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Song by Stone Temple Pilots from the album Shangri-La Dee Da
Recorded 2000
Released June 19, 2001
Length 3:47
Live debut June 9, 2001
Writer Scott Weiland, Robert DeLeo
Producer Brendan O'Brien
Label Atlantic Records

Shangri-La Dee Da track listing
  1. Dumb Love
  2. Days Of The Week
  3. Coma
  4. Hollywood Bitch
  5. Wonderful
  6. Black Again
  7. Hello It's Late
  8. Too Cool Queenie
  9. Regeneration
  10. Bi-Polar Bear
  11. Transmissions From A Lonely Room
  12. A Song For Sleeping
  13. Long Way Home

"Wonderful" is the fifth track on the album Shangri-La Dee Da by Stone Temple Pilots.


Album Version

Scott Weiland (MTV 04 May 2001): "Of all the ballads that we've ever put out, this is probably my favorite, more so than 'Creep,' more so than 'Big Empty,' more so than 'Lady Picture Show.' It's probably the most well-written song that we've ever done. It's also a love song for my wife. Sometimes when I'm lying in bed with Mary in the morning, and she's still sleeping, I wonder, 'What would she do if I died? What would I do if she died?' It's a what-if song."

Scott Weiland (MTV 01 June 2001): "Robert and I wrote it while we were on tour. We were in the dressing room, and it started off [with] just my voice and Robert playing acoustic guitar. Over the next couple months, we did different recordings of it onto DAT in arena dressing rooms and bathrooms, because they're really big and [have] lots of reverb. My initial thought was to take it in kind of a Nick Drake direction. But as we started doing demos, it kind of felt like, "Well, it's such a great song that it could make a real imprint on pop music and we might be doing it a disservice to just have it completely stripped down." We decided to play with a few different arrangements. There were some battles back and forth [with O'Brien], because this is one of those songs that we knew was real important. We've always walked a fine line between experimenting with different instrumentation and acoustic music ... to punk rock and everything in between. Of all the ballads that we've ever put out, this is probably my favorite. More so than "Creep," "Big Empty" [or] "Lady Picture Show." It's probably the most well-written song that we've ever done. It's also a love song for my wife."[1]

Family Values Version

During the Sacramento show on the Family Values Tour, Scott Weiland announced that "Linkin Park and STP are putting a song together and it should be out fairly soon."[2] For years it has been thought that "Wonderful" was performed live with Chester Bennington for a radio station in the middle of the Family Values Tour. A few lucky winners of a contest supposedly had the chance to watch the performance.

It was later confirmed by the band's management this was not true: "Wonderful was never actually recorded live with him, just in a studio (the fan noise you hear on the Family Values CD was added in later)."[3] Besides being completely recorded in the studio, the song was recorded after the Family Values Tour, possibly in 2002 since that's when Scott first started to sing "Aaaahhh-Ahhh" over the solo.

"Wonderful" was set to be the album's first single and would be sent to U.S. radio outlets for airplay consideration in March 2002, but instead, Elektra opted to send a sampler featuring various album tracks to U.S. radios.[4]

Chester says "Wonderful" is his favorite song off Shangri-La Dee Da[5] and, overall, one of his favorite Stone Temple Pilots songs.[6]

Music Video

A video treatment was developed for the Family Values version of "Wonderful" and included live footage from the tour along with shots of Linkin Park.[7]

Since the single was cancelled, the video was never released.


Note: Only the date of the very first release of each version is listed.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Wonderful Shangri-La Dee Da 3:47 2000 June 19, 2001
Wonderful The Family Values Tour 2001

The Family Values Tour 2001 Sampler

4:15 2001 May 7, 2002
  • Features vocals by Chester Bennington.
  • Studio recording with fan noise added in.
Wonderful Wonderful 4:22 2001 May 7, 2002
  • Extra crowd noise before the song.
  • Fades at the end.
Wonderful (Instrumental) Wicked Synch Sampler 3:48 2000 May 1, 2008
  • Official instrumental version.


Title Album Length Recorded Released Notes
Wonderful Thank You November 11, 2003
  • Bootleg Footage (audience recording).
  • DVD only.



Shangri-La Dee Da

Stone Temple Pilots
  • Scott Weiland – vocals
  • Dean DeLeo – guitars
  • Robert DeLeo – bass, percussion, guitar, acoustic guitar, keyboards
  • Eric Kretz – drums, keyboards


  • Brendan O'Brien – producer, mixing
  • Nick DiDia – recording engineer
  • Doug Grean – engineer
  • Billy Bowers – engineer
  • Karl Egsieker – recording, mixing
  • Ryan Williams – mixing
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Erin Haley, Cheryl Mondello – production coordinators
  • Gregory Sylvester – art direction
  • Chapman Baehler – art direction, photography

The Family Values 2001 Tour

Stone Temple Pilots

  • Dean DeLeo – Guitar
  • Robert DeLeo – Bass, Backing vocals
  • Eric Kretz – Drums, Percussion
  • Scott Weiland – Lead vocals

Additional Musicians

  • Chester Bennington – Vocals


  • Recorded by Le Mobil
  • Guy Charbonneau - Engineer
  • Jeff Kwatinetz, Korn - Executive Producer
  • Josh Abraham - Producer


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