Everything You Want (Vertical Horizon song)

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"Everything You Want"
Everything You Want single.jpg
Single by Vertical Horizon
from the album Everything You Want
ReleasedApril 4, 2000[1]
FormatCD
Recorded1998
GenreAlternative rock, post-grunge
Length
  • 4:17 (album version)
  • 4:06 (radio mix)
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)Matthew Scannell
Producer(s)
Vertical Horizon singles chronology
"We Are"
(1999)
"Everything You Want"
(2000)
"You're a God"
(2000)

"Everything You Want" is a song by American alternative rock band Vertical Horizon and the eponymous second single from their third studio album. The single reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on July 15, 2000.[2] "Everything You Want" is Vertical Horizon's most successful single.[3]

Composition[edit]

In 2009, lead vocalist Matt Scannell said he "still experience[d] joy" singing "Everything You Want" because he knew "it came from a true place".[4] The song deals with unrequited love, and Scannell explained its background in a 2010 interview:

"...I was in love with this girl, and she was just a broken person. She kept turning to everyone except me for love and acceptance, and I wanted so much to help her. I wanted to be the one to give her everything she wanted, but I couldn't. She just couldn't accept it from me, and it was that pain, that led me to creating the song."[5]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the single was directed by Clark Eddy and gained significant rotations. It features dreary, grey tones and cloudy skies corresponding with the song's gloomy nature. Band members, principally Matt Scannell, are seen walking down streets and in a restaurant. Scannell frequently stops to read a business card which contains different text at each glimpse. Throughout the video, a split screen effect depicts two versions of Scannell acting differently in mirror environments. Lyrics flash across the screen as the band performs the song in a bright, illuminated room with black, vertical pinstripes. Couples are shown arguing with various messages appearing across the screen such as "every six seconds you think about sex" and "there are two sides to every story." Finally, the view blurs with a message reading "everything you want is not everything you need" as the video comes to a close.

In January 2000, the video was chosen as "Inside Track" of the month by VH1.[6]

Track listing[edit]

US CD single

  1. "Everything You Want" (radio mix) – 4:06
  2. "The Man Who Would Be Santa" (live) – 5:33

US 45 single

  1. "Everything You Want" (radio mix) – 4:06
  2. "You're a God" (radio mix) – 3:48

European CD single

  1. "Everything You Want" (radio mix) – 4:06
  2. "The Man Who Would Be Santa" (live) – 5:33
  3. "Heart in Hand" (live) – 5:46

Charts[edit]

All-time charts[edit]

Chart (1958–2018) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[22] 388

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vertical Horizon - Everything You Want". AllMusic.
  2. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/vertical-horizon/chart-history/hot-100/song/67304
  3. ^ https://www.billboard.com/music/vertical-horizon
  4. ^ Widran, Jonathan Matt Scannell of Vertical Horizon Talks About The Band's Album, Burning The Days SongWriterUniverse.com (2009). Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  5. ^ Interview with Lead Singer of Vertical Horizon Matt Scannell Out and About in Jax (November 18, 2010). Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  6. ^ Rogovoy, Seth Vertical Horizon: Pittsfield native cracks Billboard's Top 20 by Seth Rogovoy The Beat (March 31, 2000). Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Vertical Horizon – Everything You Want". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  8. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9751." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 7233." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  10. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 9820." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Vertical Horizon – Everything You Want" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  12. ^ "Charts.nz – Vertical Horizon – Everything You Want". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  13. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  15. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  16. ^ "Vertical Horizon Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  17. ^ "Vertical Horizon Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  18. ^ "Vertical Horizon Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  19. ^ "Vertical Horizon Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 25, 2017.
  20. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
  21. ^ "Decade End Charts – Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 30, 2012.
  22. ^ "Decade End Charts – Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 30, 2012.