It's Been Awhile

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"It's Been Awhile"
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Single by Staind
from the album Break the Cycle
ReleasedMarch 27, 2001
Genre
Length4:25
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Josh Abraham
Staind singles chronology
"Home"
(2000)
"It's Been Awhile"
(2001)
"Outside"
(2001)

"It's Been Awhile" is a song by American rock band Staind. It was released on March 27, 2001, as the lead single from their third studio album, Break the Cycle (2001).

The song is Staind's most successful and is their best-known song, becoming a number five hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 2001—their only song to reach the top 10. It spent a second-best 20 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart[5] (behind "Loser" by 3 Doors Down) and a then-record 16 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.[5] Worldwide, the single became a top-20 hit in Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

The song was featured as a playable track on the Nintendo GameCube video game Donkey Konga 2.[6]

Background[edit]

Aaron Lewis originally wrote this song around 1996 along with "Outside" slightly prior to the release of Dysfunction and performed it with a short-lived acoustic side project called J-CAT, before abruptly shelving it until 2000 during the recording sessions of Break the Cycle.[7][8]

Reception[edit]

Eric Aiese of Billboard reviewed the song favorably, saying that the group handles the ballad well and packs "a lot of punch into the cut." Aiese said that the song "may be the group's greatest splash yet."[9]

Music video[edit]

The music video begins with Aaron Lewis going through some old photographs, one of which is a picture of his wife. The video switches between him writing a letter to his wife and the band performing in a room full of candles. There are brief shots of Aaron alone in the streets and looking at himself in the mirror while having second thoughts. Throughout the video, Aaron is seen smoking cigarettes. At the end of the video, one of those cigarettes falls onto the floor and burns down his apartment.

The video was directed by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst.

Track listings[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States March 27, 2001 [42]
May 22, 2001 Contemporary hit radio [43]
Australia June 18, 2001 CD [44]
United Kingdom September 3, 2001
  • CD
  • cassette
[45]

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