Wherever You Will Go

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"Wherever You Will Go"
Single by The Calling
from the album Camino Palmero
Released June 4, 2001
Recorded 2001
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge[1]
Length 3:29
Label RCA
Writer(s) Alex Band, Aaron Kamin
Producer(s) Marc Tanner
The Calling singles chronology
"Wherever You Will Go'"
(2001)
"Adrienne"
(2002)

"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.

Background and writing[edit]

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."[2]

Music video[edit]

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. 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.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001-2002) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 5
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 8
Belgium (Flanders (Ultratop 50)[3] 29
Belgium (Wallonia (Ultratop 50)[3] 18
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[4] 20
Denmark (Tracklisten)[3] 7
France (SNEP)[3] 7
Germany (Media Control Charts)[5] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 8
Italy (FIMI) 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[3] 31
New Zealand (RIANZ)[3] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[3] 4
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[7] 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[3] 14
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[3] 7
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 37
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 14
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 1
Chart (2011) Peak
position
Irish Singles Chart[8] 35
UK Singles Chart[9] 16

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Moi... Lolita" by Alizée
Italian number-one single
June 8, 2002
Succeeded by
"Stop Crying Your Heart Out" by Oasis
Preceded by
"Insatiable" by Darren Hayes
New Zealand number-one single
April 28, 2002
Succeeded by
"Don't Let Me Get Me" by Pink

Charlene Soraia version[edit]

"Wherever You Will Go"
Single by Charlene Soraia
from the album Moonchild
Released September 30, 2011
Recorded 2011
Genre Acoustic, Alternative folk, Indie pop
Length 3:17
Label Peacefrog

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.

Daniel Evans version[edit]

Daniel Evans, a finalist on series 5 of The X Factor (UK) released a slightly more mellow pop version for his debut album, No Easy Way in 2010.

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was uploaded to YouTube on 3 October 2011 at a total length of three minutes and thirty-eight seconds. The video shows Soraia in the studio performing the song.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Wherever You Will Go"   3:17
2. "Lightyears"   3:03

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011–12) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 20
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[12] 3
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[13] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 3
UK Official Streaming Chart Top 100[15] 81

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 30 September 2011[16] Digital download Peacefrog Records

Pop culture references[edit]

The song was featured in the 2000 film Coyote Ugly in the scene where Violet first sees Kevin. The Calling performs the song live.[17]

The National Hockey League used the song to promote the 2001 Stanley Cup playoffs.

On October 23, 2001, The Calling's version was featured on Smallville in the episode Metamorphosis.

In 2001, the UPN network used the song to promote the debut of Star Trek: Enterprise.[18]

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.

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