Always (Switchfoot song)

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Single by Switchfoot
from the album Hello Hurricane
Released October 28 2009
February 2010 (Japan release)[1]
Format Radio single
Digital download
Compact disc
Recorded 2009
Genre Alternative Rock
Length 4:20
Label lowercase people records
Credential Recordings
Songwriter(s) Jon Foreman
Producer(s) Switchfoot
Mike Elizondo
Rob Cavallo

"Always" is a song written and recorded by the alternative rock band Switchfoot. It was released in conjunction with "Mess of Me" as one of two lead singles from their seventh studio album, Hello Hurricane. While "Mess of Me" was worked to modern and mainstream rock formats, "Always" was worked to Christian AC/CHR by the band's CCM distributor, Credential Recordings/EMI CMG. [2] It was also released as a single in Japan, while an accompanying music video was made available there. [3][4]

Song history[edit]

"Always" was first played live on September 10th, 2009, at the Culture Room in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. [5]

For its radio release, the band reworked a new version of the song with an added interlude guitar solo part, and a shortened bridge. [6] On September 28, Jon Foreman announced via Twitter that he was "heading up with Tim to work with Rob Cavallo and Mike Elizondo on a song called 'Always' - excited to see where it heads!" [7]

On October 28, the radio edited version was debuted on AOL radio. [8]

On iTunes, an alternate acoustic version of the track is also available with purchase of Hello Hurricane.


"Always" has been remixed by Max Vangeli and AN21. It was released August 6, 2010 on Atlantic. [9]

Live performance[edit]

Switchfoot performed "Always" live on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on January 4, 2010.

In popular culture[edit]

  • The song was featured in a February 18, 2010 episode of Grey's Anatomy. [10]
  • It was later featured in a scene during an episode of The Hills on June 1, 2010. [11]
  • It was used in the official video for the iPhone 5 by Apple in 2012.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Position
Billboard Christian Songs #16
Christian AC #29
Christian CHR #17


In 2010, the song was nominated for a Dove Award for Rock/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year at the 41st GMA Dove Awards.[12]


  1. ^ BREAKING: Switchfoot editing a music video for "Always"? (Japan Single?) - Published December 23, 2009 (retrieved December 23, 2009)
  2. ^ Switchfoot
  3. ^ BREAKING: Switchfoot editing a music video for "Always"? (Japan Single?) - Published December 23, 2009 (retrieved December 23, 2009)
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ ~"Always" by Switchfoot ***NEW SONG!*** Released Sept. 10th, 2009~ - Published September 12, 2009 (retrieved September 14, 2009)
  6. ^ Hurricane Season - Published September 24, 2009 (retrieved September 24, 2009)
  7. ^ Switchfoot re-tracking "Always" today in Los Angeles - Published September 28, 2009 (retrieved October 3, 2009)
  8. ^ Switchfoot 'Always' - New Song - Published October 8, 2009 (retrieved November 8, 2009)
  9. ^ Switchfoot – Always (Max Vangeli & AN21 Remix)
  10. ^ BREAKING: "Always" featured in tonight's episode of Grey's Anatomy; Switchfoot Dove Award nominations - Published February 18, 2010 (retrieved June 2, 2010)
  11. ^ Switchfoot's "Always" on The Hills; Switchfoot's London show - Published June 2, 2010 (retrieved June 2, 2010)
  12. ^ 41st Annual GMA Dove Awards nominees announced on The Tennessean (February 18, 2010)

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