Unwell

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"Unwell"
Unwell.jpg
Single by Matchbox Twenty
from the album More Than You Think You Are
ReleasedFebruary 3, 2003 (2003-02-03)
Length3:48
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)Rob Thomas
Producer(s)Matt Serletic
Matchbox Twenty singles chronology
"Disease"
(2002)
"Unwell"
(2003)
"Bright Lights"
(2003)
Music video
"Unwell" on YouTube

"Unwell" is a song by American alternative rock group Matchbox Twenty. Released on February 3, 2003, as the second single from their third album, More Than You Think You Are (2002), it was written by Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas. It was successful on US radio, spending 18 weeks atop the US Billboard Adult Top 40 chart and two weeks atop the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart.[1] It also reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became a top-20 hit in Australia in New Zealand. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.[2]

Content[edit]

On the live DVD Show: A Night in the Life of Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas states that he wrote the song as a metaphor for humanity in general, a song for people who are "messed up and feel alone like that. We all feel a little messed up sometimes... you're not alone."

Music video[edit]

Directed by Meiert Avis, the music video predominantly features lead singer Rob Thomas seeing various odd occurrences throughout, all the while singing along to the song. The other band members only appear in cameos, notably when Thomas boards a subway and they are seen in the background. The appearance of the other band mates is also altered like most of the video (their noses are rather large). The other band members are also seen at the end of the video gathered in Thomas' room, and each takes their turn waving goodbye to the camera before Thomas does so as well at the end of the video. One of the reasons Thomas picked Avis to direct is because his concept for the video was the closest thing to an acid trip out of every other idea.

Critical reception[edit]

The song also was the second most-played song in the United States in 2003 according to Billboard magazine. The music video was No. 1 on VH1's Top 40 Videos of 2003. In 2011, VH1 named the song as the 82nd best song of the 2000s.

Track listing[edit]

US promo CD[3]

  1. Callout research hook – 0:13
  2. "Unwell" (album version) – 3:48

Australian CD single[4]

  1. "Unwell" (Avid Rough Cut 1) – 3:55
  2. "All I Need" (live) – 3:41
  3. "Unwell" (acoustic) – 4:12

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[23] Gold 35,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States February 3, 2003 (2003-02-03) Atlantic [25]
Australia April 21, 2003 (2003-04-21) CD [26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Complete list of 46th annual Grammy winners and nominees". Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. December 4, 2003. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  3. ^ Unwell (US promo CD liner notes). Matchbox Twenty. Atlantic Records. 2003. PRCD 301064.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  4. ^ a b "Matchbox Twenty – Unwell". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ "Matchbox Twenty – Unwell". Top 40 Singles.
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  8. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
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  10. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
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  13. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Singles for 2003". ARIA. Retrieved May 10, 2021.
  14. ^ "End of Year Charts 2003". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  15. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 2003". Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  16. ^ "Most-Played Adult Top 40 Songs" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 11 no. 51. December 19, 2003. p. 22. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  17. ^ "Most-Played AC Songs" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 11 no. 51. December 19, 2003. p. 25. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  18. ^ "Most-Played Mainstream Top 40 Songs" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 11 no. 51. December 19, 2003. p. 14. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  19. ^ "2004 The Year in Music". Billboard. Vol. 116 no. 52. December 25, 2004. p. YE-74. Retrieved November 5, 2021.
  20. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Decade-End 2000–2009". Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  21. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 60th Anniversary Interactive Chart". Billboard. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  22. ^ "Greatest of All Time Adult Pop Songs : Page 1". Billboard. March 18, 2016. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2003 Singles" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  24. ^ "American single certifications – Matchbox Twenty – Unwell". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  25. ^ "Going for Adds" (PDF). Radio & Records. No. 1489. January 31, 2003. p. 27. Retrieved May 10, 2021.
  26. ^ "The ARIA Report: New Releases Singles – Week Commencing 21st April 2003" (PDF). ARIA. April 21, 2003. p. 25. Archived from the original (PDF) on February 22, 2008. Retrieved May 10, 2021.