Breathe (2 AM)

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"Breathe (2 AM)"
Breathe (2 AM) -- Anna Nalick.jpg
Single by Anna Nalick
from the album Wreck of the Day
  • "Home" (acoustic version)
  • "Catalyst" (acoustic version)
ReleasedDecember 18, 2004[1][2]
December 22, 2005 (CD single)[3]
2006 (re-release)
FormatCD single
GenrePop rock
Length4:39 (album version)
4:09 (radio edit)
Songwriter(s)Anna Nalick
Producer(s)Eric Rosse, Christopher Thorn
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 2005 and charted at number 45 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number four on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. The song also found success in New Zealand, where it peaked at number 37. "Breathe (2 AM)" has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.


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."[4]


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 (2005–2006) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 79
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 37
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 45
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[8] 4
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[9] 6
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[10] 22


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[11] Gold 10,000*
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

In popular culture[edit]

The song was featured prominently in shows such as Grey's Anatomy, as well as other shows such as Charmed, Smallville and the movies A Lot like Love and Griffin & Phoenix.


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  2. ^ "Billboard Singles Chart",
  3. ^ "Breathe (2 A.M.): Music",
  4. ^ Taylor, Chuck. "Breathe (2 A.M.)". News. Billboard. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  6. ^ " – Anna Nalick – Breathe (2 AM)". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "Anna Nalick Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  8. ^ "Anna Nalick Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  9. ^ "Anna Nalick Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  10. ^ "Anna Nalick Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 3, 2012.
  11. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Anna Nalick – Breathe (2AM)". Music Canada. Retrieved September 30, 2019.
  12. ^ "American single certifications – Anna Nalick – Breathe (2 AM)". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 14, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.