Wherever You Will Go

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"Wherever You Will Go"
Single by The Calling
from the album Camino Palmero
Released June 4, 2001
Recorded 2001
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge[1]
Length 3:29
Label RCA
Writer(s) Alex Band, Aaron Kamin
Producer(s) Marc Tanner
The Calling singles chronology
"Wherever You Will Go'"
Music video
"Wherever You Will Go" on YouTube

"Wherever You Will Go" is the debut single by American alternative rock band The Calling. The song was released in June 2001 as the first single from their debut album Camino Palmero. It remains their most renowned and their most successful hit, peaking at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Adult Top 40 for 23 weeks, the second longest running number one in the chart's history. It was named the number 1 song of the decade on the Adult Pop Charts by Billboard magazine.

Background and writing[edit]

Songwriter Aaron Kamin told Launch about the background behind the song. "My cousin passed away, and he and his wife had been married for 50 some-odd years, and I was just putting myself in his shoes. Like, losing somebody after, like, 50 years," Kamin said. He went on to refer to the September 11 attacks that occurred only a few months after the song's release and said that the song has "become more relevant in our lives as the world has changed recently. It's been rekindled even more so for us, I think, right about now."[2]

Music video[edit]

Two videos were shot for this song. The first was set in Mexico. The other version, which is more popular, was directed by Gregory Dark, and has the band performing in the concrete channel of the Los Angeles River, while a teenage soap opera plays in the foreground. A teenage girl gets her boyfriend's name tattooed on her shoulder, but when she finds him cheating with another girl, she flies into a rage, destroying most of his belongings. At the end of the video, she is seen with a new boyfriend (male model and then-fledgling actor Drew Fuller) with a flower tattoo covering the name, as her jealous ex watches her from his car. Alex Band can also be seen in some scenes singing in the foreground of some of the storyline, such as when the girl is seen destroying the belongings.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Moi... Lolita" by Alizée
Italian number-one single
June 8, 2002
Succeeded by
"Stop Crying Your Heart Out" by Oasis
Preceded by
"Insatiable" by Darren Hayes
New Zealand number-one single
April 28, 2002
Succeeded by
"Don't Let Me Get Me" by Pink

Charlene Soraia version[edit]

"Wherever You Will Go"
Single by Charlene Soraia
from the album Moonchild and Love Is The Law
Released September 30, 2011
Genre Pop music
Length 3:17
Label Peacefrog

The song was covered by Charlene Soraia for use in a Twinings advert in the UK. It was released in the UK as a digital download on 30 September 2011. On 5 October 2011 the song was number 22 on The Official Chart Update, it entered the UK Singles Chart at number 20, and peaked at number 3 two weeks later. It is the lead single from her debut studio album Moonchild.

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was uploaded to YouTube on 3 October 2011 at a total length of three minutes and thirty-eight seconds. The video shows Soraia in the studio performing the song.[16]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
No. Title Length
1. "Wherever You Will Go"   3:17
2. "Lightyears"   3:03

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011–12) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 20
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[18] 3
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[19] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 3
UK Official Streaming Chart Top 100[21] 81

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 30 September 2011[22] Digital download Peacefrog Records

Daniel Evans version[edit]

Daniel Evans, a finalist on series 5 of The X Factor (UK) released a slightly more mellow version for his debut album, No Easy Way in 2010.

Pop culture references[edit]

The song was featured in the 2000 film Coyote Ugly in the scene where Violet first sees Kevin. The Calling performs the song live.[23]

The National Hockey League used the song to promote the 2001 Stanley Cup playoffs.

On October 23, 2001, the Calling's version was featured on Smallville in the episode Metamorphosis.

In 2001, the UPN network used the song to promote the debut of Star Trek: Enterprise.[24]

The Calling performs this song in the 2003 film Love Actually.

On December 13, 2012 the Charlene Soraia version was featured on The CW TV series Beauty & the Beast in the episode "Bridesmaid Up!" and it was also in the June 2, 2014 episode "Beast is the New Black."


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  7. ^ "Nielsen Music Control". Archived from the original on 2008-05-08. 
  8. ^ Romanian peak at the Wayback Machine (archived February 16, 2005)
  9. ^ "Archive Chart: 2002-06-30". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  10. ^ "The Calling - Wherever You Will Go". acharts.us. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Chart Top 100". Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "BBC - Radio 1 - Charts - The Official UK Top 40 Singles Chart". Radio 1. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Italian single certifications – The Calling – Wherever You Will Go" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved November 22, 2014.  Select Online in the field Sezione. Enter The Calling in the field Filtra. The certification will load automatically
  15. ^ "British single certifications – Calling – Wherever You Will Go". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved February 6, 2016.  Enter Wherever You Will Go in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  16. ^ Charlene Soraia Wherever You Will Go - Twinings Advert Song 2011 on YouTube
  17. ^ "Chart Track: Week 45, 2011". Irish Singles Chart.
  18. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-10-29". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-10-15" UK Indie Chart.
  20. ^ "Archive Chart: 2011-10-29" UK Singles Chart.
  21. ^ Official Streaming Chart Top 100 - 21st December 2013 The Official Streaming Chart Top 100 - Official Charts
  22. ^ Wherever You Will Go - Single by Charlene Soraia iTunes
  23. ^ Calling Band. "Blog". thecallingband.com. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  24. ^ Star Trek Enterprise Intro (OG Pilot) 0.30m on YouTube

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