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