The Reason (Hoobastank song)

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"The Reason"
Hoobastank - The Reason (song).jpg
Single by Hoobastank
from the album The Reason
B-side"Out of Control" (live)
ReleasedApril 27, 2004 (2004-04-27)[1]
Recorded2003
Genre
Length3:53
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Douglas Robb
  • Dan Estrin
  • Chris Hesse
  • Markku Lappalainen
Producer(s)Howard Benson
Hoobastank singles chronology
"Out of Control"
(2003)
"The Reason"
(2004)
"Same Direction"
(2004)
Music video
"The Reason" on YouTube

"The Reason" is a power ballad[4] by American rock band Hoobastank. Released in April 2004 as the second single from their second studio album of the same name, the song is Hoobastank's most commercially successful single, peaking at number two on the US Billboard Hot 100—behind Usher's "Burn"—and number one on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart, and was nominated for Song of the Year at the 47th Grammy Awards in 2005. Internationally, "The Reason" reached number one in Italy and peaked within the top 10 in 10 other countries.

Chart performance[edit]

On March 20, 2004, the song debuted on the US Billboard Hot 100 at number 62, becoming that week's "Hot Shot Debut".[5] It reached its peak of number two after 13 more weeks on the listing, giving the band their highest-charting US single. It was also their last Hot 100 hit, remaining on the chart for a total of 38 issues.[6] The single peaked atop the Billboard Adult Pop Songs, Modern Rock Tracks, and Mainstream Top 40 charts.[7][8][9] In Canada, it topped Radio & Records' CHR/Pop, Hot AC, and Rock charts.[10][11][12]

In Europe, "The Reason" reached number one on the Italian Singles Chart and the UK Rock & Metal Chart for two weeks each.[13][14] On the UK Singles Chart, it debuted and peaked at number 12.[15] Across the rest of Europe, the track entered the top 10 in Austria,[16] the Czech Republic,[17] Greece,[18] the Netherlands,[19] Norway,[20] Sweden,[21] Switzerland,[22] and Wallonia.[23] It was also successful in Oceania, reaching number seven in Australia and number five in New Zealand.[1][24]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Brett Simon.[25] In it, the band members stage a diversion so they can carry out the elaborate theft of a ruby gem from a pawnshop, but those facts are only clear after enough of the action unfolds: nothing is as it seems. In the beginning of the video, a woman gets hit by a car and then turns out to be an accessory to the crime. After the "accident", while everyone's attention is diverted, the band members execute the heist. The viewer then realizes that she was in on the operation, as she gets up and rides off with an accomplice on a motorcycle at the end. The presumed owner of the pawnshop displays a look of realization, and the song ends with the band admiring their new acquisition, holding it up to the light and projecting red light-rays onto the ceiling. The accident's "victim" is also present. They then hear police sirens from above, and the video fades out.

Their music video "Same Direction" is intended as both a sequel and a prequel to the video for "The Reason" and further details the band member's roles, as well as showing the trouble they bring down on themselves from law enforcement.[26]

Track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[54] Gold 35,000^
Italy (FIMI)[55] Gold 25,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[56] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[57] Gold 500,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

In popular culture[edit]

"The Reason" was featured in the series finale of American sitcom Friends, "The Last One", which gave the song a boost in popularity.[58] It also appeared on the PlayStation 2 music video game SingStar.[59]

References[edit]

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