All I Need (Within Temptation song)

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"All I Need"
Within Temptation - All I Need - Front.jpg
Single by Within Temptation
from the album The Heart of Everything
B-side "The Last Time" "Frozen" "Our Solemn Hour" "Hand Of Sorrow"
Released 12 November 2007
Format CD single, digital download
Genre Symphonic Metal, Gothic Rock
Length 4:52 (album version)
4:03 (single version)
Label Roadrunner
Songwriter(s) Sharon den Adel, Robert Westerholt
Within Temptation singles chronology
"The Howling"
"All I Need"
"The Howling"
"All I Need"
Music video
"All I Need" on YouTube

"All I Need" is a power ballad written by Sharon den Adel and Robert Westerholt for Within Temptation's fourth studio album The Heart of Everything (2007).


In an interview, Within Temptation vocalist Sharon den Adel discussed "All I Need":[1]

I think lyric-wise this song is something that a lot of people can relate to. It's about the fact that [everybody], you know, everybody gets this point in life... And that is what the song is about, that you're trying to hold on to the things that are important, that you try to find something that you can believe in and which is worth living, if it's family or the love of your life or (laugh) things that make your life worth [living]. And this person in the song is really disappointed [with a lot of things], because a lot of people are fake or things don't turn out the way she had hoped they would do. And this is what the song is about and I think it's something that a lot of people can relate to.

Music video[edit]

The video for this single was shot on 30 September in Berlin.[citation needed] It was released online on 19 October 2007. The video consists of a dream world in the mind of Sharon's character. The band is shown tied to walls of their cells, along with various surrealistic scenes. In the end of the video Sharon is shown in a hospital bed with images from the dream sequence flickering on a screen connected to her mind via wires.

In an interview, den Adel discussed some elements of the video:[1]

The story is very short and very simple actually. It's a dream. A lot of times she sees a lot of schizophrenic things, you know, happening in her mind...

Lea: It's you in a hospital-bed there...

Sharon: Yeah, and they are monitoring my dreams, so they are analysing what I'm dreaming. And that's basically the video and it just suited best with the lyrics, because it's very difficult to express things which are very symbolic, which you can't really show in images like "hope". How do you express "hope", you know? Or "believe in something" or "keeping something real" or "people who are fake". You can image that very well in a way of a dream. That's why we did it in that way.

The video contains many elements and imagery from the 2000 movie The Cell.[original research?]

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "All I Need".

  • 5-track digipack single
  1. "All I Need" (single version)
  2. "All I Need" (album version)
  3. "The Last Time" (demo version)
  4. "Frozen" (demo version)
  5. "Our Solemn Hour" (demo version)
  • 2-track single
  1. "All I Need" (single version)
  2. "All I Need" (album version)
  • iTunes download single
  1. "All I Need" (single version)
  2. "All I Need" (album version)
  3. "Hand Of Sorrow" (demo version)
  4. "Ice Queen" (acoustic live)


Chart (2008) Peak
Germany (Official German Charts)[2] 78
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[3] 15
Netherlands (Mega Top 50)[4] 10
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 13


  • The song was featured in the 19th episode of the first season of American television series The Vampire Diaries.


  1. ^ a b "Interview with Sharon den Adel". 10 October 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2009. 
  2. ^ " – Within Temptation Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  3. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Within Temptation search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  4. ^ "[1]" (in Dutch). Mega Top 50
  5. ^ " – Within Temptation – All I Need" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 28 September 2016.