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"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 of November 11, 2000 for one week, and 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".

"With Arms Wide Open"
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Single by Creed
from the album Human Clay
B-side
  • "One"
  • "Wash Away Those Years"
Released April 24, 2000
Format CD
Recorded 1998
Genre Post-grunge
Length
  • 4:36 (album version)
  • 3:53 (radio version)
Label Wind-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)
"What If"
(2000)
"With Arms Wide Open"
(2000)
"Are You Ready?"
(2000)

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.

Contents

Background and writingEdit

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

Track listingEdit

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)"

Chart performanceEdit

Peak positionsEdit

Chart (2000–01) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[1] 4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 15
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[3] 12
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM) 1
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 2
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 42
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 75
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 10
Norway (VG-lista)[7] 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 70
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 13
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 2
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[9] 29
US Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 1
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2000) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 36
Chart (2001) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[11] 39


ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Preceded by
"I Disappear by Metallica
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
July 8, 2000 – July 29, 2000
Succeeded by
"I Disappear" by Metallica
Preceded by
"Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down
Canadian RPM Rock/Alternative 30 number-one single
July 31, 2000
Succeeded by
"Wonderful" by Everclear
Preceded by
"Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream number-one single
October 28, 2000
November 11, 2000 – December 2, 2000
Succeeded by
"Kryptonite" by 3 Doors Down
"Independent Women Part I" by Destiny's Child
Preceded by
"Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)" by Christina Aguilera
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
November 11, 2000
Succeeded by
"Independent Women Part I" by Destiny's Child