"I Don't Want to Be" is a song by Gavin DeGraw appearing on his 2003 debut album, Chariot. It was released as a single in Australia in 2004, and in the UK in 2005. The single became DeGraw's biggest hit to date, mainly due to the premiere of One Tree Hill, of which the song is the opening theme; peaking at number ten in the U.S. in early-2005.
The song was certified 2x Platinum, having sold over 2,000,000 paid downloads. It is also DeGraw's only single to break the UK Top 40. On May 27, 2012 the song re-entered UK charts reaching number 27, this is due to the finale of One Tree Hill's 9th and final season airing, which featured DeGraw.
The song is the opening theme to One Tree Hill. DeGraw performs the song on a Season 1 episode of One Tree Hill. He returned for the season 5 finale to perform the song with Jackson Brundage, who portrays James Lucas Scott on the show. In the 8th season of the aforementioned TV series, several artists covered it for the season's theme music, including Spinnerette, Against Me!, Kate Voegele, Susie Suh and Patrick Stump. DeGraw also performed the song for the series finale to celebrate their 10th anniversary of Tric.