Wherever You Will Go
|"Wherever You Will Go"|
|Single by The Calling|
|from the album Camino Palmero|
|Released||June 4, 2001|
|Genre||Alternative rock, post-grunge|
|Writer(s)||Alex Band, Aaron Kamin|
|The Calling singles chronology|
"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
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. 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.
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||8|
|Belgium (Flanders (Ultratop 50)||29|
|Belgium (Wallonia (Ultratop 50)||18|
|Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)||20|
|Germany (Media Control Charts)||16|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||31|
|New Zealand (RIANZ)||1|
|Romania (Romanian Top 100)||10|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||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|
|Irish Singles Chart||35|
|UK Singles Chart||16|
"Moi... Lolita" by Alizée
|Italian number-one single
June 8, 2002
"Stop Crying Your Heart Out" by Oasis
"Insatiable" by Darren Hayes
|New Zealand number-one single
April 28, 2002
"Don't Let Me Get Me" by Pink
Charlene Soraia version
|"Wherever You Will Go"|
|Single by Charlene Soraia|
|from the album Moonchild|
|Released||September 30, 2011|
|Genre||Acoustic, Alternative folk, Indie pop|
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.
|1.||"Wherever You Will Go"||3:17|
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||3|
|UK Indie (Official Charts Company)||1|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||3|
|UK Official Streaming Chart Top 100||81|
|United Kingdom||30 September 2011||Digital download||Peacefrog Records|
Pop culture references
On October 23, 2001, The Calling's version was featured on Smallville in the episode Metamorphosis.
In 2004, the song was used in Love Actually for the scene where Colin is in America to pick up girls with his "sexy" English accent.
In Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James, it is mentioned that Christian Grey is sitting at the piano singing the lyrics to "Wherever You Will Go" very quietly. (Chapter Five, Page 93.)
In 2012, the song is used in the movie, Holiday High School Reunion, in the background when Georgia dumps Craig the second time.
- 'Wherever You Will Go' Comforts In Wake Of Terror Attacks
- lescharts.com (Retrieved on May 3, 2008)
- Canadian peak in Allmusic
- German peak
- Ireland: Search for Tracy Chapman peaks
- Romanian peak at the Wayback Machine (archived February 16, 2005)
- The Calling - Wherever You Will Go - Music Charts
- Chart Dated 29-10-11 UK 2011 peak
- Charlene Soraia Wherever You Will Go - Twinings Advert Song 2011 on YouTube
- "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
- "Archive Chart". Scottish Singles Top 40.
- "Archive Chart" UK Indie Chart.
- "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
- Official Streaming Chart Top 100 - 21st December 2013 The Official Streaming Chart Top 100 - Official Charts
- Wherever You Will Go - Single by Charlene Soraia iTunes
- Star Trek Enterprise Intro (OG Pilot) 0.30m on YouTube