"Wherever You Will Go" is the debut single by American alternative rock band The Calling. The song was released in June 2001 as the first single from their debut album Camino Palmero. It remains their most renowned and their most successful hit, peaking at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Adult Top 40 for 23 weeks, the second longest running number one in the chart's history. It was named the number 1 song of the decade on the Adult Pop Charts by Billboard magazine.
Songwriter Aaron Kamin told LAUNCH about the background behind the song. "My cousin passed away, and he and his wife had been married for 50 some-odd years, and I was just putting myself in his shoes. Like, losing somebody after, like, 50 years," Kamin said. He went on to refer to the September 11 attacks that occurred only a few months after the song's release and said that the song has "become more relevant in our lives as the world has changed recently. It's been rekindled even more so for us, I think, right about now."
Two videos were shot for this song. The first was set in Mexico. The other version, which is more popular, relocates the band at the Los Angeles River, where they perform while a teenage soap opera plays in the foreground. A teenage girl gets her boyfriend's name tattooed on her shoulder, but when she finds him cheating with another girl, she flies into a rage, destroying most of his belongings. At the end of the video, she is seen with a new boyfriend (Drew Fuller) and a new tattoo, as her jealous ex watches her from his car.
The song was covered by Charlene Soraia for use in a Twinings advert in the UK. It was released in the UK as a digital download on 30 September 2011. On 5 October 2011 the song was number 22 on The Official Chart Update, it entered the UK Singles Chart at number 20. It is the lead single from her debut studio album Moonchild.
This song was also featured in the 2003 movie "Love Actually", which stars an ensemble of stars including Hugh Grant, Bill Nighy, Emma Thompson, Liam Neeson and Colin Firth. The Calling performs this song in the movie.