“Never Let You Go” is a song by American rock band Third Eye Blind. It was released in January 2000 as the second single from their second album, Blue. The song peaked at number 14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and also spent three weeks at number-one in Canada.
Jenkins comments in the liner notes of the band’s compilation album, A Collection, that it was written about a muse of his at the time (allegedly Charlize Theron), and it was written to ‘freak her out’ when she heard it on the radio.
Chuck Taylor, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably saying that it “packs in the hooks; a compelling opening guitar riff, a celebratory party ambience, an end-of-song spoken part that kids everywhere will be reciting ad-nauseam, and lead singer/writer/co-producer Stephan Jenkins’ dead-on vocals, delivered in a pleasing falsetto at times.” He goes on to call the chorus “easy, spirited, memorable — the stuff that hits are made of.”
The music video for the song was released in January 2000, directed by Chris Hafner. In it, the band performs on a metal platform high in a sunset-filled sky. Intercepted in the sky scenes are scenes of the band eating in a dimly lit Chinese restaurant with several girls. At one point, lead singer Stephan Jenkins hangs from the bottom the platform while his fellow band members and several girls hang onto him, looking down apprehensively.
It was included on the soundtrack to the 2002 film, Clockstoppers as well as the 2001 film Say It Isn’t So. A re-recording of this song is available for Rock Band 2 via the Rock Band Network. It is also heard in the 2000 film, Coyote Ugly. Alvin and the Chipmunks covered this song for their 2007 video game Alvin and the Chipmunks. It was also featured in the fourth American Pie installment, American Reunion.