Eternally (Utada Hikaru song)

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For the song from the Charlie Chaplin movie "Limelight", see Eternally (1952 song).
Song by Utada Hikaru from the album Distance
Released March 10, 2008 (2008-03-10)
(see release history)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2000
Genre J-pop, Pop
Length 4:45
4:49 (Drama Mix)
Label EMI Music Japan
  • Hikaru Utada
  • Shinichirō Murayama
  • Kei Kawano (strings)

"Eternally" is a song by Japanese musician Utada Hikaru, from her 2001 album Distance. It was re-arranged in 2008 as "Eternally (Drama Mix)," for the use in the Maki Horikita starring Fuji TV drama Innocent Love.[1] It was released as a digital single on October 31, 2008,[2] and eventually released onto CD in March 2009, on an EMI compilation album I: Zutto, Zutto, Aishiteru (i(アイ)~ずっと、ずっと、愛してる~?).[3]

Innocent Love director Toshiyuki Nakano originally decided that Utada's voice would suit the themes of the drama well. Hearing "Eternally," he felt the song was a perfect choice for the drama, as the song's melody, lyrics and title fitted, in his opinion, as if the song had been specifically commissioned for the drama.[1]


The song is a R&B ballad, featuring an arrangement of strings, background percussion and guitar. The lyrics describe a person addressing their lover, who is describing how much they treasure a single moment they are sharing with this person. They believe that even if they cannot stay with their lover forever, at least "the feeling (they) have now will last forever " (今の気持ちだけはずっと永遠 ima no kimochi dake wa zutto eien?).[4]

The drama mix of the song features a different take of Utada's vocals during the recording sessions of Distance in 2001, however it was given a new mix in 2008.[1] The new version is very similar in structure to the original, however with more prominent strings during the chorus.

Chart rankings[edit]

Chart Peak
Billboard Japan Hot 100[5]
  • Drama Mix
RIAJ Reco-kyō ringtones Top 100[6] 50
RIAJ Reco-kyō ringtones Top 100[6]
  • Drama Mix


Chart Amount
RIAJ full-length cellphone downloads[7] 100,000+
RIAJ full-length cellphone downloads[2]
  • Drama Mix
RIAJ PC downloads[8]
  • Drama Mix

Release history[edit]

A sample from the chorus of the original version.

A sample from the version used for Innocent Love.

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Region Date Format
Japan March 10, 2008 (2008-03-10)[7] Digital download (original version)
October 31, 2008 (2008-10-31)[2] Digital download (Drama Mix)


  1. ^ a b c 宇多田ヒカル"隠れた名曲"の新ヴァージョンが月9主題歌に. Barks (in Japanese). 2008-09-29. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  2. ^ a b c レコード協会調べ 11月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:11月度認定>. RIAJ (in Japanese). 2008-12-20. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  3. ^ "[CD] i(アイ)~ずっと、ずっと、愛してる~ / オムニバス". Neowing (in Japanese). Retrieved September 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Eternally - 宇多田ヒカル". Goo Music (in Japanese). Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  5. ^ "Japan Billboard Hot 100". Billboard Japan. November 3, 2008. Archived from the original on September 17, 2010. Retrieved September 17, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "レコード協会調べ 10月度有料音楽配信チャート(「着うた(R)」)<略称:10月度レコ協チャート(「着うた(R)」)>" (in Japanese). RIAJ. 2008-11-20. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  7. ^ a b レコード協会調べ 12月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:12月度認定>. RIAJ (in Japanese). 2009-01-20. Retrieved 2010-09-17. 
  8. ^ レコード協会調べ 11月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:11月度認定>. RIAJ (in Japanese). 2009-12-20. Retrieved 2010-09-17.