"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.
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." KidsWorld called it "the perfect song to drown your sorrows to when that guy from your class breaks your heart."
"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. 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. "I'm With You" ranked at #18 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 2003 and #13 on the Canadian Singles Chart. The song was certified gold by Recording Industry Association of America in 2006 for sales of over 500,000 copies in the United States. As a double-A-side DVD single, the "I'm With You"/"Sk8er Boi" video single was certified gold and platinum in 2003.
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, 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. "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.
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".
"I'm With You" was later featured in the season 3 Scrubs episode "My Tormented Mentor", 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.
"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.
|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|