Writer(s): Douglas Robb, Dan Estrin, Chris Hesse, Markku Lappalainen (see lyrics here)
Released: April 27, 2004
First Charted: February 14, 2004
Peak: 2 US, 18 RR, 17 AC, 110 A40, 4 AR, 11 MR, 12 UK, 7 AU, 13 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)
Sales (in millions): 4.5 US, 0.4 UK, 4.94 world (includes US + UK)
Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 0.87 radio, 933.5 video, 686.05 streaming
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About the Song:
Rock band Hoobastank formed in 1994, self-releasing an album four years later and a major-label-released eponymous album in 2001. The latter went platinum on the strength of two singles which hit the top ten on both the alternative and mainstream rock charts. However, the band’s pinnacle came with “The Reason,” the second single from their 2003 album of the same name.
The gold-selling single reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the adult Top 40 and alternative rock charts. It was also featured in the final episode of hit TV show Friends, garnering over 52 million viewers. MTV The song also received a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year.
Hoobastank lead singer Doug Robb said he wasn’t sure why the song was so popular. “If anybody knew why, then everybody would be [writing hits]. For one reason or another, it’s connected with people. People come up to me and say, ‘I feel like you’re sitting right next to me and you picked my brain.’ Or ‘It’s everything I’m going through.’” MTV
The video starts off showing a woman getting hit by a car. By the end, however, it becomes clear it was staged when she gets up at the end and rides off on a motorcycle with an accomplice. It turns out the band members were planning a jewel heist and used the accident as a diversion. The viewers and the presumed owner of the victimized shop realize what has happened at the end.
First posted 5/9/2020; last updated 10/22/2022.