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"Let Her Go"
Let-her-go-by-passenger.jpg
Single by Passenger
from the album All the Little Lights
Released 24 July 2012
Format
Recorded Linear Recording, Sydney, March 2011
Genre Folk pop
Length
  • 4:13 (album version)
  • 3:37 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s) Mike Rosenberg
Producer(s)
  • Mike Rosenberg
  • Chris Vallejo
Passenger singles chronology
"The Wrong Direction"
(2012)
"Let Her Go"
(2012)
"Holes"
(2013)
"The Wrong Direction"
(2012)
"Let Her Go"
(2012)
"Holes"
(2013)
Music video
"Let Her Go" on YouTube
Audio sample
18-second sample from Passenger's Let Her Go

"Let Her Go" is a song written and recorded by British singer-songwriter Passenger. It was recorded at Sydney's Linear Recording and co-produced by Mike Rosenberg and Chris Vallejo. The recording features Australian musicians Stu Larsen, Georgia Mooney, Stu Hunter, Cameron Undy, and Glenn Wilson. "Let Her Go" was released in July 2012 as the second single from Passenger's fourth album, All the Little Lights.

The song has achieved international success, topping the charts in many countries around the world, and has sold over 1 million digital copies in the UK, and over 4 million in the US as of July 2014.[1][2] In 2014, the song was nominated for the Brit Award for British Single of the Year, and won Passenger the British Academy's Ivor Novello Award for Most Performed Work.[3][4]

Background[edit]

The lyrics of the song are poetic and melancholic, describing the regrets associated with ending a relationship. The chorus describes situations in which one does not appreciate what he/she has until it is gone, and relates this to love. The verses give detailed scenes involving a heartbroken man dealing with his breakup.

"Let Her Go" is driven by a chorus which is repeated five times throughout the song. The second half of the final chorus is performed a cappella. Including acoustic guitar and vocals from Rosenberg, backing vocals, piano, drums, bass, and strings, the song is instrumentally diverse. The song is performed in the key of G major, played with a capo on the seventh fret of the guitar.

Commercial performance[edit]

"Let Her Go" was released in July 2012 as the second single from Passenger's third album All the Little Lights. The song became a hit first in the Netherlands after Dave, a Dutch fan, e-mailed Passenger expressing his wish to introduce the song to some Dutch radio stations, claiming it could be a hit there.[5] This resulted in the song trending on Dutch stations and finding enormous commercial success with the Dutch public. The song became a hit first in the Netherlands, reaching number two in the Dutch Top 40 in November 2012 and spending a total of four non-consecutive weeks at that position.

Since 2013, and after initial success in the Netherlands, "Let Her Go" has reached number-one in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland, number two in the UK Singles Chart, number five in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on Billboard Hot Rock Songs, making it his first international success. The song has sold over 1 million digital copies in the UK,[1] and over 4 million in the US as of July 2014.[2]

Let It Go[edit]

Passenger admitted in an August 2016 interview on The Project that the song is frequently confused with "Let It Go," Idina Menzel's 2013 hit single from the Disney film Frozen.[6] As a result, he "always" receives song requests for the latter, even though it is not his song.[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video was uploaded on July 25, 2012, directed and produced by the Australian video artist Dave Jensen and Tavic.[7] It shows the stage being prepared for a Passenger concert, with footage of Passenger performance with his backing band and shots of the audience present reacting.

As of December 4, 2017, the video has received over 1.6 billion views on video-sharing website YouTube, making it the 28th most viewed video of all time on the site.[8] It also makes the list of most liked YouTube videos with 6.2 million likes.

Track listing[edit]

Digital promo
No. Title Length
1. "Let Her Go" 4:13
CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Let Her Go" (Album Version) 4:12
2. "Let Her Go" (Acoustic) 4:27
Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Let Her Go" 4:13
2. "Let Her Go" (Acoustic) 4:27
3. "Let Her Go" (Live Version) 4:05

Cover versions[edit]

Taylor Henderson, the runner-up of the fifth season of The X Factor Australia, performed it during the show. He also covered it in his debut self-titled album released through Sony Music Australia on 29 November 2013. The album debuted at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified Platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association.

In October 2013, a piano-driven version of the track was sung by young Italian singer Violetta Zironi during season 7 of the Italian version of The X Factor. The track was also recorded and included in her debut EP Dimmi che non passa released in December 2013.

British singer Birdy recorded a cover version called "Let Him Go" in 2013 on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.[9] It was also covered by Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation on the album Hydra (iTunes version) in 2014 and The Q-Music Sessions, as well as by Jasmine Thompson on the album Bundle of Tantrums.

An unreleased acoustic version of the song was donated to support college radio in the USA on the 2013 College Radio Day Vol. 2 album. The song was limited to being on only the CD version of the album (only 1,500 copies have been pressed).[10]

In February 2014, a club remix of the song was released by Swedish DJ and producer Avicii[11] featuring Passenger's vocals. It has also been remixed by French DJ David Guetta and Norwegian producer Kygo.

In August 2014, Glen Templeton made a country cover of the song.[12]

In October 2014, Bulgarian singer Maria released a song with, also Bulgarian singer, Azis called: "Чуй ме" (Chuy Me, Hear Me). The original version had an intro that featured Let Her Go,[13] but later on was officially edited due to copyright, and now the song has a different tone at the beginning.

Internationally known rapper B-Flo sampled the song on the single (also titled "Let Her Go") on his second solo album, "Floville", made in 2014.

In popular culture[edit]

"Let Her Go" was used in a Budweiser commercial shown during Super Bowl XLVIII.[14] It was used also in the season 7 finale of the Canadian Show Heartland as the send-off song.

The intro and first half of the first verse were used in the UK television show, Stella in episode 7 of series 3.

A cover version by British singer Jasmine Thompson was used in the eleventh episode of the sixteenth season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

It was used in The Vampire Diaries' 100th episode.

On the popular streaming website Twitch, a remix of the song (a troll version) is frequently used on streams by watchers trying to annoy the streamers.

The song is also as a playable track in Guitar Hero Live.

Bluegrass band The Travelin' McCourys recorded the song at Nashville studio the Butcher Shoppe, releasing the version on January 13, 2017.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[75] 7× Platinum 490,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[76] Platinum 30,000*
Belgium (BEA)[77] 2× Platinum 60,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[78] 6× Platinum 480,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[79] Platinum 60,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[80] Gold 5,057[80]
France (SNEP)[81] Gold 75,000*
Germany (BVMI)[82] Platinum 400,000^
Italy (FIMI)[83] 5× Platinum 250,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[84] 2× Platinum 30,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[85] 2× Platinum 20,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[86] Gold 20,000^
Sweden (GLF)[87] 5× Platinum 200,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[88] 3× Platinum 90,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[89] 3× Platinum 1,800,000^
United States (RIAA)[90] 6× Platinum 4,000,000[2]
Venezuela (APFV)[91] Platinum 10,000^
Streaming
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[92] 6× Platinum 10,800,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[93] 2× Platinum 20,000,000^

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

See also[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format
United States 24 July 2012 (2012-07-24) Digital download
Europe 5 November 2012 (2012-11-05)
United Kingdom 22 February 2013 (2013-02-22) CD
United States 29 April 2013 (2013-04-29) Contemporary hit radio
Canada 13 May 2013 (2013-05-13)

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