Only Wanna Be with You

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Not to be confused with I Only Want to Be with You.
"Only Wanna Be With You"
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Single by Hootie & the Blowfish
from the album Cracked Rear View
Released July 17, 1995
Format CD single
Recorded 1994
Genre Pop rock, jam band
Length 3:46
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Mark Bryan, Bob Dylan, Dean Felber, Darius Rucker, Jim Sonefeld
Producer(s) Don Gehman
Hootie & the Blowfish singles chronology
"Let Her Cry"
"Only Wanna Be with You"
Music video
"Only Wanna Be With You" on YouTube

"Only Wanna Be with You" is a song by American rock group Hootie & the Blowfish. It was released in July 1995 as the third single from their breakthrough album, Cracked Rear View. It peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States, number one on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart, number 3 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and number 2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. It is arguably the band's signature song.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Only Wanna Be with You" (Radio Edit) 3:46
2. "Use Me" (Live) 5:11
3. "Only Wanna Be with You" (Live) 4:00


One verse of the song describes "[putting] on a little Dylan." The verse then references three songs on the first side of Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks album. The lyric "sittin' on a fence" quotes Dylan's "You're a Big Girl Now." The song then references and quotes extensively from the next song on the album, Dylan's "Idiot Wind". The song then mentions Dylan's "Tangled up in Blue."[1] Apparently, however, Dylan felt that the references to his works infringed on his original work, causing him to sue Hootie for unauthorized use of his lyrics. VH1 reported that Dylan received a large, out-of-court settlement in 1995.[2]

Also mentioned in the bridge of the song is a reference "I'm such a baby cause the Dolphins make me cry," alluding to Darius Rucker's favorite football team and their championship drought.

Music video[edit]

The music video, similar to the song, had a sports theme, incorporating many elements from ESPN SportsCenter. The video featured appearances by (then-current) SportsCenter anchors Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick, Mike Tirico, Charley Steiner and Chris Berman, reporting on the band playing in games with several professional athletes, including Dan Marino, Fred Couples, Alonzo Mourning, Muggsy Bogues, Alex English, Walt Williams, and Charles Smith.[3][4] Rucker said the video was his idea, adding, "It was just a way to meet all our idols." [5]

Cover versions[edit]


Bob Rivers recorded a parody of the song, "Three Inch Tool", as part of his 1997 compilation album Best Of Twisted Tunes Vol. 1.[6]


Chart (1995–96) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[7] 40
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 65
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 44
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 17
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[11] 83
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 87
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 6
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[13] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[14] 3
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 22
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 2
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 3

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1995) Position
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[15] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 33
Chart (1996) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 99

In December 2007, VH1 placed it at No. 45 on their countdown for the "100 Greatest Songs of the 90s".[citation needed]