With Arms Wide Open

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"With Arms Wide Open"
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Single by Creed
from the album Human Clay
B-side
  • "One"
  • "Wash Away Those Years"
ReleasedApril 24, 2000
FormatCD
Recorded1998
GenrePost-grunge
Length
  • 4:36 (album version)
  • 3:53 (radio version)
LabelWind-up
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Ron Saint Germain
  • John Kurzweg
Creed singles chronology
"What If"
(2000)
"With Arms Wide Open"
(2000)
"Are You Ready?"
(2000)

"With Arms Wide Open" is a song by American rock band Creed. It was released on April 24, 2000 as the third single from their second studio album, Human Clay. The song topped the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart (most airplay of a track from an album) for four weeks in July 2000; a month later it reached the U.S. top 40 (in sales). In October, the song hit the top ten and topped the Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart for eight weeks. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on the issue dated November 11, 2000 for one week, becoming their first and only number one. The music video topped VH1's top ten countdown in 2000. In February 2001, Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song. The song was also nominated for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, but lost to U2 for "Beautiful Day". In September, it was announced that Creed would release a limited edition single of "With Arms Wide Open" with some profits benefiting Scott Stapp's With Arms Wide Open Foundation to "promote healthy, loving relationships between children and their families".

Three main versions of the song exist. One is the original album version. The second is the radio version, which adds additional hi-hat and drums, and also edits out the ending. The third is the video version (or "Strings Remix") which adds strings to the radio version.

Background and writing[edit]

Scott Stapp wrote the lyrics when he found out, with great surprise, that he was going to be a father.

Track listing[edit]

US single (18004-2)

  1. "With Arms Wide Open (Strings Version)"
  2. "With Arms Wide Open (Acoustic Version)"
  3. "With Arms Wide Open (Rock Version)"
  4. "With Arms Wide Open (Video – Viewable on PC)"

EU maxi-single (670695 2)

  1. "With Arms Wide Open (New Version)"
  2. "With Arms Wide Open (Strings Version)"
  3. "With Arms Wide Open (Acoustic Version)"
  4. "With Arms Wide Open (Album Version)"
  5. "With Arms Wide Open (Video – Viewable on PC)"

Australia and New Zealand maxi-single (670739 2)

  1. "With Arms Wide Open (New Version)"
  2. "Wash Away Those Years"
  3. "One"
  4. "With Arms Wide Open (Strings Version)"
  5. "With Arms Wide Open (Video – Viewable on PC)"

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2000–2001) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[1] 4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 15
Brazil (ABPD)[3] 12
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[4] 2
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[5] 33
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[6] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 42
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 40
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 75
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 10
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 6
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[12] 17
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 70
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[14] 13
UK Rock and Metal (Official Charts Company)[15] 1
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 2
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[16] 29
US Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 1
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 37
US Billboard Hot 100[18] 36
Chart (2001) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[19] 39

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Creed – With Arms Wide Open". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  2. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Creed – With Arms Wide Open" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  3. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 7292." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 7262." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Rock/Alternative Tracks: Issue 9941." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Creed – With Arms Wide Open". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "Chart Track: Week 4, 2001". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Creed – With Arms Wide Open" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  10. ^ "Charts.nz – Creed – With Arms Wide Open". Top 40 Singles.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Creed – With Arms Wide Open". VG-lista.
  12. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Creed – With Arms Wide Open". Swiss Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  15. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  16. ^ http://www.billboard.com/artist/299751/creed/chart?f=341
  17. ^ "End of Year Charts 2000". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  18. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Retrieved 2010-08-31.
  19. ^ "Longbored Surfer 2001". Retrieved 28 August 2014.

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