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"With Arms Wide Open"
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, hard rock
Length 4:36
Label Wind-up
Writer(s) Scott Stapp, Mark Tremonti
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 power ballad composed by the band Creed, featured on the album Human Clay. Scott Stapp wrote the lyrics when he found out with great surprise that he was going to be a father. The song topped the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart for four weeks in July 2000; a month later it reached the U.S. Top 40. In October, the song hit the top ten and topped Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart for eight weeks. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on the issue dated November 11 for one week, and the 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". With the song topping the Hot 100, Mainstream Rock Tracks, Adult Top 40 and Mainstream Top 40 charts at number one, somehow it nearly did not make it to number one on the Modern Rock Tracks chart staying at number two for four consecutive weeks due to the long eleven week stay for 3 Doors Down's Kryptonite at the number one spot and Papa Roach's Last Resort and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Californication taking over the number one spot leading "With Arms Wide Open" to not hit number one.

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.

Chart performance[]

Peak positions[]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 2
US Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 1
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 1
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 1
Canadian RPM Singles Chart 2
Canadian RPM Rock/Alternative Chart 1
German Singles Chart 2
Netherlands Singles Chart 5
Norweigan Singles Chart 6
Swiss Sinngles Chart 7
UK Singles Chart 13

Year-end charts[]

Chart (2000) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 36

James Harrison version[]

"With Arms Wide Open"
Single by James Harrison
from the album Rock Covers
Released August 14, 2010
April 12, 2014
Format CD, Digital download
Recorded 2010
2014
Genre Soft rock (2010 version)
Post-grunge (2014 version)
Length 4:26
Label EMI
Producer(s) James Harrison
James Harrison singles chronology
"Crossing Over"
(2009)
"With Arms Wide Open"
(2010)
"Lucky Strike"
(2011)
James Harrison singles chronology
"Smooth Criminal"
(2014)
"With Arms Wide Open"
(2014)
"Powerless"
(2014)

Harrison originally recorded a cover of the song in 2010 after discovering he was to become a father in the next few months.

In 2014 James Harrison re-recorded the song for his album Rock Covers. Harrison's version saw more success than the original as it repeated the success in the US by topping the Billboard Hot 100 and it reached number one in the UK bettering the peak of thirteen the original reached. The song debuted at No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart despite being released the day before the charts were released. It then reached No. 1 the following week before slipping to No. 3 the next week. On May 25, 2014 it had dropped to No. 21 in the charts before returning to No. 1 the next week and spending the next five weeks at the top of the charts. It has also spent nine consecutive weeks a top the Billboard Hot 100, it is still a top both charts. The song has been regarded as one of the best covers songs of all-time. The song had been recorded in an acoustic session. The song ranks as of his best-selling songs with around 10 million sales.

Weekly charts[]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 1
Brazil (Billboard Brasil Hot 100) 1
Brazil Hot Pop Songs 1
Bulgaria (IFPI) 1
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 1
Czech Republic (IFPI) 1
Denmark (Tracklisten) 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 1
France (SNEP) 1
Germany (Media Control AG) 1
Greece Airplay (IFPI) 1
Greece Digital Songs (Billboard) 1
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 1
Hungary (Single Top 20) 1
Ireland (IRMA) 1
Italy (FIMI) 1
Japan (Oricon) 1
Mexico Anglo Chart (Monitor Latino) 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1
Norway (VG-lista) 1
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 20) 1
Scotland (Official Charts Company) 1
South Africa (EMA) 1
Spain (PROMUSICAE) 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
Turkey (Turkish Singles Chart) 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 1
US Billboard Hot 100 1
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