High (James Blunt song)

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James Blunt - High CD cover.jpg
Single by James Blunt
from the album Back to Bedlam
Released 18 October 2004
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2003 Los Angeles, California
Genre Alternative rock, folk rock
Length 4:03
Label Atlantic, Custard Records, RCA Label Group
Writer(s) James Blunt
Ricky Ross
Producer(s) Tom Rothrock
Jimmy Hogarth
James Blunt singles chronology
"You're Beautiful"
Alternative cover
Re-release single cover

"High" is the debut single by British singer James Blunt and Ricky Ross for Blunt's debut album Back to Bedlam. The song was produced by Tom Rothrock and Jimmy Hogarth and received a mixed reception from music critics. It was released as the first single in the autumn of 2004 and failed to make an impact on the United Kingdom singles chart, peaking well outside the top 75. Following the success of "You're Beautiful", "High" was re-released in the autumn of 2005, and became a top 20 hit worldwide, charting at number three in Italy and at number 16 in Britain.


The single was released initially on two physical formats. CD1 includes an exclusive non-album recording entitled "Sugar Coated", which was written by Blunt and Sacha Skarbek. CD2 also includes two exclusive non-album recordings, entitled "This Twilight Garden" and "Play", as well as two remixes of "High". The re-issue of the single was released on three physical formats. CD1 includes a live recording of "In a Little While", a popular song by U2. The recording was made on 5 August 2005 at the BBC Radio 1 Unleashed Music Festival in Cornwall. CD2 includes an exclusive US radio session of "You're Beautiful", plus the video and making-of footage for "High". The 7" Vinyl includes an exclusive track entitled "Butterfly".[1]

Track listing[edit]

  • 2004
  1. "High" – 4:03
  2. "Sugar Coated" – 3:56
  • 2006
  1. "High" – 4:03
  2. "In a Little While" (Radio 1 Jo Whiley Session) – 3:46
  1. "High" – 4:03
  2. "You're Beautiful" (U.S. radio session) – 3:18
  3. "High" (The Making of the Video) – 3:00
  4. "High" (video) – 4:02
7" vinyl
  1. "High" (album version) – 4:03
  2. "Butterfly" – 4:44
German CD1
  1. "High" (album version) – 4:03
  2. "High" (acoustic) – 4:15
German CD2
  1. "High" (album version) – 4:03
  2. "High" (acoustic) – 4:15
  3. "Where Is My Mind?" – 4:43
  4. "High" (video) – 4:02

Music videos[edit]

Blunt has made two music videos for "High". The first video, which is associated with the first release as a single, shows him buried in a desert and then chasing an illusional girl while drunk. In the video for the re-release of "High", Blunt is sitting on a plastic chair in a warehouse-like room, playing the guitar and singing the song; these scenes are intercut with scenes where Blunt is running in a forest.


Chart performance[edit]

On 18 October 2004, "High" was released in the United Kingdom. The song failed to make an impact on the singles chart, peaking at a low 148. It was re-released in the UK on 3 October 2005. The song became Blunt's third top 20 single when it peaked at number 16 on the singles chart, and spent a total of 12 weeks in the top 75. The re-release appeared on the singles chart a week before the physical release was released, backed by the strength of its digital download sales, charting at number 74. The following week it climbed 58 places on the chart, rising to number 16. Outside of the UK, the song was also successful. It reached number three in Italy and became Blunt's first top ten single. "High" also went top ten 20 in Austria, Ireland and Switzerland. In the United States, the song debuted at number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became Blunt's third single to chart within the top 100. In Canada, "High" reached number 66 on the BDS Airplay chart.


Chart (2005) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 13
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[3] 48
Ireland (IRMA) 18
Italy (FIMI)[4] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[5] 15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 16
Chart (2006) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 42
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[7] 7
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 22
Japan Tokio Hot 100 13
US Billboard Hot 100 100
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs 12
US Billboard Pop 100 92


  1. ^ "High [3trx]: James Blunt: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 6 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Austriancharts.at – James Blunt – High" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  3. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert {{{year}}}{{{week}}} into search. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Italiancharts.com – James Blunt – High". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Swisscharts.com – James Blunt – High". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – James Blunt – High". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – James Blunt – High". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 27 June 2013.

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