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Only
Wanna Be with You
” is a rock
song released in 1995
by Hootie
& the Blowfish
, the third single from their breakthrough
album
Cracked
Rear View
. It peaked at #6 on the
Billboard
Hot 100
chart in the United States, #3 on the Billboard Adult
Contemporary chart, and #2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.

The song is about a man
singing happily about his relationship with a unique girlfriend. It
is most noted by its music
video
, which took the artistic form of an episode of ESPN
SportsCenter,
which was outlining the band attempting (apparently in vain) to make
an impact on the sports scene. In addition to SportsCenter anchors
Dan Patrick,
Keith
Olbermann
, Mike
Tirico
, Charley
Steiner
and Chris
Berman
, several athletes were included, and NFL
Hall of Famer Dan
Marino
. The video was nominated in the Best
Group Video
category at the 1996
MTV
Video Music Awards

A Miami
Dolphins
website takes its name from one of the lyrics in the
song: “I’m such a baby, yeah, the Dolphins make me cry”.
This was the inspiration for the website, thedolphinsmakemecry.com.
This refers to a six-year playoff drought the Dolphins endured,
including a record-tying worst 1-15 record in 2007.

In December 2007, VH-1 named it #45 on their
countdown for the “100 greatest songs of the 90s.”



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