May 4

Sugarland’s “All I Want to Do” Gives You the Weekend Feels


All I Want to Do” is an up-tempo country song that was recorded by American country music duo Sugarland. Released in May 2008, it was the first single from their album, Love on the Inside released on July 22, 2008. Lead vocalist Jennifer Nettles and mandolinist/background vocalist Kristian Bush co-wrote the song with Bobby Pinson. He also co-wrote “Want To,” which the duo’s 2006 single.

Sugarland's "All I Want to Do" Gives You the Weekend Feels 1
Sugarland duo Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles (Photo by Amazon)

On August 16, 2008, “All I Want to Do” peaked at no. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. The song became Sugarland’s third no. 1 hit. Crossing over to pop, “All I Want to Do” reached no. 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was their highest peaking single on the Hot 100 until “Stuck Like Glue” was released in 2010 peaking at no. 17.

After two months of entering the Billboard Hot Country Songs, “All I Want to Do” was certified Gold by the RIAA. Later on April 30, 2010, it was certified Platinum. By April 2013, it has sold 1,367,000 copies worldwide.

A Song About Fun & Summer

All I Want to Do” is an up-tempo song which focuses on a couple. The woman is telling her partner that all she wants to do is love him and for him to love her in return. The song also hints that instead of tending other tasks such as household chores, she just wants them to enjoy each other.

Jennifer Nettles, the duo’s lead vocalist, revealed that “All I Want to Do” is decidedly more upbeat than “Stay.” Hence, bridging the gap between the two singles.

Nettles explains

“It’s fun and lighthearted, and it feels like summer. And where “Stay” left off, with just a guitar and a vocal, this starts off with just a guitar and a vocal. Obviously it kicks in, so you can move yourself around and dance, but I think it’s sort of a nice juxtaposition, but also it shows a bit of an evolution.”

On the other hand, Bobby Pinson also describes the song as

“a simple song about not having to accomplish anything because it’s already accomplished. All you have to do is lay around and enjoy each other.”

Watch the fun music video of the song below:

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