Home (Michael Bublé song)

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Single by Michael Bublé
from the album It's Time
Released March 28, 2005
Format CD single, Digital download
Recorded 2002
Genre Easy listening, Country
Length 3:45
Label 143, Reprise
Songwriter(s) Michael Bublé, Alan Chang, Amy Foster-Gillies
Producer(s) Bob Rock
Michael Bublé singles chronology
"Feeling Good"
"Save the Last Dance for Me"

"Feeling Good"
"Save the Last Dance for Me"

"Home" is a song recorded by Canadian singer Michael Bublé, and released on March 28, 2005, as the second single from his second major-label studio album, It's Time. The song was written by Bublé, along with co-writers Alan Chang and Amy Foster-Gillies.


Home was first released on March 28, 2005, as Bublé's debut single in the United Kingdom. It received a relatively low promoted release, as at the time, the lead single from It's Time, "Feeling Good", had only just been released in other territories around the world. As such, it underperformed heavily, only peaking at #162 on the UK Singles Chart. When the album was released three months later, to much more widespread success and critical acclaim, it was decided that "Home" would be released as the album's second single worldwide, accompanied by a re-release of the single in the United Kingdom. As such, the second time around, the single was a massive hit, topping the adult contemporary chart in the United States, reaching a high chart position in Canada, and peaking at a relatively successful #31 in the United Kingdom. This time, the release was accompanied by a music video, directed by Noble Jones, who had previously filmed the video for "Feeling Good". The song was also used in the film The Wedding Date.

Subsequently, two cover versions of the song have also been released as singles by other artists. The first of these was recorded by Irish boyband Westlife, whose version was a top ten hit in several European countries. American country music singer Blake Shelton also released his version in early 2008, which reached the top of the American country singles charts. In December 2011, Bublé performed a duet version of the song with English singer-songwriter Gary Barlow, whilst also performing Barlow's "Rule the World". The performance gained great reception from fans, when it began trending worldwide on Twitter.[1] Soon after, a petition was set up for the collaboration to be made available for digital download, to challenge for the UK Christmas Number One spot.[2]

"Home" centralizes on the male narrator, who is separated from his lover, possibly his wife, while off travelling. He expresses a desire to return home and be with his lover. Bublé had been away touring in Italy when he co-wrote the lyrics, for his then-fiancée, Debbie Timuss. Bublé describes his loneliness from missing her in the lyrics.[3] Aaron Latham of Allmusic, in his review of It's Time, described the song favorably. He called it a "positive step forward" for Bublé, adding "The success of this ballad provides yet another direction that he can explore and expand upon."[4]

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD single #1 (Debut release)[5]
  1. "Home" (U.K. Radio Mix) - 3:23
  2. "Home" (Album Version) - 3:45
  • UK CD single #2 (Debut release)[6]
  1. "Home" (U.K. Radio Mix) - 3:23
  2. "Home" (Album Version) - 3:45
  3. "Nice N'Easy" - 4:11
  4. "Home" (Music Video) - 3:54
  • UK CD single (Second release)[7][8]
  1. "Home" (Album Version) - 3:45
  2. "Song For You" (featuring Chris Botti) - 3:12

Chart history[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[9] 35
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 36
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[11] 30
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 55
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 56
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 55
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 33
UK Singles Chart 31
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 72
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 1


Region Certification
Italy (FIMI)[17] Gold
United States (RIAA)[18] Platinum

Westlife version[edit]

Single by Westlife
from the album Back Home
Released October 29, 2007
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded Rokstone Studios, London 2007
Length 3:26
Label Sony BMG
Songwriter(s) Michael Bublé, Alan Chang, Amy Foster-Gillies
Producer(s) Steve Mac
Westlife singles chronology
"The Rose"
"Us Against the World"

"The Rose"
"Us Against the World"
Music video
Home on YouTube
Back Home track listing
"Us Against the World"
Back Home track listing
12 tracks
  1. "Home"
  2. "Us Against the World"
  3. "Something Right"
  4. "I'm Already There"
  5. "When I'm With You"
  6. "Have You Ever?"
  7. "It's You"
  8. "Catch My Breath"
  9. "The Easy Way"
  10. "I Do"
  11. "Pictures In My Head"
  12. "You Must Have Had a Broken Heart"

Westlife released a cover version of "Home" as their first single from their eighth studio album Back Home (2007). Westlife's version differs slightly in their lyrical arrangement as compared to Michael Bublé's version. Simon Cowell chose this song for the band. It has sold over 200,000 copies in the UK so far.[19] Local radio station, Dublin's Q102, received exclusive airplay of the single on September 14, 2007 from Westlife's manager, Louis Walsh. The next day, an Irish online radio station, Klubb FM, played it as well. The official artwork for the single was released on September 28, 2007, while the single's music video was made available online on October 5, 2007. The song was #91 on MTV Asia's list of Top 100 Hits of 2007.[20] The single sold over 200,000 copies in the UK alone and was certified Silver, it peaked at #3 on the UK Singles Chart. Hard to Say I'm Sorry was included as the B-Side for the single. It charted individually on the official UK Singles Chart at #135.

Tours performed at[edit]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Home" (Single Mix)
  2. "Hard To Say I'm Sorry"
  1. "Home" (Single Mix)
  2. "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" (Sunset Strippers Full Dance Mix)
  3. "Home" (Soul Seekerz Remix - Radio Edit)

Music video[edit]

The music video for this single was shot in Vancouver using interior and exterior shots of the Orpheum Theater. The exterior shots of the marquee are on Granville Street. A short preview of the video was posted on the band's official website on October 5, 2007. The full video was made available during the later part of the day on The Box. It was directed by Mike Lipscombe and features the band in front of a Boeing 747 plane along with scenes of loved ones meeting each other at the airport.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
Bulgaria Singles Chart[21] 23
Czech Republic Radio Top 100 Chart[22] 59
German Singles Chart 70
Irish Singles Chart 2
Norwegian Singles Chart 7
Scottish Singles Chart[23] 2
Swedish Singles Chart 8
Taiwanese Singles Chart 2
UK Singles Chart 3
UK Physical Singles (OCC)[24]

Year-end charts[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Silver 200,000^
Chart (2007) Position
Irish Singles Chart 14
UK Singles Chart 43

Blake Shelton version[edit]

Single by Blake Shelton
from the album Pure BS
Released February 4, 2008 (2008-02-04)
Format CD single, music download
Genre Country
Length 3:50
Label Warner Bros. Nashville
Songwriter(s) Michael Bublé, Alan Chang, Amy Foster-Gillies
Producer(s) Brent Rowan
Blake Shelton singles chronology
"The More I Drink"
"She Wouldn't Be Gone"

"The More I Drink"
"She Wouldn't Be Gone"

A version was released by American country music artist Blake Shelton on February 1, 2008. This cover entered the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at number 60 for the week of February 12, 2008. It was included on a June 2008 re-issue of Shelton's 2007 album Pure BS[26] and Blake Shelton Collector's Edition, an EP which is only available at Walmart. Shelton's rendition features backing vocals from his girlfriend (now ex-wife), Miranda Lambert.

Shelton's version of the song reached Number One on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts dated for the week of July 19, 2008, becoming the fourth Number One hit of his career,[27] and his first since "Some Beach" in December 2004. His version also reached number 41 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Shelton occasionally performed the song with Bublé in concert. In 2012, he e-mailed Bublé, asking if he would write new lyrics for a Christmas version of the song and sing duet vocals on it. The re-written version, featuring Bublé, appears on Shelton's 2012 album, Cheers, It's Christmas.[28]

Peak chart positions[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[29] 41
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[30] 1
Chart (2012) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[30] 36A
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[31] 45A
Chart (2013) Peak
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[32] 19B
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[30] 36B
  • AChristmas re-recording with Michael Bublé.
  • BLive recording with Usher.

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[33] 5

Other notable recordings[edit]


  1. ^ Twitter BUBLE BARLOW search
  2. ^ Michael Buble & Gary Barlow Duets – Make This Xmas Number One, December 18,2011, Simon Gallagher Archived 2012-02-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ http://www.michaelbuble.jazzyutopia.com/articles2005-02.shtml
  4. ^ Latham, Aaron. "it's Time review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  5. ^ Home, Warner Bros Records, 2005-03-28, retrieved 2016-08-20 
  6. ^ Home, Warner Bros Records, 2005-03-28, retrieved 2016-08-20 
  7. ^ "Home/Song for You: Michael Buble: Amazon.de: Musik". Amazon.de. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  8. ^ Home, Warner Bros Records, 2005-11-14, retrieved 2016-08-20 
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Michael Bublé – Home". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Michael Bublé – Home" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 12 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
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  16. ^ "Michael Bublé Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Italian single certifications – Michael Bublè – Home" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 12 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "American single certifications – Michael Bublè – Home". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 12 December 2014.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  19. ^ "Westlife | Official Top 20 | MTV UK". Mtv.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-02-22. 
  20. ^ MTV Asia. "Top 100 Hits List" Archived 2007-12-22 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 2007-12-27
  21. ^ https://acharts.co/song/28925
  22. ^ http://www.ifpicr.cz/hitparadask/index.php?a=titul&hitparada=18&titul=144745&sec=c2e73fd3b5fd1686472afaf5eec4e8f9
  23. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  24. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/charts/physical-singles-chart/20071104/1/
  25. ^ "British single certifications – Westlife – Home". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 30 October 2016.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Home in the search field and then press Enter.
  26. ^ "Blake Shelton calls "Home"". Country Standard Time. 2008-01-30. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  27. ^ "Blake Shelton calls number one "Home"". Country Standard Time. 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 
  28. ^ "Blake Shelton Explains His Christmas Duet With Michael Buble". Retrieved 2016-08-20. 
  29. ^ "Blake Shelton Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  30. ^ a b c "Blake Shelton Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
  31. ^ "Blake Shelton Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  32. ^ "Blake Shelton – Chart history – Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 13, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Best of 2008: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2008. Retrieved December 13, 2008. 
  34. ^ "Leon performs with Bublé at Wembley". Digital Spy. 2007-12-06. Retrieved 2007-12-31. 
  35. ^ "Album Swimming Over London by The King's Singers". Signum Records. 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2017-02-27. 

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