Wishing I Was There

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"Wishing I Was There"
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Single by Natalie Imbruglia
from the album Left of the Middle
B-side "Why", "Impressed"
Released 31 May 1998 (1998-05-31)
Format CD single
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:25 (Radio Edit)
3:50 (Album Version)
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Natalie Imbruglia, Phil Thornalley, Colin Campsie
Producer(s) Phil Thornalley
Natalie Imbruglia singles chronology
"Big Mistake"
"Wishing I Was There"

"Wishing I Was There" is a Pop rock song by Australian singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia, released on 31 May 1998 as the third single from her debut album Left of the Middle. The track was produced by Phil Thornalley and was co-written by Imbruglia, Thornalley and Colin Campsie. The single peaked at No. 19 on the UK Singles Chart, top 30 on the ARIA Singles Chart and top 40 in New Zealand.


On 31 May 1998 Australian-born singer-songwriter, Natalie Imbruglia, released "Wishing I Was There" as the third single from her debut album, Left of the Middle. From early 1993 Imbruglia was an actor on the Australian soap opera, Neighbours.[1] In 1994 at the end of her second year, she left the show to move to London.[2]

Imbruglia's debut single, "Torn" (1997), was a cover of an Ednaswap song. It reached number two in the UK Singles Chart in November 1997.[3] Her debut album, Left of the Middle, followed on 8 December 1997. The second single was "Big Mistake", which debuted at number two.

"Wishing I Was There" followed and was less successful than her first two singles, reaching number 19 on the UK Singles Chart,[4] top 30 on the ARIA Singles Chart and top 40 in New Zealand.[5][6] The final single from Left of the Middle was "Smoke", and the reception was more divided compared with her previous singles. It was a hit in the UK and made the top 5,[4] while in Australia it missed the top 40.[5]


"Wishing I Was There" is a song with an album version length of three minutes and 52 seconds and a single version of four minutes and 25 seconds.[7][8] The song is set in the key of F major and has a medium tempo – 96 beats per minute – with a piano, guitar and vocal arrangement. Chris Thompson provides unison background vocals on the album version of the chorus.[9] Imbruglia is co-credited, with Phil Thornalley and Colin Campsie, for both lyrics and music.[10]

The video was shot in parts of New York. Towards the end of the video, the now destroyed World Trade Centre complex and parts of lower Manhattan are featured.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wishing I Was There" – 4:25
  2. "Big Mistake" (live version on MTV) – 5:07
  3. "Why" – 4:18
UK CD2 (limited edition)
  1. "Wishing I Was There" – 4:25
  2. "Wishing I Was There" (Transister Remix) – 3:33
  3. "Impressed" – 4:08


Chart (1998) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[11] 24
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[12] 5
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[13] 5
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles[14] 73
France (SNEP)[15] 56
Germany (Official German Charts)[16] 68
Italy (FIMI)[17] 27
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[18] 77
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 40
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[4] 19
US Billboard Adult Top 40[20] 13
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[20] 26
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[20] 15


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  2. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia: La biografia" (in Italian). mtv.it. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Roberts, David. Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums. Guinness World Records Ltd 17th edition (2004), p. 267 ISBN 0-85112-199-3
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  5. ^ a b "Discography Natalie Imbruglia". Australian-Charts.com. eMedia Jungen. Retrieved 22 October 2009.
  6. ^ "Discography Natalie Imbruglia". Charts.org.nz. eMedia Jungen. Retrieved 22 October 2009.
  7. ^ Prato, Greg. "Left of the Middle – Natalie Imbruglia". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Wishing I Was There" (CD Single). Natalie Imbruglia. United Kingdom: RCA Records. 1998. 74321 58647 2. 
  9. ^ "Natalie Imbruglia – 'Wishing I Was There' Sheet Music". Musicnotes, Inc. (Kathleen Marsh). Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "'Wishing I Was There' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Natalie Imbruglia – Wishing I Was There". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Natalie Imbruglia – Wishing I Was There" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  13. ^ Canadian peak
  14. ^ "Discografie Natalie Imbruglia". Eurochart. Retrieved 4 August 2010.
  15. ^ "Lescharts.com – Natalie Imbruglia – Wishing I Was There" (in French). Les classement single.
  16. ^ "Musicline.de – Natalie Imbruglia Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  17. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: I". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Natalie Imbruglia – Wishing I Was There" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  19. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Natalie Imbruglia – Wishing I Was There". Top 40 Singles.
  20. ^ a b c "Natalie Imbruglia > Chart & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved 22 October 2009.

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