Never Let You Go (Third Eye Blind song)

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"Never Let You Go"
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Single by Third Eye Blind
from the album Blue
ReleasedJanuary 4, 2000 (2000-01-04)[1]
GenrePower pop[2]
Length3:57
LabelElektra
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Stephan Jenkins
  • The Mud Sisters
  • Arion Salazar
  • Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind singles chronology
"Anything"
(1999)
"Never Let You Go"
(2000)
"10 Days Late"
(2000)
Music video
"Never Let You Go" on YouTube

"Never Let You Go" is a song by American rock band Third Eye Blind. It was released in January 4, 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.

Content[edit]

Jenkins commented 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]

The writing credits of the song are a subject of debate among frontman Stephan Jenkins and former bassist Arion Salazar. Despite Jenkins being credited as the sole writer of the song, Salazar claims to have written the bass melodies, bridge, and chord progressions.[3] In an interview with RIFF Magazine, Salazar claimed that Jenkins approached him, stating, "I really want to get the credit on [Never Let You Go]. Maybe if I give you a little more percentage [of the song's profit] I could just leave my name on it?".[3]

Composition[edit]

According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Alfred Publishing, the song is written in the key of E major and is set in time signature of common time with a tempo of 112 beats per minute.[4] Jenkin's vocal range spans two octaves, from C♯4 to G♯6.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard music reviewer and editor Chuck Taylor said that the song "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".[5] He continued to praise the song, calling the chorus "easy, spirited, memorable — the stuff that hits are made of."[5] Elysa Gardner of Entertainment Weekly called the song "crackling, power-pop", commenting that it is nearly as captivating as "Semi-Charmed Life".[2] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic praised the song's hook, referring to "Never Let You Go" as the album's highlight.[6] Stephen Thompson of The A.V. Club declared that the song is a standout on Blue, calling it a "sparkly, hitworthy single".[7] Julie River of Punknews.org praised the "beautiful chord-based hook", favorably comparing the song to lead single "Anything".[8]

Chart performance[edit]

On the US Billboard Hot 100, "Never Let You Go" first at appeared at number 65 on the week dated January 22, 2000, becoming that issue's "Hot Shot Debut".[9] Ten weeks later, on April 1, 2000, the song reached its peak of number 14 on the Hot 100, and it stayed on the listing for 22 weeks, last charting at number 46 on June 17.[10][11] The song became a top-five hit on four other Billboard charts, reaching number three on the Adult Top 40, number four on the Adult Alternative Songs and Modern Rock Tracks charts, and number five on the Mainstream Top 40.[12][13][14][15] At the end of 2000, Billboard ranked the song as the 43rd-most-successful hit of the year.[16]

"Never Let You Go" became a number-one hit on Canada's RPM Top Singles chart, debuting at number 39 on January 24, 2000, and rising to the top position on the issue of March 27.[17][18] The song stayed atop the chart for two more weeks before losing the number-one spot to Santana's "Maria Maria".[19][20][21] The song spent a total of 37 weeks on the chart, making its final appearance on October 2, 2000.[22] In addition, the song peaked at number two on the RPM Top 30 Rock Report and number 37 on the Adult Contemporary Tracks ranking.[23][24]

Outside North America, "Never Let You Go" first charted on New Zealand's RIANZ Singles Chart on February 13, 2000, debuting at number 44. Over the next four weeks, the song rose up the chart, peaking at number 15 on March 5, 2000. It spent the next eight weeks rising and falling in the top 30 and remained in the top 50 for a total of 19 weeks.[25] In Australia, the song stalled at number 63 after debuting on the ARIA Singles Chart in late February 2000.[26] The following month, the song debuted on the Icelandic Singles Chart at number 32 and reached its peak of number 26 on April 28.[27][28] Despite failing to reach the top 100 in the United Kingdom, "Never Let You Go" debuted and peaked at number six on the UK Rock Singles Chart on 11 June 2000.[29][30]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was released in January 2000, directed by Chris Hafner.[31] 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 and going to a nightclub. At one point, lead singer Stephan Jenkins hangs from the bottom of the platform while his fellow bandmembers and several girls hang onto him, looking down apprehensively.

Meredith Gottlieb of MTV News referred to the video as "abstract".[32]

Track listings[edit]

  • Australian CD single[33]
  1. "Never Let You Go" (Radio Version) – 3:58
  2. "Anything" (Extended Version) – 2:48
  3. "New Girl" – 2:17
  • European maxi-CD single[34]
  1. "Never Let You Go" (radio version) – 3:57
  2. "Never Let You Go" (LP version) – 3:57
  3. "Anything" (extended version) – 2:46

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits and personnel are adapted from "Never Let You Go" CD single liner notes.[33]

Charts[edit]

Cover versions[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.[38][39][40] A lyric video was uploaded onto RAC's YouTube channel that same day.[41] The cover was Duff's first release since "Little Lies" in 2016.[42]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alternative: Going for Adds" (PDF). Radio & Records. No. 1330. December 17, 1999. p. 108. Retrieved April 23, 2021.
  2. ^ a b Gardner, Elysa (November 22, 1999). "Blue". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Gokhman, Roman (August 3, 2016). "How's It Gonna Be? Founding Third Eye Blind members fight for right to acknowledge contributions". RIFF Magazine. Retrieved July 4, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Third Eye Blind (2000). "Third Eye Blind 'Never Let You Go' Digital Sheet Music". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Revies & Previews" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 112 no. 3. January 15, 2000. p. 23. Retrieved July 4, 2020.
  6. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (November 23, 1999). "Blue – Third Eye Blind". AllMusic. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  7. ^ Thompson, Stephen (March 29, 2002). "Diana Ross: Blue". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  8. ^ River, Julie (November 18, 2019). "Blue (retro review) (1999)". Punknews.org. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  9. ^ "The Hot 100: Week of January 22, 2000". Billboard. January 22, 2000. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  10. ^ a b "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  11. ^ "The Hot 100: Week of June 17, 2000". Billboard. June 17, 2000. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  12. ^ a b "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  13. ^ a b "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved July 6, 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  15. ^ a b "Third Eye Blind Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Billboard Top 100 – 2000". Billboardtop100of.com. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  17. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. January 24, 2000. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  18. ^ a b "Top RPM Singles: Issue 9775." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  19. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 3, 2000. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  20. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 10, 2000. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  21. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. April 17, 2000. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  22. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 2, 2000. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  23. ^ a b "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 9750." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  24. ^ a b "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 9842." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  25. ^ a b "Charts.nz – Third Eye Blind – Never Let You Go". Top 40 Singles.
  26. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (pdf ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  27. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Sætin 21 til 40 (09.3– 16.3 2000)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). March 10, 2000. p. 14. Retrieved June 10, 2021.
  28. ^ a b "Íslenski Listinn Sætin 21 til 40 (27.3– 4.5 2000)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). April 28, 2000. p. 14. Retrieved October 6, 2019.
  29. ^ a b "Chart Log UK 1994–2010 DJ T – Tzant". Zobbel. Retrieved March 10, 2019.
  30. ^ a b "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  31. ^ "Production Notes" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 112 no. 3. January 15, 2000. p. 69. Retrieved September 28, 2020.
  32. ^ Gottlieb, Meredith (April 20, 2000). "Third Eye Blind "Late" for New Video". MTV News. Retrieved July 4, 2020.
  33. ^ a b Never Let You Go (Australian CD single liner notes). Third Eye Blind. Elektra Records. 2000. 7559670162.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  34. ^ Never Let You Go (European maxi-CD single liner notes). Third Eye Blind. Elektra Records. 2000. 7559-67050-2.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  35. ^ "Most Played Adult Top 40 Songs of 2000" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 8 no. 51. December 22, 2000. p. 48. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
  36. ^ "Most Played Mainstream Top 40 Songs of 2000" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 8 no. 51. December 22, 2000. p. 54. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
  37. ^ "Most Played Modern Rock Songs of 2000" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 8 no. 51. December 22, 2000. p. 38. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
  38. ^ Hosken, Patrick (February 12, 2020). "5SOS And Hilary Duff Are Leading Pop's Third Eye Blind Revival". MTV News. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  39. ^ "Never Let You Go (feat. Matthew Koma & Hilary Duff) – Single by RAC". Apple Music. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  40. ^ "Never Let You Go · RAC, Matthew Koma, Hilary Duff". Spotify. Retrieved February 17, 2020.
  41. ^ RAC – 'Never Let You Go (ft. Matthew Koma & Hilary Duff)' (Lyric Video). YouTube. February 12, 2020.
  42. ^ 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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