With Arms Wide Open

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"With Arms Wide Open"
Single by Creed
from the album Human Clay
B-side "One",
"Wash Away Those Years"
Released April 24, 2000
Format CD
Recorded 1998
Genre Post-grunge, hard rock
Length 4:36 (album version)
3:53 (radio version)
Label Wind-up
Writer(s) Scott Stapp
Mark Tremonti
Producer(s) Ron Saint Germain
John Kurzweg
Creed singles chronology
"What If"
"With Arms Wide Open"
"Are You Ready?"

"With Arms Wide Open" is a power ballad composed by the band Creed, featured on the album Human Clay. Scott Stapp wrote the lyrics when he found out with great surprise that he was going to be a father. The song topped the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for four weeks in July 2000; a month later it reached the U.S. Top 40. In October, the song hit the top ten and topped Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart for eight weeks. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on the issue dated November 11 for one week, and the video topped VH1's top ten countdown in 2000. In February 2001, Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. The song was also nominated for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, but lost to U2 for "Beautiful Day". With the song topping the Hot 100, Mainstream Rock Tracks, Adult Top 40 and Mainstream Top 40 charts at number one, somehow it nearly did not make it to number one on the Modern Rock Tracks chart staying at number two for four consecutive weeks due to the long eleven week stay for 3 Doors Down's Kryptonite at the number one spot and Papa Roach's Last Resort and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Californication taking over the number one spot leading "With Arms Wide Open" to not hit number one.

In September, it was announced that Creed would release a limited edition single of "With Arms Wide Open" with some profits benefiting Scott Stapp's With Arms Wide Open Foundation to "promote healthy, loving relationships between children and their families".

Three main versions of the song exist. One is the original album version. The second is the radio version, which adds additional hi-hat and drums, and also edits out the ending. The third is the video version (or "Strings Remix") which adds strings to the radio version.

Track Listing[edit]

US Single (18004-2)

  1. "With Arms Wide Open (Strings Version)"
  2. "With Arms Wide Open (Acoustic Version)"
  3. "With Arms Wide Open (Rock Version)"
  4. "With Arms Wide Open (Video - Viewable on PC)"

EU Maxi Single (670695 2)

  1. "With Arms Wide Open (New Version)"
  2. "With Arms Wide Open (Strings Version)"
  3. "With Arms Wide Open (Acoustic Version)"
  4. "With Arms Wide Open (Album Version)"
  5. "With Arms Wide Open (Video - Viewable on PC)"

Australia & New Zealand Maxi Single (670739 2)

  1. "With Arms Wide Open (New Version)"
  2. "Wash Away Those Years"
  3. "One"
  4. "With Arms Wide Open (Strings Version)"
  5. "With Arms Wide Open (Video - Viewable on PC)"

Chart performance[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 2
US Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 1
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 1
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 1
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 2
Canadian RPM Rock/Alternative Chart 1
German Singles Chart 2
Netherlands Singles Chart 5
Norwegian Singles Chart 6
Swiss Singles Chart 7
UK Singles Chart 13

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[1] 36

Covers and parodies[edit]

  • Boyce Avenue covered this song and posted on YouTube with the video reaching over 6,300,000 views.
  • Norwegian comedian Kristian Valen recorded a parody of the song, entitled "My Mom's Wide Open." It featured a music video with an elderly woman running around the forest naked.[citation needed]
  • Christian comedian Tim Hawkins wrote a parody of the song called "My Arms Are Broken."[citation needed]
  • Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters recorded a humorous cover of the song in which he imitates Scott Stapp's distinctive voice.[citation needed]
  • Toby Turner, also known as Tobuscus, made a parody of this song called "Christmas Creed Song" on Christmas of 2013.


  1. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Retrieved 2010-08-31. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"I Disappear by Metallica
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
July 8, 2000 – July 29, 2000
Succeeded by
"I Disappear" by Metallica
Preceded by
"Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream number-one single
October 28, 2000 (first run)
November 11, 2000 – December 2, 2000
Succeeded by
"Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down
"Independent Women Part I" by Destiny's Child
Preceded by
"Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" by Christina Aguilera
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
November 11, 2000
Succeeded by
"Independent Women Part I" by Destiny's Child
Preceded by
"Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down
Canadian RPM Rock/Alternative 30 number-one single
July 31, 2000
Succeeded by
"Wonderful" by Everclear