Anything (Hedley song)

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Anything - Single by Hedley.jpg
Canadian single cover
Single by Hedley
from the album Wild Life
Released August 19, 2013 (2013-08-19)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre Pop
Length 3:11
  • Brian Howes
  • Jacob Hoggard
Hedley singles chronology
"Kiss You Inside Out"
"Crazy for You"
Alternative cover
US EP and international single cover

"Anything" is a song recorded by Canadian pop rock band Hedley for their fifth studio album, Wild Life (2013). The song was written and produced by Jacob Hoggard and Brian Howes, with additional writing by Jason Van Poederooyen. It was released to Canadian radio on August 19, 2013 through Universal Music Canada as the album's lead single.[1] "Anything" was serviced to alternative radio in the US through Capitol Records in November 2013 as the band's fifth American single.[2][3]

Upon release, "Anything" was met with mixed reviews from music critics, but performed well commercially. The song peaked at number 5 on the Canadian Hot 100 and reached the top 10 on three national airplay charts. It also charted at 18 in New Zealand. In September 2016, "Anything" was certified 4× Platinum by Music Canada, making it the band's best-selling single to date.


It's about no limitations. I think a lot of people, in their lives, face a lot of different objects and I think the song speaks to our own individual ability to be able to overcome adversity in our lives.

Jacob Hoggard, on the message of "Anything"

"Anything" is an upbeat pop song with a duration of three minutes and eleven seconds. It is composed in the key of G and set to a BMP of 76.[4] Its lyrics convey a message of defiance and believing that one can do anything they set their mind to, regardless what people may tell them or expect of them. With its anthemic nature, "Anything" expands upon themes found in previous Hedley singles including "Invincible" and "One Life".[5] Lead singer and co-writer Jacob Hoggard explained that the song is, to him, about finding the strength to rise above life's hardships.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Emma Garland at Alter The Press! gave the song a mixed review, feeling that although "Anything" is "insanely catchy", the "uh-uh, fuck that" hook is "awkward" and "quickly gets irritating".[7] Philip Lickley at UK music blog All-Noise described the song as "a stadium-friendly chanting song... with a strong message" that "screams out for radio play", and rated it a 7 out of 10.[8]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Anything" was directed by JP Poliquin and was shot at The Great Hall in Toronto, Ontario.[6] It premiered on the band's VEVO channel on September 10, 2013.[9]

Track listings[edit]

Digital download – single[10]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Anything"
US Digital EP[11]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Anything"
  • Hoggard
  • Howes
  • Van Poederooyen
2. "Headphones"
3. "I'll Be with You"
  • Lucas Banker
  • Hoggard
  • Patrick Nissley
  • Matt Squire
4. "Mexico"
5. "Heaven in Our Headlights"
  • Hoggard
  • Howes
  • Sipe
Total length: 16:50

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Canada August 19, 2013 Radio airplay Universal Music Canada [1]
September 17, 2013 Digital download [10]
Worldwide November 12, 2013 Capitol Records [21]
United States November 18, 2013 Alternative radio [3]
December 3, 2013 Digital extended play [11]


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  2. ^ ""Anything" Can Happen: Hedley Goes Stateside Once More". POP! Goes the Charts. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Future Release on Alternative Radio Stations". All Access Media Group. Archived from the original on November 16, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Anything - ERG Music Canada". ERG Music Canada. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Opoku, Amandah. "UM Review: Hedley -"Wild Life" - UMusicians". UMusicians. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Melody. "Go behind the scenes on Hedley's Anything music video". MuchMusic. Bell Media. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  7. ^ Garland, Emma. "ATP! Album Review: Hedley - Wild Life". Alter the Press!. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Lickley, Philip. "Hedley - Anything | All-Noise". All-Noise. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ultimate Music | Hedley "Anything" (Video Premiere)". josepvinaixa. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
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  11. ^ a b "Anything - Hedley | Release Info". AllMusic. All Media Network. December 3, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Hedley – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Hedley.
  13. ^ "Hedley – Chart history" Billboard Canada AC for Hedley.
  14. ^ "Hedley – Chart history" Billboard Canada CHR/Top 40 for Hedley.
  15. ^ "Hedley – Chart history" Billboard Canada Hot AC for Hedley.
  16. ^ " – Hedley – Anything". Top 40 Singles.
  17. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Hedley – Anything". Music Canada. 
  18. ^ "Canadian Hot 100: 2013 Year-End Charts (page 6)". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  19. ^ "Canadian Hot 100 - Year End 2014". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 9 December 2014. 
  20. ^ "Billboard Top 40 AC Airplay Tunes in Canada, 2014". Music Canada via Nielsen N.V. December 23, 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
  21. ^ "Anything - Hedley | Release Info" (Album Version). AllMusic. All Media Network. November 12, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2016.