"Here Without You" is a song recorded by American rock band 3 Doors Down. It was released in August 2003 as the third single from the album Away from the Sun. It peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending November 8, 2003. Only their songs "Kryptonite" and "When I'm Gone" reached higher positions on the chart, peaking at #3 and #4. It has since been certified 2x Platinum in the United States and Platinum in Australia. While the Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock were the main formats for 3 Doors Down, it wasn't expected to be a big success, the song was a moderate success hitting #14 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks and #22 on the Modern Rock Tracks, it failed to top or reach #1 on both charts due to its soft rock ballads in the song compared to its original post-grunge sounds from their other songs including their 4 previous rock and alternative hits Kryptonite, Loser, Duck and Run, and When I'm Gone, but it still became a big hit making it their 3rd #1 Top 40 Mainstream hit and their 1st #1 Adult Top 40 hit for 13 consecutive weeks. After that, the song was played only on pop and adult contemporary stations, this song was not played on rock radio unlike their previous hits.
The song grew in popularity following the start of the Iraq War, and became an anthem for deployed troops and their families and friends at home.
Brad Arnold states that the main inspiration for this song was his now ex-wife. The song is about being away from someone and missing them, and it's not about how long you've gone, it's about the loneliness that comes with missing someone. It's also about a state of peace that comes with dreaming of the missed loved one.