Such Great Heights (4:25)

Cover of Give Up

From Give Up and 26 other releases

Such Great Heights is a single released on January 21, 2003 by The Postal Service, under the Sub Pop Records label. The single includes a previously unreleased track “There’s Never Enough Time” and two cover tracks by The Shins and Iron & Wine of “We Will Become Silhouettes” and “Such Great Heights”, respectively.

The tracks were recorded in early 2002, and were written by Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello, and included backing vocals in the studio recording by Jen Wood, whose other collaborations include work for The Black Heart Procession and Joan of Arc. It was the first CD released by The Postal Service, and a preview of Give Up, which was released a month later. The cover artwork was designed by Kozyndan.

The title song “Such Great Heights” has exhibited unusual staying power. It has consistently been one of the weekly top 5 most frequently played tracks on social music site since the website began, holding the top spot for the majority of 2005. The song’s reign in the top 10 ended in March 2007, when after the release of the Arcade Fire album, Neon Bible, the song did not make it as the top 10 was predominantly songs from Neon Bible. The song was featured on a 2004 episode of Veronica Mars. It has also been used in several television commercials, for organizations such as, Kaiser Permanente, Target, UPS and M&M’s. The song was also featured in the trailer for the 2004 film Garden State and the Iron & Wine cover version was featured in the film and its soundtrack. An instrumental version of the song is currently featured as part of UPS’s “Whiteboard” ad campaign, which was launched 6 January 2007, almost four years after the song was officially released.


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  • jaypfaff03

    How have I never realized this is the guy from Death Cab

    8 Apr 12:55am Reply
  • deadgrandma


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  • kill_ur_lover

    lovin' it!

    25 May 2014 Reply
  • Caltra

    This was the most skipped track in 2012. How random.

    10 May 2014 Reply
  • joshsaussey

    Beautiful track. Still as great as the first time I heard it many years ago.

    25 Apr 2014 Reply
  • nick_honest

    a masterpiece!

    23 Mar 2014 Reply
  • tresfoufou

    everything looks perfect from far away...

    3 Feb 2014 Reply


    9 Jan 2014 Reply
  • IAmMrDexB

    Terribly sad for the most skipped track. This is the first track where I actually managed to do 60s dance moves. Not in a bad way. I just don't dance often.

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • enriquep15

    I'm not over any of them.

    25 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Boosh1988

    The Handbook Guide to Long Distance Relationships - Page One: this song.

    11 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Ezekiel22


    5 Jul 2013 Reply
  • danhawkins93

    First time listening to the postal service. Straight off a great track and warm sounding artists

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • TylerSymes

    Overrated band/song. I kinda liked this but testra ads ruined it.

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
  • siddyburn

    Most skipped track... sounds actually okay.

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • slunglow

    **** me, this is such a beautiful, powerful, perfect song and reach-out/lament. I am humbled...

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • tttaco112

    pshh theres more to this song than beepity boppities @maccrash

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • kalsonberry

    It's a great song, but it's probably the most skipped track because it comes up really often on everyone's radio.

    7 May 2013 Reply
  • maccrash

    lyrics are so shitty, thank goodness the beepity boppities make the song worth it :^)

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • mcrawford42

    I think I'm going to eat outside today for lunch. It's beautiful here in Boston.

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
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