Barely Breathing

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"Barely Breathing"
Single by Duncan Sheik
from the album Duncan Sheik
B-side "Home"
Released November 12, 1996
Format CD single, Cassette single
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:15 (Album version)
3:56 (Radio edit)
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Duncan Sheik
Duncan Sheik singles chronology
"Barely Breathing"
(1996)
"She Runs Away"
(1997)
Music sample
A sample from "Barely Breathing" by Duncan Sheik

"Barely Breathing" is the first single from the Gold-plus debut album of American singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik.

Details[edit]

Originally intended as a "throwaway" track written to complete the album,[citation needed] the song became Sheik's breakout hit, entering the top 20 of the U.S. Billboard charts, peaking at #16, and holding steady for 55 weeks. "Barely Breathing" also hit #19 on the Hot Adult Contemporary chart.[1] At the time, it was the fourth longest-running single in the Hot 100.[2] It ranked #88 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s, and #8 on their 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 90s list.

Additionally, "Barely Breathing" earned Sheik a BMI Award for Most Played Song of the Year in 1997 and a Grammy nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1998.[3]

The song was most recently covered in the 4th episode of the 4th season of the American musical comedy-drama television series, Glee [4] by the late Cory Monteith and Darren Criss as the characters Finn Hudson and Blaine Anderson respectively.

Track listing[edit]

  • US CD Single:
  1. "Barely Breathing" - 4:15
  2. "Home" - 4:48
  • UK CD Single:
  1. "Barely Breathing (Radio Edit)" - 3:57
  2. "The End of Outside (Live)" - 5:02
  3. "Rubbed Out" - 5:19
  • Alternate CD Single:
  1. "Barely Breathing (Radio Edit)" - 3:56
  2. "Barely Breathing (Album Version)" - 4:15

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1996-97) Peak
position
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[5] 20
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 12
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 16
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[8] 19
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[9] 2
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[10] 10

Year-end[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[11] 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 220. 
  2. ^ "Hip Online: Artists: Duncan Sheik". Archived from the original on 2006-10-31. Retrieved 2006-12-26. 
  3. ^ "Duncan Sheik: CV". Archived from the original on 2006-11-29. Retrieved 2006-12-26. 
  4. ^ "Barely Breathing (Glee Cast Version)". Amazon.com. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ Canadian Adult Contemporary peak Collections Canada
  6. ^ Canadian Top Singles peak Collections Canada
  7. ^ "Duncan Sheik Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Duncan Sheik. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  8. ^ "Duncan Sheik Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Duncan Sheik. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  9. ^ "Duncan Sheik Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Duncan Sheik. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  10. ^ "Duncan Sheik Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Duncan Sheik. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  11. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 

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