I Miss You (Blink-182 song)

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"I Miss You"
Blink-182 - I Miss You cover.jpg
Single by Blink-182
from the album Blink-182
ReleasedNovember 18, 2003 (2003-11-18)
FormatCD single, 7" vinyl
RecordedOctober 2003
StudioThe Rubin's House
(San Diego, California)
Producer(s)Jerry Finn
Blink-182 singles chronology
"Feeling This"
"I Miss You"

"I Miss You" is a song by American rock band Blink-182, released on November 18, 2003 as the second single from the group's self-titled fifth studio album. Co-written by guitarist Tom DeLonge and bassist Mark Hoppus, they employed a method of writing separately and bringing their two verses together later. The song, produced entirely acoustic, features an acoustic electric bass, a cello, and a brushstroked drum loop. The song was inspired by The Cure song "The Love Cats" and contains references to The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993).

The song peaked at number one on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart and peaked at number 42 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although "All the Small Things" had slightly more radio airplay, "I Miss You" sold more copies, earning gold certification for selling over 500,000 copies. In the United Kingdom, the song was a national top 10 hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number eight.


The song was co-written by guitarist Tom DeLonge (left) and bassist Mark Hoppus (right), both seen here in 2004.

"I Miss You" was recorded throughout 2003, and began production at the Rubin's House, a rented home in the San Diego luxury community of Rancho Santa Fe. The song was written using the same method with which the band wrote "Feeling This"; namely, DeLonge and Hoppus would discuss themes and then set off to separate rooms of the home to write alone.[3] The two would first have a discussion about the themes of the song "so that we were on the same page," and then they would go away to write, putting both parts together at the end.[3] Tom wrote the second verse, and Mark wrote the first verse and the chorus. In 2018, Mark shared the original handwritten lyrics on Twitter.[4][5] "Mark was always really, really good with words, so a lot of times I would ask him for help with things, to get help with how I say things better [...] But we never really explained song meanings to each other," said DeLonge.[3] Hoppus referenced Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas at the request of Barker, with the lines "We can live like Jack and Sally if we want... and we'll have Halloween on Christmas", toward his then-wife, Shanna Moakler.[3][6]

The trio struggled recording "I Miss You" at first, originally employing a completely different chorus reminiscent of what they considered adult contemporary music.[3] The track was directly inspired by The Cure song, "The Love Cats".[3][6] In expanding on the song's lyrical meaning, DeLonge said: "The song's more about the vulnerability and kind of heart-wrenching pain you feel when you're in love and when you're a guy and you're trying to tell a girl, 'Don't waste your time coming and talking to me because, in my head at least, you probably already gave me up a long time ago.'"[7]


The song is composed in the key of B major and is set in time signature of common time with a tempo of 110 beats per minute.[8] Hoppus and DeLonge's vocal range spans from F#2 to F#4.[8] "I Miss You" is an all-acoustic affair, featuring a piano, cello, acoustic bass guitar, and a "brushstroked hip-hop groove."[9][10] The song's production was very layered, requiring multiple tracks. "There's probably 50 tracks of instruments going on the record," DeLonge said.[7] In an interview with The Washington Post, he re-estimated the amount: "It's got about 70 tracks of instruments, all of which are organic/acoustic, none of them plugged-in."[11]


Commercial performance[edit]

"I Miss You" was sent to radio in early 2004.[9] The song performed best on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, where it peaked at number one for two weeks.[12] The song also charted at number 15 on the Pop Songs chart,[13] and number 24 on the Adult Pop Songs chart.[14] On the Billboard Hot 100, the song reached number 42,[15] and also peaked at number 44 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart.[16] Outside the United States, "I Miss You" performed best in the United Kingdom and New Zealand; in both countries it charted at number eight.[17][18] It also charted at number 13 in Australia,[19] and number 21 in Ireland.[20]

"I Miss You" was supported by a controversial initiative dubbed "spin buys" by Billboard, in which labels, in Blink's case Geffen, spent thousands of dollars per week to have singles played multiple times from midnight to 6 am at small and middle-market radio chains.[21] While overnight airplay at radio at that time was "nothing new for the recording industry," label-sponsored spin-programs had risen considerably in popularity in 2004.[21] By May 2004, the track had accumulated more than 50,000 spins at radio,[22] and more than 100,000 by July.[23]

The song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on October 25, 2004 for sales of over 500,000.[24]

Critical reception[edit]

"I Miss You" received positive reviews from contemporary music critics. Jesse Lord of IGN praised the "well-thought-out dissonance" between Hoppus and DeLonge's respective vocal tracks, opining that it "expertly showcases and highlights the differences between the two."[25] Nick Catucci of The Village Voice praised the song, writing, "It's how Tom and Mark zing off of one another that makes Blink-182 one of the greats. Name another two dudes who can so naturally share a tender, swelling ballad like 'I Miss You.'"[26] A.D. Amorosi of The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that "post-teen amour drips through an acoustic 'I Miss You', with singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge in Marshall Crenshaw mode."[27] Spin called it an "interstate breakup song," commending its use of strings and jazz brushes.[28]

Music video[edit]

"I think with this song we were rebelling against the pop side of our band, which we'd had for many years. We wanted to do something that was a little darker and more atmospheric and I guess people would have been surprised when they first heard it."
— Tom DeLonge on the song's creation[3]

The song's music video is shot in the style of a 1930s film, and find the trio performing in a haunted house with ghosts circling around.[7] Jonas Åkerlund, who also directed the Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" and Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful," helmed the clip that was filmed on December 17, 2003 in Los Angeles.[7] "He's done amazing videos," DeLonge said. "We kind of had an idea of what we wanted to do, but it's gonna be interesting because with a guy like that, they bring so much artistic vision to the project. You don't really know what's going on in their head, like how they wanna film it and all that stuff."[7] It also features Mark Hoppus playing a double bass, inspired by Phil Thornalley of The Cure's use of one in the video for "The Love Cats".[6]

The song achieved heavy airplay on music video channels. It achieved its best airplay on Canada's MuchMusic, where it was the number one most-played video for the week ending February 22, 2004 as monitored by Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems. For Fuse, the song was the eighth-most played that week, eleventh for MTV, and fourteenth for MTV2.[29] It continued to be a strong performer on Fuse and MuchMusic into May, with the issue dated May 15 reporting it at numbers 9 and eleven, respectively.[30] It remained in the top 30 most-played at MuchMusic into January 2005.[31]

In popular culture[edit]

The song first appeared in the video game SingStar Amped and as DLC for Rock Band 2. It was also featured in the TV show Legit. Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer covered the song on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge in 2014.[32] The song was a primary inspiration for the song "Closer" by The Chainsmokers, which was a hit single in 2016. According to Chainsmokers member Andrew Taggart, the duo listened to the song on repeat while writing it.[33] In 2019, American singer-songwriter Skye employed an interpolation of "I Miss You" in his single "Voices", posthumously featuring rapper XXXTentacion.[34]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Blink-182.

CD single 1
1."I Miss You"3:47
2."Not Now"4:09
3."Feeling This" (Video)3:07
CD single 2
1."I Miss You"3:47
2."Not Now"4:09
3."I Miss You" (James Guthrie Mix)4:25
UK CD single
1."I Miss You"3:47
2."Go" (BBC Radio 1 Session)1:51
UK DVD single
1."I Miss You" (Video)3:47
2."First Date" (Video)3:43
3."I Miss You – Behind the Scenes" (Video)2:00
4."Photo gallery"0:15



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[54] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[55] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[56] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
United States February 2, 2004 Alternative radio Geffen [57]


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