"All the Small Things" is a song by American rock band Blink-182. It was the second single released from the band's third album Enema of the State. The track was composed primarily by guitarist Tom DeLonge as both an ode to his girlfriend (later wife) Jennifer Jenkins and one of his favorite punk groups, the Ramones. Recorded in Los Angeles with producer Jerry Finn, the song was created with the intention of shipping it to radio, as the trio felt they needed a single "really catchy and basic."
"All the Small Things" can be traced back to when the trio first began writing songs for Enema of the State at DML Studios. DeLonge had just bought his first home in San Diego, and bought two to three thousand dollars worth of foam padding to insulate his room. By this point, most of the tracks present on Enema of the State had been written, but DeLonge felt the album needed "just one song that was really catchy and basic." "I remember thinking, 'The label's gonna want a song for the radio – so here's one,'" said DeLonge. "It was obvious from the beginning it would fit that format." He wrote the track about Jennifer Jenkins, his longtime girlfriend since high school that he would eventually marry. The lyrics "She left me roses on the stairs / Surprises let me know she cares" are based on an incident in which Jenkins left roses on the stairs after DeLonge returned home late from recording. DeLonge had wanted to write a track including "na na na's" as an ode to one of his favorite bands, the Ramones. "It was one of the last songs we recorded," DeLonge told Kerrang!, "because it was simple it wasn't that much fun to play. But once we put it all together and played it as a band we all looked at each other and said, 'This song's huge!'"
The guitar riff cycles around chords C, F and G (I, IV and V in C), a familiar chord progression. The texture on the track is due to several overdubs playing various inversions and extensions of the main chords. The bass guitar stays on C while the guitars move to F, creating a 2nd inversion chord.
Q called the song "one of those power-pop tunes that the Americans get soooo right," joking, "[it] has more hooks than the Fishing Channel."Rolling Stone dubbed it the band's "most subtle song about sex," calling it one of the album's classic singles.
"Once we recorded this song and heard it, it gave us the chills. We just looked at each other and knew we had this little piece of magic. We knew that thing was going to be a gigantic thing, I don't know how, but we just felt it straight away."
— Tom DeLonge, reflecting on the song's creation
The song proved influential on the pop punk genre, with a host of young musicians emulating its sound. "It blended punk attitude with pop songwriting so much better than other bands," said Simple Plan bassist David Desrosiers.
The video was named "Best Video" at the 2000 Kerrang! Awards, as well as nabbing "Best Group Video" at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards. "I was a little surprised it went over so well," recalled Marcos Siega, director of the clip, commenting that he felt it would offend viewers of TRL and boy band fans. "I think we had the opposite effect. In some ways, I think that video put Blink at that sort of pop level with those other bands. We were making fun of them, but it kind of became [what it was making fun of]." "Blink now had the backing of a major record company […] just like the synthesized pop acts they were spoofing," said British journalist Tim Footman. "In what way were they less 'pop' than Sugar Ray and 98 Degrees?" Matt Diehl, author of the book My So-Called Punk, called the basis for satire thin: "To seasoned ears, Blink-182 sounded and looked just as manufactured as the pop idols they were poking fun at." In a similar vein, in 2011, The New York Times wrote, "Fame doesn’t discriminate based on origin, though: soon the group was as famous as those it was parodying."
During rehearsals for the video, bassist Mark Hoppus met his future wife, Skye Everly. According to a 2004 interview, Everly, who was then an MTV talent executive, initially said no to dating Hoppus: "Tom [DeLonge] always used to embarrass me. Any girl he'd talk to, he'd say, 'Hey, you wanna go on a date with Mark?' He asked Skye [Everly], my wife, who looked at me and said 'No.' That's how it all started." Hoppus would marry Everly on December 2, 2000.
"All the Small Things" served as the second single from Irish pop rap duo Jedward's debut studio album, Planet Jedward. The single was released on July 16, 2010. The song performed relatively modestly, peaking at number 21 on the Irish Charts and at number 6 on the UK Indie Chart.