Plain White T's Reflect On The Juggernaut That Was 'Hey There Delilah'

On Wednesday, Plain White T's stopped by the MTV Newsroom to talk about their upcoming new album (Wonders of the Younger, which is due in October), their brand new single ("Rhythm of Love," whose video just premiered and which debuted in the Billboard Hot 100 this week) and everything else in between. We'll be talking about the present and the future soon, but before we got to the new stuff, we wanted to take a look at the recent past.

Back in 2005, Plain White T's put a song called "Hey There Delilah" on their album All That We Needed. It was a sweet if unremarkable little pop tune about a distance runner named Delilah DiCrescenzo, and it sat at the end of the album while Plain White T's toured the country. Then something strange happened: It started to catch on. The band re-released the track as a bonus track on their follow-up album Every Second Counts, and it continued to ascend to the upper echelon of the Billboard Hot 100, finally settling into the top spot for two weeks during the summer of 2007, a full two years after the song's initial release. It was an amazing journey for the band, who were amazed that the track resonated as much as it did.

"Somehow it struck a chord with people," Tom Higgenson told MTV News. "I was just trying to write a song to impress this girl. I wasn't thinking 'What's the demographic?' It was a song about a girl that happened to resonate with the entire world."

Tim Lopez told MTV News that the long-distance relationship angle played into a lot of the feedback they got. "We had a lot of military people come up to us and say it was their song," he said.


Was "Hey There Delilah" your song? What do you think of the band's new single? Let us know in the comments!