The Reason

Album: The Reason (2004)
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Songfacts®:

  • Hoobastank struck gold with this emotional ballad, which peaked at #2 on the Hot 100, spending 38 weeks on the tally. It also reached the Top 10 on charts worldwide, peaking at #1 in Italy.
  • The romantic lyric finds lead singer Doug Robb confessing to his shortcomings within a relationship. He regrets upsetting his lover with his failings and vows to change. Robb tells her she is "the reason" he is determined to be a better person.
  • Hoobastank released the song as the second single from The Reason on April 26, 2004. After the band dropped the album on December 9, 2003 it originally peaked at #45 on the Billboard 200, but the success of the title track sent the album back into the charts, this time to #3.
  • "The Reason" got a huge boost when it featured in the final episode of Friends on May 6, 2004. Robb admitted to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that he wasn't one of the 52.5 million people who tuned in to watch.

    "I've never seen a single episode of Friends. I just don't watch sitcoms," he said. "The only sitcom I watch is The Simpsons. I rarely watch TV. I got more calls and e-mails about that than a lot of other things that were happening to us that were more impressive. But it was a good way to get the song out to a jillion people."
  • This was Hoobastank's biggest hit by far. Their only other songs to reach the Hot 100 were "Crawling in the Dark" (#68) and "Running Away" (#44).
  • In 2021 "The Reason" found a fresh surge of popularity when it became the soundtrack of choice for TikTok users posting confessional videos. Under the hashtag #NotAPerfectPerson, people admitted to failings and embarrassing moments from their past to the song's opening lyrics, "I'm not a perfect person."

    Hoobastank uploaded their own video in the #NotAPerfectPerson challenge on January 27, 2021. They posted the clip with the caption: "Realizing 20 years later that you named your band Hoobastank."

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