Wanted (Hunter Hayes song)
|Single by Hunter Hayes|
|from the album Hunter Hayes|
|Released||March 5, 2012|
|Genre||Country, country pop|
|Writer(s)||Hunter Hayes and Troy Verges|
|Producer(s)||Dann Huff and Hunter Hayes|
|Hunter Hayes singles chronology|
"Wanted" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist Hunter Hayes. It was released in March 2012 as the second single from his début album Hunter Hayes. Hayes co-wrote the song with Troy Verges. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Country Solo Performance at the 2013 Grammy Awards.
Hunter told Taste of Country about writing the song: "At the time, I was trying to tell somebody something, but I couldn't figure out how to say it. So I wanted to say it in music because I knew it would be a little more impactful. I wanted to say we are great in this relationship together, and I feel like it could even get better."
Billy Dukes of Taste of Country gave the song 4.5 out of 5 stars. Dukes wrote, "It’s a mature lyric that will wrap around the hearts of country loving women nationwide." He added, "It's familiar without being generic and catchy without being syrupy." Giving it 5 out of 5 stars, Matt Bjorke of Roughstock wrote: "While 'Storm Warning' was a great opening salvo, 'Wanted' is the song that is going to make Hunter Hayes one of the music world’s most talented artists to arrive in years – that’s right – years."
The music video was unveiled in early March 2012. It was directed by BirdMachineBird (Patrick Hubik and Traci Goudie). The video won Hunter Hayes an American Country Award for Best Music Video/New artist in 2012.
"Wanted" debuted at number 57 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for the week of February 27, 2012. It also debuted at number 99 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of May 12, 2012. It also debuted at number 100 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart for the week of September 15, 2012. On the country chart dated September 29, 2012, "Wanted" became Hayes' first number one single. Twenty-one weeks later, it returned to number one on the same chart. The song's appearance at number one also made Hayes the youngest solo male artist (by three months and one week) to top the Hot Country Songs chart, surpassing a record held in 1973 by Johnny Rodriguez's "You Always Come Back to Hurting Me". It also debuted at number 40 on the U.S. Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart for the week of November 17, 2012. The song peaked at #16 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and displayed longevity on the chart by staying on the chart for 46 weeks. As of October 2013, the song has sold 3.3 million copies in the United States.
- On December 11, 2013 week 7: Semi-final of The X Factor U.S. season 3 the country pop trio "Restless Road" covered this song.
Charts and certifications
"Pontoon" by Little Big Town
"Better Dig Two" by The Band Perry
|Billboard Hot Country Songs number-one single
September 29, 2012
February 23–March 2, 2013
"Take a Little Ride" by Jason Aldean
"Sure Be Cool If You Did" by Blake Shelton
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