Vanessa Carlton Looks Back on ‘A Thousand Miles,’ a ‘Miraculous Moment in Time’


This week, Billboard is publishing a series of lists and articles celebrating the music of 20 years ago. Our 2002 Week continues here as we check in with the artist responsible for one of the year’s biggest and most indelible hits: Vanessa Carlton, singer-songwriter behind “A Thousand Miles,” who has spent the last decade as an indie artist (and part-time teacher). 

Vanessa Carlton released “A Thousand Miles” 20 years ago, and has spent a good part of the past 20 years talking about it — how she came up with the piano riff, how it was almost titled “Interlude,” its many popular film uses, the times it’s been sampled by hip-hop artists. “Thank you for not asking the same questions,” Carlton tells Billboard with a laugh, before diving in once again to her signature song. “I mean, anyone can Google and get all my answers!”

Carlton understands why she’s been asked endless questions about “A Thousand Miles” as the song celebrates its 20th birthday. In 2002, “A Thousand Miles” gently cut through popular culture, a yearning pop-rock behemoth with an unforgettable piano line that reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and helped the 22-year-old Milford, Penn. native sell 1.4 million copies of her 2002 debut album, Be Not Nobody, according to Luminate (formerly MRC Data).

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