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"I Don't Want to Be"
Single by Gavin DeGraw
from the album Chariot
Released December 14, 2004
Format CD single
Genre Pop rock
Length 3.39
Label J Records
Writer(s) Gavin DeGraw
Producer Mark Endert
Gavin DeGraw singles chronology
"I Don't Want to Be"

"I Don't Want to Be" is a song by Gavin DeGraw appearing on his 2003 debut album Chariot. It was released as a single in Australia in 2004, and in the UK in 2005.

It is mainly known for being the theme song to the hit television drama series, One Tree Hill, seasons 1–4. The single became Gavin DeGraw's biggest hit to date, peaking at number ten in the U.S., and was certified Double Platinum, having sold over 2,000,000 paid downloads. It is also Gavin's only single to break the UK Top 40.


Music video

Shiri Appleby was featured in the 2004 music video, opposite Scott Mechlowicz as well as Mischa Barton.

Track listing

  1. "I Don't Want to Be" (Album version)
  2. "I Don't Want to Be" (Stripped version)
  3. "Just Friends" (Album version)
  4. "I Don't Want to Be" (Video)

Chart positions

Chart (2004) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 19
Austrian Singles Chart 44
Dutch Singles Chart 9
Irish Singles Chart 25
New Zealand Singles Chart 30
Norwegian Singles Chart 6
Swedish Singles Chart 15
UK Singles Chart 38
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 3

Use in media

  • The song appears in the game, Karaoke Revolution Party, and is available as part of the downloadable content in the game Karaoke Revolution: American Idol Encore.
  • The song appears on the second season of One Tree Hill.

Simple English

"I Don't Want to Be" is the debut single by Gavin Degraw on his first album Chariot. The single was released in 2004. The song is in the Alternative rock genre.

Chart Rankings

U.S. Billboard Hot 100 gave the single "I Don't Wanna Be" a ranking of #10, U.K. Singles Chart gave the single a ranking of #32, and Dutch Singles Chart ranked it at #9.


  • "I Don't Wanna Be" (2004)
  • "Follow Through" (2004)
  • "Chariot" (2005)


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