"Breathe" was written by Nickelback's lead vocalist and guitarist Chad Kroeger, guitarist and backing vocalist Ryan Peake, and bassist Mike Kroeger. The song debuted on the RPMCanadian Top Rock Songs chart at number 23 on August 7, 2000, and later peaked at number 16 on October 2, 2000. The single later debuted on the US BillboardHot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart at number 32 for the week of August 12, 2000. It remained in the top 40 for a total of 17 weeks, peaking at number 10 for the week of October 21, 2000. The song also reached number 21 on the BillboardAlternative Songs chart (then known as Hot Modern Rock Tracks) for the week of February 10, 2001, after 15 weeks on the chart since entering at number 38 on November 25, 2000. The song was later included on MuchMusic's fifth Big Shiny Tunes compilation Big Shiny Tunes 5 in September 2001, and on the soundtrack to the film Clockstoppers in March 2002.