Never Let You Go (Third Eye Blind song)

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"Never Let You Go"
Single by Third Eye Blind
from the album Blue
ReleasedJanuary 2000
GenreAlternative rock, power pop
Songwriter(s)Stephan Jenkins
Producer(s)Stephan Jenkins, The Mud Sisters, Arion Salazar, Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind singles chronology
"Never Let You Go"
"10 Days Late"

"Never Let You Go" is a song by American rock band Third Eye Blind. It was released in January 2000 as the second single from their second album, Blue. The song peaked at number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and spent three weeks at number one in Canada. It also reached number 26 in Iceland, number 15 in New Zealand and number six on the UK Rock Chart.


Jenkins comments in the liner notes of the band's compilation album, A Collection, that it was written about a muse of his at the time (allegedly Charlize Theron), and it was written to "freak her out" when she heard it on the radio.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Chuck Taylor, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably saying that it "packs in the hooks; a compelling opening guitar riff, a celebratory party ambience, an end-of-song spoken part that kids everywhere will be reciting ad-nauseam, and lead singer/writer/co-producer Stephan Jenkins' dead-on vocals, delivered in a pleasing falsetto at times." He goes on to call the chorus "easy, spirited, memorable — the stuff that hits are made of."[1]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was released in January 2000, directed by Chris Hafner. In it, the band performs on a metal platform high in a sunset-filled sky. Interspersed with the sky scenes are scenes of the band eating in a dimly-lit Chinese restaurant with several girls. At one point, lead singer Stephan Jenkins hangs from the bottom the platform while his fellow bandmembers and several girls hang onto him, looking down apprehensively.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Never Let You Go" (Radio Version)
  2. "Never Let You Go" (LP Version)
  3. "Anything" (Extended Version)

Australian import

  1. "Never Let You Go"
  2. "Anything (Extended Version)
  3. "New Girl" (Non-LP Track)

"New Girl" is also available on the Japanese version of Blue.


RAC version[edit]

Portuguese-American musician RAC released a remake of "Never Let You Go" featuring Matthew Koma and Hilary Duff on February 12, 2020, by Counter Records.[16][17][18] A lyric video was uploaded onto RAC's YouTube channel that same day.[19] The cover was Duff's first release since "Little Lies" in 2016.[20]


  1. ^ Billboard, January 15, 2000 - Page 23
  2. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9775." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 9842." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 9750." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Sætin 21 til 40 (27.3– 4.5 2000)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). April 28, 2000. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  7. ^ " – Third Eye Blind – Never Let You Go". Top 40 Singles.
  8. ^ "Chart Log UK 1994–2010 DJ T – Tzant". Zobbel. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  9. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  10. ^ "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  11. ^ "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  12. ^ "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  13. ^ "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  14. ^ "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  15. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 2000". Retrieved 2010-08-31.
  16. ^ Hosken, Patrick (February 12, 2020). "5SOS And Hilary Duff Are Leading Pop's Third Eye Blind Revival". MTV News. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  17. ^ "Never Let You Go (feat. Matthew Koma & Hilary Duff) – Single by RAC". Apple Music. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  18. ^ "Never Let You Go · RAC, Matthew Koma, Hilary Duff". Spotify. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  19. ^ RAC – 'Never Let You Go (ft. Matthew Koma & Hilary Duff)' (Lyric Video). YouTube. February 12, 2020.
  20. ^ Bein, Kat (February 6, 2020). "Hilary Duff Teaming With RAC & Husband Matthew Koma to Cover an Early 2000s Hit". Billboard. Retrieved February 17, 2020.

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