I'm With You

Let Go track listing
"Sk8er Boi"
"I'm With You"
(5 )

"I'm With You" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne for her debut album, Let Go. It was released on November 19, 2002 by Arista Records as the album's third single. The song was Lavigne's first ballad released as a single. It was the first Lavigne song to be nominated for a Grammy in the categories Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at 2004 Grammy Awards.

The song reached number one in Mexico, number four on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (Lavigne's third single to reach the top ten), number seven in the United Kingdom, number thirteen in Canada, and number one on the Global song chart. "I'm With You" received radio and television airplay in Australia, but it was not officially released there.


Critical reception

The arrangement of singles from Let Go, with "I'm With You" as the third, was regarded "controversial choices", given that "I'm With You" was "thought by some to be the biggest potential smash on the album", and could have established Lavigne as a more mature artist if it was released first. According to Reid, "Some people just really didn't get that. And with the first video, there was some concern that maybe because it's so young and so playful, it might alienate more serious music lovers."[1] KidsWorld called it "the perfect song to drown your sorrows to when that guy from your class breaks your heart."[2]

Chart performance

"I'm With You" became Lavigne's third top 10 song when it peaked at #4 on Billboard Hot 100 in 2003 during its ninth week on the chart.[3] The song spent ten consecutive weeks on the top 10 and twenty-seven weeks on the Hot 100 making it Lavigne's second-longest staying song on this chart, surpassed by her debut single "Complicated" which stayed on the chart for 31 weeks.[4][5] "I'm With You" ranked at #18 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 2003 and #13 on the Canadian Singles Chart.[6] The song was certified gold by Recording Industry Association of America in 2006 for sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States.[7] As a double-A-side DVD single, the "I'm With You"/"Sk8er Boi" video single was certified gold and platinum in 2003.[7]

In United Kingdom, "I'm With You" was released on March 31, 2003. The song debuted and peaked at #7 on the UK Singles Chart in 2003,[8] becoming her third top ten single on the chart. It debuted at #6 and peaked at #5 in Ireland, staying in the top ten for six weeks.[9] "I'm With You" reached top five in New Zealand; top ten in Belgium and the Netherlands; top twenty in Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Norway, and Denmark as well as reaching the top forty in France.[9]

Music video

The single's music video, directed by renowned photographer David LaChapelle, involves Lavigne, who is seen alone, trying to find someone. Showing her originally at a party, the video also sees Lavigne pushing a guy when he tries to get with her. Most of the video is shown in slow motion but Lavigne's mouth movements are in sync with the song's vocals. This was achieved by recording the footage while the song was played twice as fast. Much Music named the video one of the "Top 100 Best Videos of All Time".[10]

Cover versions and samples

"I'm With You" was later featured in the season 3 Scrubs episode "My Tormented Mentor",[11] in the Smallville episode "Accelerate" and in the movie Bruce Almighty. The song was also used in the 2003 Brazilian soap opera Mulheres Apaixonadas. Furthermore it was featured in the video game Karaoke Revolution Volume 2. This song has also been interpreted in polish by czech singer Ewa Farna under the title "Tam gdzie ty" (translated, "Where you are").

In September 2010 it was announced that "I'm With You" would be sampled by Barbadian singer Rihanna. The song is sampled on the track "Cheers (Drink to That)" which is featured on Rihanna's fifth studio album, Loud.[12][13]


"I'm With You" was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Song of the Year, and for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance but lost to Luther Vandross's "Dance with My Father" and Christina Aguilera's "Beautiful" respectively.

Year Awards ceremony Award Results
2003 MTV Video Music Awards Best Female Video
Teen Choice Awards Choice Love Song
Socan Awards Best Pop Song
2004 Grammy Awards Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Song of the Year
Juno Awards Juno Fan Choice
ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards Most Performed Song from a Motion Picture
BMI Awards Best Pop Song

Track listings and versions

  • Australia CD Single
  1. "I'm With You" – 3:44
  2. "I'm With You" (Live in Mexico City) – 3:57
  3. "Unwanted" (Live in Mexico City) – 4:01
  • French CD Single
  1. "I'm With You" – 3:44
  2. "I'm With You" (Live in Mexico City) – 3:57
  • US, UK, Australia CD Promo
  1. "I'm With You" – 3:44
  • UK, German, Korean CD Single
  1. "I'm With You" – 3:44
  2. "I'm With You" (Live in Mexico City) – 3:57
  3. "Unwanted" (Live in Mexico City) – 4:01
  4. "I'm With You" (Enhanced Video) – 3:44
  • I'm With You / Sk8er Boi USA DVD Single
  1. "I'm With You" (Music Video)
  2. "Sk8er Boi" (Music Video)
  3. Skater Girl (TV Spot)
  4. Street Performer (TV Spot)
  5. Photo Gallery


Chart (2003) Peak
Ö3 Austria Top 40[14] 13
Belgium Singles Top 50 9
Canadian Singles Chart 13
Denmark Singles Top 40[9] 20
Dutch Top 40 9
European Hot 100 Singles[5] 7
France Singles Top 100[9] 34
German Singles Chart 13
Irish Singles Chart 5
Italian Singles Chart 5
Mexican Singles Chart 1
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 5
Norway Singles Top 20[9] 16
Spain Singles Chart 12
Sweden Singles Top 60[9] 11
Swiss Singles Top 100[9] 12
UK Singles Chart[15] 7
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40[16] 1

Year-end charts


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  3. Billboard Hot 100: Week January 25, 2003
  4. "I'm With You" chart listings at Billboard.com
  5. a b Avril Lavigne Chart History at [Billboard.com]
  6. 2003 Year End Chart for Billboard
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  14. Ö3 Austria Top 40 30.03.2003 Official Austrian singles chart
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