Wherever You Will Go

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"Wherever You Will Go"
The calling wherever you.png
Single by The Calling
from the album Camino Palmero
ReleasedMay 21, 2001 (2001-05-21)
Recorded1999-2000
Studio
GenrePost-grunge[1]
Length3:29
LabelRCA Records
Songwriter(s)Alex Band · Aaron Kamin
Producer(s)Marc Tanner
The Calling singles chronology
"Wherever You Will Go"
(2001)
"Adrienne"
(2001)
Music video
"Wherever You Will Go" on YouTube

"Wherever You Will Go" is the debut single by American band The Calling. The song was released on May 21, 2001, as the first single from their debut studio album Camino Palmero (2001). It remains their most renowned and their most successful hit, peaking at number five 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, behind "Smooth" by Santana and Rob Thomas. It was named the number-one song of the decade of 2000's on the Adult Pop Charts by Billboard magazine. Outside the United States, the song experienced similar success, peaking atop the music charts of Italy, New Zealand, and Poland, reaching number three in the United Kingdom, number five in Australia, and becoming a top 10 hit in several European countries.

Background and writing[edit]

Songwriter Aaron Kamin told Launch about the background behind the song. He said, "My cousin passed away, and he and his wife had been married for 50 some-odd years, and I was just putting myself in her shoes. Like, losing somebody after, like, 50 years." 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. The group's lead singer, 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]

Charlene Soraia version[edit]

"Wherever You Will Go"
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Single by Charlene Soraia
from the album Moonchild and Love Is The Law
ReleasedSeptember 30, 2011
GenrePop
Length3:17
LabelPeacefrog
Songwriter(s)

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 three 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.[44]

Track listing[edit]

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

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011/2012) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[45] 20
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[46] 3
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[47] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[48] 3
UK Official Streaming Chart Top 100[49] 81

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 30 September 2011[50] Digital download Peacefrog

Daniel Evans version[edit]

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

In popular culture[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.[51]

In 2001, the UPN network used the song to promote the debut of Star Trek: Enterprise.[52]

The song was featured in the 2003 British comedy-drama film Love Actually during a scene in which Colin (Kris Marshall) participates in an orgy with a group of Wisconsinite girls shortly after arriving in the United States.

The song plays during the final scenes of the series finale of Saving Grace, a TNT drama that aired from 2007 to 2010.

The song plays on Smallville during the final scene of the episode Metamorphosis (01x02)

The song was parodied on Madtv by several of the cast playing The Calling, Scott Stapp of Creed, Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam, and Ray Charles, making fun of how all the bands' voices sound the same and each accuse the other of getting famous by imitating them.

References[edit]

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