“Wherever You Will Go” is the title of a song written and recorded by American alternative rock band The Calling. It was released in June 2001 as the first single of their debut album Camino Palmero. It remains their most renowned and their most successful hit, peaking at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topping the Adult Top 40 for 23 weeks, setting a record for that chart behind Santana’s hit song “Smooth” (lead singer Alex Band would later collaborate with Santana on an alternate version of that band’s song “Why Don’t You & I”).
Background and writing
Songwriter Aaron Kamin told LAUNCH about the background behind the song. “My cousin passed away, and he and his wife had been married for 50 some-odd years, and I was just putting myself in his shoes. Like, losing somebody after, like, 50 years,” Kamin said. He went on to refer to the September 11 attacks that occurred only a few months after the song’s release and said that the song has “become more relevant in our lives as the world has changed recently. It’s been rekindled even more so for us, I think, right about now.”