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
Released January 2000
Format CD
Recorded 1999
Genre Alternative rock, power pop
Length 3:56
Label Elektra
Writer(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[1] and also spent three weeks at number-one in Canada.[2]


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.

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."i[3]

In popular culture[edit]

It was included on the soundtrack to the 2002 film, Clockstoppers as well as the 2001 film Say It Isn't So. A re-recording of this song is available for Rock Band 2 via the Rock Band Network. It is also heard in the 2000 film, Coyote Ugly. Alvin and the Chipmunks covered this song for their 2007 video game Alvin and the Chipmunks. It was also featured in the fourth American Pie installment, American Reunion.

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.


Chart (2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 63
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[2] 1
Canadian Top 30 Rock Report (RPM) 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 15
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 195
US Billboard Hot 100 14
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 11
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 5
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 4
US Billboard Adult Top 40 3
Year-end chart (2000) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 43


  1. ^ [1] Billboard Chart History
  2. ^ a b "Top Singles - Volume 70, No. 21, March 27, 2000". RPM. Retrieved June 8, 2010. 
  3. ^ Billboard, January 15, 2000 - Page 23
  4. ^ " – Third Eye Blind – Never Let You Go". Top 40 Singles.
  5. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 2000". Retrieved 2010-08-31. 

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