Breathe (2 AM)

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"Breathe (2 AM)"
Single by Anna Nalick
from the album Wreck of the Day
B-side "Home" (acoustic version), "Catalyst" (acoustic version)
Released December 18, 2004[1][2]
December 22, 2005 (CD single)[3]
2006 (re-release)
Format CD single
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:39 (album version)
4:09 (radio edit)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Anna Nalick
Producer(s) Eric Rosse, Christopher Thorn
Certification Gold (RIAA certification)
Anna Nalick singles chronology
"Breathe (2 AM)"
"In the Rough"

"Breathe (2 AM)" is a song by American singer-songwriter Anna Nalick. The single was first released in 2004, then it was re-released in 2006 and charted at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the Adult Contemporary in the United States, as well as #79 on the Australian singles charts. "Breathe (2 AM)" has been certified Gold by RIAA.[4] The song was featured prominently in shows like ABC's Grey's Anatomy episodes "As We Know It" and "Song Beneath the Song", as well as other shows such as the WB series Charmed, Smallville and the movie A Lot Like Love.


The verses tell the stories of three characters: a friend of the narrator's who has fallen into an unhappy relationship, an alcoholic soldier at Fort Bliss, and the narrator's experience of writing and performing a song. Chuck Taylor describes it as "an introspective yet confessional tale about learning to handle everyday challenges — and remembering to take time to breathe."[5]


Lifted from Nalick's debut album Wreck of the Day, "Breathe (2 AM)" is backed with the non-album track "Home" (acoustic version) and "Catalyst" (acoustic version).

  1. "Breathe (2 AM)" (4:40)
  2. "Home" (acoustic version) (2:49)
  3. "Catalyst" (acoustic version) (3:29)

The two tracks "Home" and "Catalyst" do not appear on the 2006 re-release of Wreck of the Day either.


Chart (2005–06) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 45
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[7] 4
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[8] 6
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[9] 22


  1. ^ "Anna Nalick". Archived from the original on 8 August 2004. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Billboard Singles Chart",
  3. ^ "Breathe (2 A.M.): Music",
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum - March 02, 2011". RIAA. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  5. ^ Taylor, Chuck. "Breathe (2 A.M.)". News. Billboard. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Anna Nalick – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Anna Nalick. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  7. ^ "Anna Nalick – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Anna Nalick. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  8. ^ "Anna Nalick – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Anna Nalick. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  9. ^ "Anna Nalick – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Anna Nalick. Retrieved September 3, 2012.