The song was one of the last tracks to be written for Astro Lounge , after the band's record label Interscope requested for more songs that could be released as singles. In writing it, Camp drew musical influence from contemporary music by artists like Sugar Ray and Third Eye Blind , and sought out to create an "anthem" for outcasts. In contrast to the more ska punk style of Smash Mouth's debut album Fush Yu Mang , the song features a more radio-friendly style. The song received generally positive reviews from music critics , who praised its musical progression from Fush Yo Mang as well as its catchy tone. Subsequent reviews from critics have regarded "All Star" favorably, with some ranking it as one of the best songs of
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Freedom of Speech. For almost everyone who heard Smash Mouth, this was their defining song. Shrek would give the song a second life in , and YouTube would launch it back into popular culture nearly a decade later. Steve Harwell lead vocalist : We came off Fush Yu Mang , and we had all that success with that record.
Online , the song is frequently referenced in ironic meme communities and has been widely remixed, covered and parodied. Additionally, scenes from the film were used in the official music video for the track shown below, left. In , the animated film Shrek was released, which featured "All Star" during the film's opening sequence shown below, right. Within four years, the video garnered upwards of 1,09 million views and 1, comments. On February 3rd, , YouTuber Advicecersas uploaded a short animation titled "Somebody Once Told Me," featuring a 3D model of Shrek bursting out of an outhouse while saying "donkey" shown below, left. On September 18th, , YouTuber Cyranek uploaded an airhorn remix of the song shown below, right. The album received many positive reviews from critics and gained over , plays on SoundCloud  over the next several years. This was followed with the release of a "prequel" album Mouth Silence shown below released on July 19th, , an album which also followed the format of Mouth Sounds featuring mashups of Top 40 hits.
It lives in a weird range for me—too low or high depending on the octave I choose. The bar flipped its shit when it came on. The song had been out for eight years at that point, but nobody could keep from smiling as they screamed the lyrics back at me. This is perhaps no better represented than through the hundreds of "All Star" mashups, covers, and parodies online. Though its meme-ification may have been driven by irony, it was quickly absorbed by the pure joy and fun the song exudes. Cosgrove had been listening to the two songs back to back what is this amazing playlist? Out of nowhere, that became my 'thing'. Anyone making mashups or YouTube videos is just the right age for Shrek to have been their childhood movie. They are immensely satisfying pop songs.