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"Only Wanna Be with You" is a song by American rock band Hootie & the Blowfish. It was released in July 1995 as the third single from their breakthrough album, Cracked Rear View. It peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100, number one on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 chart, number three on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and number two on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Internationally, the song topped the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart for three weeks, becoming the second-most successful song of 1995, and reached the top 40 in Australia and New Zealand while also charting in Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. It is arguably the band's signature song. Darius Rucker still performs the song solo.

"Only Wanna Be With You"
H and TB - Only Wanna Be With You single.png
Single by Hootie & the Blowfish
from the album Cracked Rear View
ReleasedJuly 17, 1995
FormatCD
Recorded1994
Genre
Length3:46
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Don Gehman
Hootie & the Blowfish singles chronology
"Let Her Cry"
(1994)
"Only Wanna Be With You"
(1995)
"Time"
(1995)
Music video
"Only Wanna Be With You" on YouTube

The song was featured in the films Marley & Me, Ted, and Annie.

Contents

Track listingsEdit

CD single
No.TitleLength
1."Only Wanna Be with You" (radio edit)3:46
2."Use Me" (live)5:11
3."Only Wanna Be with You" (live)5:00

ContentEdit

One verse of the song describes "[putting] on a little Dylan". The verse then references songs on Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks, quoting extensively from "Idiot Wind". The song then mentions "Tangled Up in Blue".[1] According to Rucker, Dylan’s management were aware of the lyrics and had no problem with them; however, when the song became a hit, they objected.[2] He told Rolling Stone that "it never got to the point where we were sued... When we first did that song we sent it to the publishing company and everything was fine. We played it for years and had a really big hit with it. Then they wanted some money, and they got it."[3] VH1 reported that Dylan received a large, out-of-court settlement in 1995. [4]

Also mentioned in the bridge of the song is a reference "I'm such a baby cause the Dolphins make me cry", alluding to Darius Rucker's favorite football team and their championship drought.

Music videoEdit

The music video, similar to the song, had a sports theme, incorporating many elements from ESPN SportsCenter. The video featured appearances by (then-current) SportsCenter anchors Keith Olbermann, Dan Patrick, Mike Tirico, Charley Steiner and Chris Berman, reporting on the band playing in games with several professional athletes, including Dan Marino, Fred Couples, Alonzo Mourning, Muggsy Bogues, Alex English, Walt Williams, and Charles Smith.[5][6] Rucker said the video was his idea, adding, "It was just a way to meet all our idols."[7]

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=490
  2. ^ Dukes, Billy (July 6, 2013). "Remember when Bob Dylan sued Darius Rucker?". Taste of Country. Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  3. ^ Greene, Andy (July 19, 2013). "Darius Rucker on 'Wagon Wheel' and the Future of Hootie". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
  4. ^ http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=490
  5. ^ http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=490
  6. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/music/post/_/id/4582/the-5-worst-athlete-cameos-in-music-videos
  7. ^ http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,298089,00.html
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Hootie & the Blowfish – Only Wanna Be with You". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
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  10. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 9107." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Hootie & the Blowfish – Only Wanna Be with You". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  12. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Hootie & the Blowfish – Only Wanna Be with You" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  13. ^ "Charts.nz – Hootie & the Blowfish – Only Wanna Be with You". Top 40 Singles.
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  18. ^ "Hootie & the Blowfish Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  19. ^ "Hootie & the Blowfish Chart History (Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  20. ^ "Hootie & the Blowfish Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  21. ^ "Hootie & the Blowfish Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 17, 2010.
  22. ^ "RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1995". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  23. ^ "RPM Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks of 1995". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 29, 2019.