With Arms Wide Open (4:24)

Cover of Human Clay

From Human Clay and 41 other releases

“With Arms Wide Open” is a song composed by the band Creed, featured on the album Human Clay. Scott Stapp wrote the lyrics when he found out that he was going to be a father. His son would be named Jagger. “With Arms Wide Open” 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 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”. 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. In February 2001, Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Song, and the band was nominated for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for the song.

The song was ranked number four on VH1’s 25 Greatest Power Ballads.

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