"Only Wanna Be with You" is a song by American rock group Hootie & the Blowfish. It was released in July 1995 as the third single from their breakthrough album, Cracked Rear View. It peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, number one on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart, number 3 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and number 2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.
One verse of the song describes "[putting] on a little Dylan." The verse then references three songs on the first side of Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks album. The lyric "sittin' on a fence" quotes Dylan's You're a Big Girl Now. The song then references and quotes extensively from the next song on the album, Dylan's "Idiot Wind". The song then mentions Dylan's "Tangled up in Blue." Apparently, however, Dylan felt that the references to his works infringed on his original work, causing him to sue Hootie for unauthorized use of his lyrics. VH1 reported that Dylan received a large, out-of-court settlement in 1995.
Also mentioned in the bridge of the song is a reference "that the Dolphins make me cry," alluding to Darius Rucker's favorite football team and their championship drought.
The music video, similar to the song, had a sports theme. It also featured appearances by sportsmen and sports anchors, including Dan Marino, Fred Couples, Alonzo Mourning, Muggsy Bogues, Alex English, Walt Williams, and Charles Smith.