Because of You (98 Degrees song)

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"Because of You"
Single by 98 Degrees
from the album 98 Degrees and Rising
Released September 22, 1998 (1998-09-22)
Recorded Chung King Studios, New York City, NY
Murlyn Studios, Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Teen pop, R&B, dance-pop
Length 4:58 (Main version)
3:53 (Radio version)
Label Motown
Writer(s) Anders Bagge, Arntor Birgisson, Christian Karlsson, and Patrick Tucker
Producer(s) Christian Karlsson, Anders Bagge, Arnthor Birgisson
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
98 Degrees singles chronology
"True to Your Heart"
"Because of You"
"The Hardest Thing"
Alternative cover
Limited edition cover
Music sample
A sample from "Because of You" by 98 Degrees

"Because of You" is a 1998 song by 98 Degrees, released as a single from their album 98 Degrees and Rising. It peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum in December 1998. The song was featured on the 1999 compilation album Now That's What I Call Music! 2 (U.S. series).[1]

Music video[edit]

The video directed by Wayne Isham takes place in San Francisco, where it follows a girl holding a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge, while looking around the city by bus, taxi and trolley. The boys are seen on billboards. They are also seen on the beach, in a garden of flowers, and on the Golden Gate Bridge. The video utilized a special visual effect that combined quick zooming and morphing, an effect Isham would use in later music videos for Bon Jovi, Ricky Martin, NSYNC, Metallica, and in a previous video by Will Smith.

Track listings and formats[edit]

CD5/Cassette single
  1. "Because of You" (radio version) – 3:55
  2. "True to Your Heart" (album version) – 4:15
German single
  1. "Because of You" (album version) – 4:55
  2. "Was It Something I Didn't Say" – 5:02
  3. "Because of You" (Hex Hector Remix Radio Edit 2) – 3:36
  4. "Because of You" (Kano Dub) – 7:02
  5. "Because of You" (Video CD-ROM) - 3:55
UK promo single
  1. "Because of You" (radio version) – 3:55
  2. "Don't Stop the Love" - 4:33

Chart performance[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 15
UK Singles Chart 36

End-of-year charts[edit]

End-of-year chart (1998) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 82
End-of-year chart (1999) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 69


  1. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - 98 Degrees - Singles,, accessed 2009-07-07
  2. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  3. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Retrieved 2010-08-28.