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Listen to Post Malone’s cover of “Only Wanna Be With You” by Hootie and the Blowfish

The pop star’s collaboration with Pokémon continues.

February 25, 2021
Listen to Post Malone’s cover of “Only Wanna Be With You” by Hootie and the Blowfish Post Malone. Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Fanatics.  

Post Malone's collaboration with Pokémon to celebrate the gaming franchise's 25th anniversary was announced this month, and I'll be the first to admit that I found the pairing more amusing than sensible. However, I'm reconsidering my position with the release of Malone's cover of "Only Wanna Be With You," the massive and '90s defining hit by Hootie and the Blowfish. I get it now, I think — Malone delivers a blast of acoustic guitar-driven sincerity appropriate for a cover performed with a children's media conglomerate in mind, and the chiptune-y synths are a nice flourish. Take a listen below. On Saturday, Malone will perform a free virtual concert livestream in celebration of Pokémon Day.

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Listen to Post Malone’s cover of “Only Wanna Be With You” by Hootie and the Blowfish