All You Wanted

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"All You Wanted"
Single by Michelle Branch
from the album The Spirit Room
Released January 22, 2002 (2002-01-22)
Recorded 2001
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 3:37
Label Maverick
Writer(s) Michelle Branch
Producer(s) John Shanks
Michelle Branch singles chronology
"Everywhere"
(2001)
"All You Wanted"
(2002)
"The Game of Love"
(2002)
Alternative covers
Australian Cover

"All You Wanted" is a song by Michelle Branch, released as the second single from her debut album The Spirit Room. It has been her biggest hit to date as a solo artist, reaching number 3 in New Zealand, and peaking at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, the week of May 25, 2002.

Background and composition[edit]

"All You Wanted" was written by Branch and produced by John Shanks.[1] "If you want to/I can save you/I can take you away from here," she wails over a crumbling wall of guitars.[2] Lyrically, it talks about a heartbreak.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

James McGrath from IGN wrote: "The song features some nice guitar work and again, an insanely catchy chorus. This is the song that surged album sales and increased her fan base by tons."[4] Sean Richardson wrote for Boston Phoenix that "The song is the emotional flipside to "Everywhere": slower and more angst-ridden than its predecessor, it cuts a little deeper but carries the same kind of pop kick."[2] Sputnikmusic commented: "All You Wanted can be remembered for the acoustic intro which leads to the opening line 'I wanted... to be like you.' After hearing the first 3 songs, it is apparent what separates Michelle Branch from the artists she was compared to; her songs can relate to the young girls in relationships without simultaneously cock-blocking their boyfriends."[5]

Track listings[edit]

Australian CD Single[6]
  1. All You Wanted
  2. Everywhere (Acoustic Version)
  3. If Only She Knew

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Liz Friedlander. It begins with Branch entering a club where her boyfriend is. During the chorus, everything around her freezes, and she takes the opportunity to sing at him, "If you want to, I can save you, I can take you away from here..." assuming he cannot hear her. They then go on a bus together, she sits down, assuming he will sit next to her, but he runs into friends, and he ignores her.

She again sings at him during the chorus. After they exit the bus, it begins to rain and her surroundings are again, frozen, and she sings at him, but she then notices that her boyfriend's watch is still ticking. When she realizes this, her boyfriend looks at her, the rain is still stopped. She realizes he was able to hear everything she said before the rain begins to pour again, and she runs away.

In 2002, the video was nominated on MTV Video Music Awards in 2 categories: Best Female Video and Best Pop Video.

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Peak Position
2002 Australian ARIA Singles Chart 25[7]
UK Singles Chart 33
US Billboard Hot 100 6
Netherlands Single Charts 84[8]
New Zealand Singles Chart 3[9]
Indonesian Singles Chart 2
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40[10] 2
Billboard Adult Contemporary US 30

End of year charts[edit]

Year Country Ranking
2002 Australia 87[11]
2002 United States 23

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonas, Lianas. "The Spirit Room Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Richardson, Sean (May 16, 2002). "Music | DIY Divas". Boston Phoenix. Retrieved June 9, 2012. 
  3. ^ Luerssen D., JOhn (August 13, 2001). "Michelle Branch: The Spirit Room : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ McGrath, James (2003-09-04). "The Spirit Room Review". IGN. Retrieved 2010-04-17. 
  5. ^ "Michelle Branch - The Spirit Roo (album review) | Sputnikmusic". Sputnikmusic. June 1, 2009. Retrieved June 9, 2012. 
  6. ^ "All You Wanted: Michelle Branch: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "Michelle Branch - All You Wanted". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Michelle Branch - All You Wanted". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Michelle Branch - All You Wanted". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  10. ^ "Michelle Branch Album & Song Chart History - Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  11. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2002". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 

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