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"Unwell"
Single by Matchbox Twenty
from the album More Than You Think You Are
ReleasedFebruary 3, 2003 (2003-02-03)
Studio
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. "Unwell" spent 18 weeks atop the US Billboard Adult Top 40 chart and two weeks atop the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. It also reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming their third and final top-10 hit. Internationally, the single became a top-20 hit in Australia, peaking at No. 12, and a top-10 hit in New Zealand, peaking at No. 8. "Unwell" was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004 for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.[1]

Content[edit]

On the live DVD Show: A Night in the Life of Matchbox Twenty, lead singer 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."

Reception[edit]

The song 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.

Music video[edit]

Directed by Meiert Avis, the music video predominantly features 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 bandmates 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.

Track listing[edit]

German and Australian CD single[2]

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

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits are taken from the More Than You Think You Are album booklet.[3]

Studios

Personnel

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[23] 3× Platinum 210,000
United States (RIAA)[24] 3× Platinum 3,000,000

Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Complete list of 46th annual Grammy winners and nominees". Chicago Tribune. Associated Press. December 4, 2003. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  2. ^ Unwell (German & Australian CD single liner notes). Matchbox Twenty. Atlantic Records. 2003. 7567880582.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  3. ^ More Than You Think You Are (US CD album booklet). Matchbox Twenty. Atlantic Records. 2002. 83612-2.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  4. ^ "Matchbox Twenty – Unwell". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  5. ^ "Matchbox Twenty – Unwell". Top 40 Singles.
  6. ^ "Arhiva romanian top 100 – Editia 37, saptamina 29.09–05-10, 2003" (in Romanian). Romanian Top 100. Archived from the original on May 14, 2005. Retrieved November 30, 2020.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  8. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  9. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Singles for 2003". ARIA. Retrieved May 10, 2021.
  14. ^ "Brazilian Top 100 Year-End 2003". Crowley Broadcast Analysis. April 3, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  15. ^ "End of Year Charts 2003". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved April 1, 2020.
  16. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 2003". Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  17. ^ "The Year in Charts 2003: Most-Played Adult Top 40 Songs" (PDF). Airplay Monitor. Vol. 11, no. 51. December 19, 2003. p. 22. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  18. ^ "The Year in Charts 2003: Most-Played AC Songs" (PDF). Airplay Monitor. Vol. 11, no. 51. December 19, 2003. p. 25. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  19. ^ "The Year in Charts 2003: Most-Played Mainstream Top 40 Songs" (PDF). Airplay Monitor. Vol. 11, no. 51. December 19, 2003. p. 14. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  20. ^ "Year in Music & Touring: Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks". Billboard. Vol. 116, no. 52. December 25, 2004. p. YE-74. Retrieved November 26, 2023.
  21. ^ "2004 The Year in Charts: Most-Played Adult Top 40 Songs". Billboard Radio Monitor. Vol. 12, no. 51. December 17, 2004. p. 26.
  22. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 Decade-End 2000–2009". Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  23. ^ "ARIA Jan 2024 Single Accreditations" (PDF). dropbox.com. ARIA. Retrieved February 6, 2024.
  24. ^ "American single certifications – Matchbox Twenty – Unwell". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 7, 2023.
  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.