Story of Song The stories behind the hits Novellic

Story of Song

The Wanted’s Tom Parker said about the song: “When we first heard ‘Glad You Came’ we just knew it had to be the first single from the new album. We all felt it was a new, refreshing sound and a perfect song for the summer which really gets you in the mood for a party.”

Another band member, Jay McGuiness, talked about the writers of their hit, or the ‘dream team’ as The Wanted, like to call them, with Artist Direct: “They played ‘Glad You Came’ for us and it was a different sound for us. We had poppy rock and cool string vibes going. We liked the song, went in and did our version of the vocal, and we were surprised. We started doing it at gigs, and the fans went crazy, so we knew it had to be the next single.”

Release date

Released July 10, 2011


Steve Mac – Wayne Hector – Ed Drewett


Island – Global Talent – Mercury

Chart Rankings

US – 3

UK – 1


‘Glad You Came’ topped the UK Singles Charts and was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales over 612.000 copies. In the US, it peaked at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, at number 4 on the Adult Top 40, at number 5 on the Dance Club Songs and topped the US Mainstream Top 40 charts. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Triple Platinum for sales over 3.6 million copies. The song topped the charts in Ireland, Japan and Venezuela. It reached the top 10 charts in Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Spain.

It was certified 5 times Platinum in Canada, and reached Platinum status in Australia and New Zealand. In Italy it was certified Gold.

Artist’s age on release date

The Wanted had been active for 2 years when this song was released.

Cover Versions

Boyce Avenue – Megan Nicole – Tiffany Alvord – Kevin Hammond – Noah – Xuso Jones – Glee cast – Michael Badal – Landon Austin (acoustic) – Vitor Zafer – IAmDSharp (violin cover) – JohnnyO – Elliot Spenner (piano cover) – Alex G featuring Black Prez (acoustic) – Pianist Miri Lee (piano cover) – Samantha Potter – Masha – Eric Stanley (violin) – We Came As Romans

Added by Slate

  • Share:

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Stories