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What I've Been Looking For

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"What I've Been Looking For"
Song by Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel
from the album High School Musical
GenreTeen pop
LabelWalt Disney
Songwriter(s)Andy Dodd and Adam Watts
Producer(s)Andy Dodd and Adam Watts
"What I've Been Looking For (Reprise)"
Song by Zac Efron[a] and Vanessa Hudgens
from the album High School Musical
LabelWalt Disney
Songwriter(s)Andy Dodd and Adam Watts
Producer(s)Andy Dodd and Adam Watts

"What I've Been Looking For" is a song from the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical (2006). The song was written and produced by Andy Dodd and Adam Watts, and it was included on the film soundtrack of the same name. Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel sing it in a fast tempo. A reprise version, titled "What I've Been Looking For (Reprise)" was also recorded, but in a slow tempo. It is credited to be performed by Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, although Efron vocals were mixed with those of Drew Seeley.[1][2]

"What I've Been Looking For" received positive reviews by music critics, being compared to Broadway musical performances. It peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and at number 34 on the Billboard Pop 100. Meanwhile, the reprise version peaked at number 67 and number 54, respectively on the same charts. The Spanish-language version of the soundtrack included a cover version by Mexican synthpop group Belanova, titled "Eres Tú", and the Brazilian group Ludov covered it for the Brazilian version of the soundtrack, titled as "O Que Eu Procurava".

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"What I've Been Looking For" was written and produced by Andy Dodd and Adam Watts.[3][4] According to its music sheet, it was composed using common time in the key of A major, with a tempo of 142 beats per minute.[3] It is a teen pop song built on the chord progression A–D–A/C♯–Bm7–E, and it was written in the common verse–chorus form.[3] Ashley Tisdale and Lucas Grabeel, acting as the siblings Sharpay and Ryan Evans, perform the song in the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical (2006).[5] Grabeel's vocals span from A3 to the note F♯5.[3]

A reprise version of "What I've Been Looking For" was also composed and credited to be sung by Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens, performing as Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez.[5] Later, it was revealed that Efron's singing voice was mixed with that of Drew Seeley.[1][6]


A man and a woman sing on a stage. They stay closer while each hold a microphone.She wears a blue dress while he wears a blue T-shirt with gray jeans.
Hudgens and Seeley performing "What I've Been Looking For (Reprise)" during a High School Musical: The Concert show

In High School Musical, "What I've Been Looking For" was composed by Kelsi Nielsen (portrayed by Olesya Rulin). Sharpay and Ryan Evans sing an uptempo version of the song as their audition song for a role in the East High's upcoming winter musical Twinkle Towne. During the audition, the Evans dance and sing on stage. Later, Gabriella Montez tries to audition but Ms. Darbus (Alyson Reed) tells Gabriella she lacks of a co-singer, so Troy Bolton offers himself. Then, Ms. Darbus explains them it is too late to audition. As Kelsi leaves, she drops her music sheets so Troy and Gabrielle help her. Kelsi then asks them to sing her song, in which Kelsi plays in the piano. A hidden Ms. Darbus listens to it, and then offers them a "callback audition".[7]

"What I've Been Looking For" and its reprise version were included on the setlist for the High School Musical live cast concert, titled High School Musical: The Concert, and both versions were included in its live album (2007).[8] Seeley replaced Efron's character during the shows.[9] "What I've Been Looking For" was also included in the video game High School Musical: Sing It! (2007).[10]

In 2006, the song was covered by Mexican synthpop band Belanova for the Spanish-language version of High School Musical, titled "Eres Tú".[11] Brazilian group Ludov also covered the song, their version was titled "O Que Eu Procurava".[12] During the filming of the commercials for the DVD High School Musical: Encore Edition, eighth grader from Exeter Township Junior High School Samantha Sostak and her sister performed the song with cast member Corbin Bleu.[13]

Critical reception

"What I've Been Looking For" received positive reviews from music critics. Heather Phares wrote for AllMusic the song "flirts with satire" in its usage in the film because "[Sharpay and Ryan are] threatened by these upstarts from other cliques invading their territory", in reference of Troy and Gabriella's performance. Phares considered its melody "so bright" and Tisdale and Grabeel's vocals "so relentlessly cheery, it sounds like a parody of a show tune".[14] A writer for Talkin' Broadway echoed this view, describing the song as "a clever parody of Broadway styles".[15] Chris Willman, for Entertainment Weekly, compared the song with "You Are The Music In Me", a song included in the sequel High School Musical 2. He wrote "both an earnest Troy/Gabriella duet and an insincere (but more fun) showstopper for self-absorbed Sharpay".[16] A reviewer for Common Sense Media highlighted the track.[17] Commenting on the reprise, DVD Verdict said it "is a little soft".[18] The Christian Broadcasting Network offered a spiritual analysis of the song: "[it is] a great opportunity to look at who God is and His character, including the fact that He's always with us."[19]

Chart performance

A man and a woman are singing on stage. They hold a microphone with their left hand, and snap thei fingers with the right hand. She wears a white dress with dark spots while he wears a green shirt, black jeans and a beret.
Tisdale and Grabeel performing the song live.

In the United States, "What I've Been Looking For" peaked at number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 34 on the Pop 100 chart. The song was eventually certified as gold by the Recording Industry Association of America.[20] The reprise version appeared in the same charts, reaching the numbers 67 and 54, respectively.[21] In the United Kingdom, "What I've Been Looking For" debuted and peaked at number 155 on the UK Singles Chart.[22]

Charts and certifications

Weekly charts

Reprise version

Weekly charts

Chart (2006) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[26] 67
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[25] 54


  1. ^ Efron is credited but his vocals were mixed with those of Drew Seeley.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Zac Efron – Biography". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media, LLC. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  2. ^ Green, Kris; Wilkes, Neil (September 21, 2006). "High School Musical". Digital Spy. Archived from the original on November 18, 2006. Retrieved January 21, 2007. To set the record straight, the majority of what is sung in the movie is definitely sung by someone else. His name is Drew Seeley
  3. ^ a b c d What I've Been Looking For By Lucas Grabeel Digital Sheet Music (Digital download). Hal Leonard Corporation. MN0056949.
  4. ^ "Ashley Tisdale & Lucas Grabeel - What I've Been Looking For". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "High School Musical – Various Artists". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  6. ^ Lane, Laura (September 30, 2008). "OK! Interview: Drew Seeley". OK!. Northern & Shell. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  7. ^ High School Musical (DVD) (Motion picture). Utah, United States: Disney Channel. 2006.
  8. ^ "High School Musical Cast – High School Musical: The Concert". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  9. ^ Finn, Natalie (August 17, 2007). "Zac Efron Seventeen and Counting". E!. NBCUniversal. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  10. ^ Miller, Greg (November 5, 2007). "High School Musical: Sing It!". IGN. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  11. ^ "Vuelve Belanova al 'High school'". Noroeste (in Spanish). Editorial Noroeste, S.A. de C.V. July 31, 2006. Archived from the original on July 29, 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  12. ^ "Ludov Traduz Sucesso de Furacão Adolescente da TV" (in Portuguese). São Paulo: G1. Rede Globo. December 10, 2006. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  13. ^ Haupt, Angela (May 24, 2006). "Disney trips delights star-struck sisters". Reading Eagle. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  14. ^ Phares, Heather. "High School Musical Cast – High School Musical". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  15. ^ Olson, John. "Talkin' Broadway Regional News & Reviews – "High School Musical on Tour" – 8/4/07"., Inc. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  16. ^ Willman, Chris (August 6, 2007). "High School Musical 2 (2007)". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Archived from the original on July 29, 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  17. ^ "High School Musical Soundtrack". Common Sense Media. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  18. ^ Pinsky, Mike (July 16, 2006). "DVD Verdict Review - High School Musical: Encore Edition". DVD Verdict. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  19. ^ Russo, Steve; Russo, Gabi. "Learning from 'High School Musical'". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved September 10, 2014.
  20. ^ a b "American  single  certifications – Soundtrack – Been Looking For". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 22, 2024.
  21. ^ "High School Musical Cast – High School Musical". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  22. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart for the week ending January 13, 2007". ChartsPlus (281). Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd: 3.
  23. ^ "Chart Log UK – Chart Coverage and Record Sales 2007". UK Singles Chart. Retrieved June 24, 2024.
  24. ^ "Ashley Tisdale Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 24, 2024.
  25. ^ a b Billboard (February 11, 2006). "Issue date February 11, 2006". Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 17, 2024.
  26. ^ "Vanessa Hudgens Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 24, 2024.

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