the theatrical trailer for the 2004 film A Cinderella Story, which stars Duff. It was used as the theme song for the MTV reality television shows Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County and Newport Harbor: The Real Orange County, and it is included on the soundtrack album for Laguna Beach. A remix of the song was released on Duff's 2005 compilation album, Most Wanted.

An episode of the television series Robot Chicken, "Toy Meets Girl", includes a spoof theatrical trailer of The Diary of Anne Frank starring Duff. Included in the trailer is a version of "Come Clean" that features different lyrics in the chorus.


Chart (2004) Peak
Argentina Top 40 Singles 3
Australia Singles Top 50 17
Belgium Singles Top 50 33
Canada Singles Hot 100 7
Dutch Top 40 8
France Singles Top 100 29
Ireland Singles Top 50 16
México Top 100 6
Norway Singles Top 20 (VG lista) 9
New Zealand Top 40 17
Spain Singles Top 100 12
Swiss Singles Top 100 78
UK Singles Top 75 18
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 35
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 6
Chart (2005) Peak
Norway Singles Top 20 (VG lista) 5

Track listings


  1. "Come Clean" (radio mix)
  2. "Come Clean" (rhythmic mix)
  3. "Come Clean" (acoustic version)
  4. Hilary Speaks
  5. "Come Clean" (multimedia track)


  1. "Come Clean"
  2. "Why Not"

  1. "Come Clean"
  2. "Come Clean" [Joe Bermudez & Josh Harris main mix]
  3. "Come Clean" [Cut to the Chase club mix - radio edit]
  4. "Come Clean" (video)
  5. Enhanced with photo gallery, lyrics screen and screen saver


  • 1 Come Clean [Cut To The Chase Radio Remix] 3:29
  • 2 Come Clean [Flood Remix Radio] 3:44
  • 3 Come Clean [Joe Bermudez & Josh Harris Main Mix] 3:35
  • 4 Come Clean [Cut To The Chase Club Extended Club Mix] 5:31
  • 5 Come Clean [Flood Remix Club] 9:42


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