The song first appeared on a promotional bonus cd that came with some copies of All Wound Up.
"Whatever" was the longest-running song on the US Active Rock Top 10 chart, remaining there for 33 weeks. Godsmack got a lot of exposure when a disc jockey at WAAF, a radio station in Massachusetts, started playing this song on his show.
Lead singer Sully Erna and guitarist Tony Rambola wrote the song. Rambola said in an interview, "That's Sully's answer to his girlfriend when we were going through the whole struggle between rehearsing five nights a week, playing on the weekends and trying to keep a relationship going at the same time. We were really starting to take off, and it's hard to go through a relationship with a girl and have a band take all your time, plus we worked regular jobs, so there was probably 10 minutes of the day for them."