I was thinking a lot about Andrew Wood at the time. We always had a great time when we did hang out, much like Chris Cornell and I do. There was never really a serious moment or conversation, it was all fun. Andy was a hilarious guy, full of life and it was really sad to lose him. But I always hate people who judge the decisions others make. So it was also directed towards people who pass judgments.
“Would?” was released as a single in 1992, coinciding with the release of the movie Singles. The song peaked at number 19 on the BillboardMainstream Rock Tracks chart. The UK single was released in January 1993 and reached the top twenty in the UK and the top forty in the Netherlands. It is one of the band's most well-known songs.
Steve Huey of Allmusic said that the song is "a touch more melancholy than many of the group's best-known rockers" and "one of the band's most fully realized individual moments." James Hunter of Rolling Stone called the song "a Seattle song that in 1999 evokes no grunge nostalgia. It's timeless, one of the most stylish singles of the decade, the work of a band which understands that life gets way out of hand but that first-rate rock recordings can't." The song was named one of the top tracks of the 1990s by Pitchfork Media in 2010.
Alice in Chains performed an acoustic version of "Would?" for its appearance on MTV Unplugged in 1996, and the song was included on the Unplugged live album and home video release. Live performances of the song can also be found on the "Heaven Beside You" single and the live album, Live.