First Hit #1: August 12, 2000
It’s a rare song that manages to be a sincere love song and make it’s main character seem like a massive, massive douchebag. Some of this is intentional – this is a song about the singer’s regrets, especially in the middle verses – but it’s also an inevitable side effect of the song itself. The entire foundation of the song is that the singer is incredibly wealthy and successful but still regrets losing a lost love, and it’s difficult to talk about wealth without it coming across as an attempt at bragging. But it’s actually just one reference that brings me to the douchebag conclusion – repeated mentions of how the singer can get any woman he wants, apart from the woman he actually wants. Is it really the best way to open a song begging for reconciliation by mentioning how totally easy it is to get laid? And is it a good idea to reference that in the chorus too? It’s sincere, and it’s coming from a genuine place, and it makes me home that no woman was actually seduced by it.