“Hey There Delilah”, written by Tom Higgenson, is the third single released from the band Plain White T’s 2005 album All That We Needed. In June 2007, over two years after the song’s release, it became the band’s first hit in the United States, eventually reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July. From July 3, 2007 through July 28, the song was the number one most played song on the radio, and the number one downloaded song on the U.S. iTunes Music Store. Since its release, “Hey There Delilah” has been covered by many artists worldwide in one form or another. Since release, it has sold over 4,000,000 digital copies in the US alone.
It was the first number one single for the Plain White T’s. It also reached number two in the UK. The song ended 2007 as the year’s 14th biggest-selling single in the UK.
Although “Hey There Delilah” is from the Plain White Ts’ third album, All That We Needed, since the single’s popularity new versions of the intervening fourth album, Every Second Counts, have “Hey There Delilah” added as a bonus track with a string section augmenting the original recording. The music video for the song was directed by Jay Martin.
The song was written after Higgenson met Delilah DiCrescenzo, a nationally ranked American steeplechase and cross country runner.