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"Who Will Save Your Soul"
Single by Jewel
from the album Pieces of You
Released June 4, 1996 (U.S.)
Genre Pop, Folk, Adult contemporary
Length 4:02 (Album/Single Version)
Label Atlantic Records
Writer(s) Jewel Kilcher
Producer Atlantic
Jewel singles chronology
"Who Will Save Your Soul"
"You Were Meant for Me"

"Who Will Save Your Soul" is a folk pop song written by Jewel Kilcher, and was the first song released from her first album Pieces of You.


About the record

Jewel explained her creative process for "Who Will Save Your Soul" in an interview.

"When I was about sixteen years old I took a train from Michigan to San Diego and then into Tijuana and hitchhiked around Mexico. It seemed like everybody else was looking for somebody to save them. I wrote it during that trip, but I had no idea it would ever be on a record."

The original version of "Who Will Save Your Soul" was initially released in 1995 on Jewel's debut album, Pieces of You and then excluded from the track list the following year, when she went back into the studio to re-record the song for the radio. Instead of just a guitar and her voice, other instruments were added. Catering towards a pop audience, a verse was cut, and the radio version of the single was produced. It incorporates unique vocal key changes and is a classic example of her honest lyrics and raw voice.

A commercial single of Who Will Save Your Soul was released in the United States in 1996. It became her first hit single, peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Chart (1996) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[1] 27
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 14
UK Singles Chart[2] 52
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 11
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[3] 29
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40[3] 5
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[3] 14
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Adult Recurrents[3] 3
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[3] 3


Year Award-giving Body Award Result
1996 MTV Video Music Awards Best Female Video - Who Will Save Your Soul Nominated
1996 MTV Video Music Awards Best New Artist - Who Will Save Your Soul Nominated
1997 American Music Awards Favorite New Artist Won
1997 American Music Awards Favorite Pop/Rock Artist Nominated
1997 Grammy Awards Best New Artist Nominated
1997 Grammy Awards Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Nominated


  1. ^ "Australian chart position". Australian-charts. Retrieved December 19, 2006.  
  2. ^ "UK chart position". Polyhex. Retrieved December 19, 2006.  
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Jewel - Artist Chart History". Allmusic. Retrieved December 19, 2006.


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