"Breathe (2 AM)" is a song by American singer-songwriter Anna Nalick. The single was first released in 2004, then it was re-released in 2006 and charted at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on the Adult Contemporary in the United States, as well as #79 on the Australian singles charts. "Breathe (2 AM)" has been certified Gold by RIAA. [5] The song was featured prominently in shows like ABC's Grey's Anatomy episodes " As We Know It " and " Song Beneath the Song ", as well as other shows such as the WB series Charmed , Smallville and the movies " A Lot Like Love " a nd "Griffin & Phoenix" (2006 film) (both films the female character was played by Amanda Peet).


The verses tell the stories of three characters: a friend of the narrator's who has fallen into an unhappy relationship, an alcoholic soldier at Fort Bliss, and the narrator's experience of writing and performing a song. Chuck Taylor describes it as "an introspective yet confessional tale about learning to handle everyday challenges — and remembering to take time to breathe." [6]


Lifted from Nalick's debut album Wreck of the Day , "Breathe (2 AM)" is backed with the non-album track "Home" (acoustic version) and "Catalyst" (acoustic version).

  1. "Breathe (2 AM)" (4:40)
  2. "Home" ( acoustic version ) (2:49)
  3. "Catalyst" ( acoustic version ) (3:29)

The two tracks "Home" and "Catalyst" do not appear on the 2006 re-release of Wreck of the Day either.


Chart (2005–06) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 [13] 45
US Adult Contemporary ( Billboard ) [14] 4
US Adult Top 40 ( Billboard ) [15] 6
US Mainstream Top 40 ( Billboard ) [16] 22