Everybody's Got Somebody but Me

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"Everybody's Got Somebody but Me"
Single by Hunter Hayes featuring Jason Mraz
from the album Hunter Hayes
Released September 3, 2013 (2013-09-03)
Format Digital download
Genre Country
Length 2:40 (Solo version)
2:39 (Encore version)
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Hunter Hayes
Dave Brainard
Jennifer Zuffinetti
Producer(s) Dann Huff
Hunter Hayes
Hunter Hayes singles chronology
"I Want Crazy"
(2013)
"Everybody's Got Somebody but Me"
(2013)
"Invisible"
(2014)
Jason Mraz singles chronology
"The Woman I Love"
(2013)
"Everybody's Got Somebody but Me"
(2013)
"Rough Water"
(2013)

"Everybody's Got Somebody but Me" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Hunter Hayes for his eponymous debut album, Hunter Hayes (2011). While recording new material for (Encore), the expanded re-issue of his debut, Hayes also re-recorded three of the tracks, including a new duet version of "Everybody's Got Somebody but Me" featuring guest vocals by singer Jason Mraz. Hayes specifically sought to include Mraz on the record because the songwriters felt it "sounded so much like" his music.[1] Atlantic Nashville released the Encore version of the song as the fifth single from the album, and second from the (Encore) edition, on September 3, 2013.

Content[edit]

The song is a plucky, mid-tempo country pop song backed by a steel guitar.[2] Its lyrics depict a narrator surrounded by couples who bemoans his inability to find someone to love, lamenting "everybody's got somebody but me".

Critical reception[edit]

Billy Dukes of Taste of Country found the "playful spirit" of the song to be a refreshing change of pace from Hayes's previous singles, and thought that it was "the most fun [Hayes has] been since 'Storm Warning'".[2] Roughstock editor Matt Bjorke gave the song a glowing review, summarizing his thoughts thusly: "['Everybody's Got Somebody but Me'] showcases everything there's to like about Hunter Hayes as a singer, a songwriter and artist."[3] Entertainment blog Cambio praised the collaboration between Hayes and Mraz, which they called unexpected but "pretty genius", as well as the relatable and "cute" lyrics of the song.[4]

Music video[edit]

Hayes and Mraz invited YouTube artists and other aspiring musicians Tessa Violet, Echosmith, TJ Smith, Tyler Ward, Brandyn Burnette, Brian Landau, Sam Tsui, Kina Grannis and Peter Hollens to share their covers of the song, and participate in a one-take mashup video. This was the first such venture by Warner Music Group, whose senior vice-president for interactive marketing said optimistically that "[f]or some kids, people like Kurt Schneider and Tyler Ward are people that they trust."[5] The music video was directed by Shane Drake and premiered in October 2013.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

"Everybody's Got Somebody but Me" debuted at number 58 on the U.S. Billboard Country Airplay chart for the week of July 13, 2013.[7] It also debuted at number 48 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of October 12, 2013. It also debuted at number 25 on the U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart for the week of November 2, 2013. The song has sold 331,000 copies in the US as of January 2014.[8]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Canada Country (Billboard)[9] 33
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 77
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[11] 15
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[12] 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pacella, Megan. "Hunter Hayes (feat. Jason Mraz), 'Everybody's Got Somebody but Me' - Lyrics Uncovered". Taste of Country. Townsquare Media. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Dukes, Billy. "Hunter Hayes (Feat. Jason Mraz), ' Everybody's Got Somebody but Me' - Song Review". Taste of Country. Townsquare Media. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Bjorke, Matt. "Single Review: Hunter Hayes (Feat. Jason Mraz) - Everybody's Got Somebody but Me". Roughstock. Cheri Media. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Rose, Ashley. "CMA Music Festival: Hunter Hayes and Jason Mraz Perform "Everybody's Got Somebody but Me" (WATCH!)". Cambio. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Dawn C. Chmielewski (October 28, 2013). "An Outreach in Concert with a Giant". Daily Press. p. C2. 
  6. ^ "CMT : Videos : Hunter Hayes : Everybody's Got Somebody but Me (Featuring Jason Mraz)". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Hunter Hayes - Chart history (Country Airplay) [Cached]". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2 October 2013. 
  8. ^ Bjorke, Matt (2013-01-15). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles - January 15, 2014: Luke Bryan, Lucy Hale, Eric Church, Cassadee Pope, Scotty McCreery". Roughstock. 
  9. ^ "Hunter Hayes Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canada Country for Hunter Hayes.
  10. ^ "Hunter Hayes Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Hunter Hayes.
  11. ^ "Hunter Hayes Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for Hunter Hayes.
  12. ^ "Hunter Hayes Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Hunter Hayes.