Bad Day (Daniel Powter song)

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"Bad Day"
Single by Daniel Powter
from the album Daniel Powter
Released January 9, 2005 (2005-01-09)
(See release history)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2004
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:54
Label Warner Music Group (USA)
Sony BMG (Europe/Korea/Latin America)
Writer(s) Daniel Powter
Certification 3× Platinum (RIAA)
Daniel Powter singles chronology
"Bad Day"
"Free Loop"
Music sample

"Bad Day" is a song written and performed by Canadian singer-songwriter Daniel Powter. It was released on January 9, 2005, as the first single from his self-titled debut album. It achieved the #1 spot in the U.S. and Ireland. In the U.S. it was the most successful single of 2006 as ranked by Billboard.[1] On December 31, 2006, it became the first song ever to sell 2 million digital copies in the US.[2]

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • UK CD #1, 2 Track Single"
  1. "Bad Day" - 3:53
  2. "Stupid Like This" - 3:23
  • UK CD #2, Maxi Single
  1. "Bad Day" - 3:53
  2. "Stupid Like This" - 3:23
  3. "Lost On The Stoop" - 4:10
  • UK 2004 Promo CD
  1. "Bad Day" (Album Version) - 3:53
  • US 2004 Promo CD
  1. "Bad Day" (Album Version) - 3:53
  • US 2005 Promo CD
  1. "Bad Day" (Live At The Fistival Bar) - 6:13
  • US Promo CD/DVD

- CD

  1. "Bad Day" (Album Version) - 3:53


  1. "Bad Day" (Video Version) -3:47

Music video[edit]

Man (Jason Adelman) and woman (Samaire Armstrong) in split screen from the music video.

The music video is directed by Marc Webb and features two single people, a man (Jason Adelman) and a woman (Samaire Armstrong), waking and going about their daily schedule. The video shows this happening over a three-day period but makes no distinction between the days apart from the different clothing worn for each day. The main event is the two adding graffiti to the same wall, separately, on each day, culminating in the completion of a heart. At the end of the video, life mirrors the image created on the wall, with the boy offering the soaking wet girl a red umbrella in the pouring rain, as a cab stops for them. Parts of it were shot in a split-screen. Throughout the video, Powter is shown with his tuque, playing his piano. The Metro Red Line subway in Los Angeles was used during the shooting of this video and prominently featured throughout. The area where the two meet and add the graffiti on the wall is on the mezzanine level of Pershing Square Station in downtown Los Angeles.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard called the song "one of the great discoveries of the year"[3] and the top One Hit Wonder of the 2000s.[4]

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
Europe/Canada January 9, 2005 (2005-01-09)
Australia June 27, 2005 (2005-06-27)
United Kingdom July 25, 2005 (2005-07-25)
United States January 17, 2006 (2006-01-17)

Chart performances[edit]

"Bad Day" reached number seven on the Canadian Singles Chart; it was also successful in the United Kingdom, where it reached number two on the UK Singles Chart after it was used in an advertising campaign for Coca-Cola.[5] In the United States, it reached number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts. The song grew in popularity in the United States when it was used in the fifth season of American Idol in the farewell video packages for eliminated contestants. It was also featured in the compilation album Voices from the FIFA World Cup during the 2006 FIFA World Cup. It is also currently a popular song to play in sporting events, usually whenever the home team loses. It was even played after the 2008 U.S. Presidential election after John McCain's concession speech. Since 2007, has used the song in its commercial for playoff Fantasy football.

"Bad Day" has been certified 3x platinum by the RIAA in the U.S. for digital sales of over 3 million.[6] The song was featured as a free download on the iTunes Store from August 2–9, 2005. It was nominated for a 2007 Grammy Award for "Best Male Pop Vocal Performance".[7]

Billboard named "Bad Day" the No. 1 Hot 100 song of 2006.[8] It is one of three "one hit wonders" to become Billboard's single of the year, following 1958's Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu by Domenico Modugno (the 1958 Italian Eurovision Song Contest entry) and 1962's "Stranger On The Shore" by Mr. Acker Bilk. While Modugno and Bilk each had another Hot 100 hit, "Bad Day" was Powter's only Hot 100 hit.

On July 16, 2008, it was revealed by BBC News[9] that "Bad Day" was the most played song in the UK during the period 2003-2008. It was also Powter's only Top 40 hit in the United Kingdom, although his follow-up single "Free Loop (One Night Stand)" would have charted had it not been ineligible due to containing a (live) version of "Bad Day", still then in the charts, on the single.

Cover versions[edit]

"Bad Day" was covered by the fictional music group Alvin and the Chipmunks for their 2007 film Alvin and the Chipmunks. Their version made the charts in January 2008, peaking at #86 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Bad Day" was also covered by Kidz Bop, being the first Kidz Bop song to be a single.

The Maccabeats, the all-male a cappella group of Yeshiva University recorded an a cappella version of the song on their 2010 album, Voices From The Heights.

"Bad Day" was also parodied by UK based parody group Amateur Transplants in the form of "King of the Dead" in which a man wakes up one morning and everyone's dead - which is a bad day.

Canadian singer Garou also covered "Bad Day" in his 2012 album, Rhythm and Blues.

Charts and sales[edit]


Country Certification Sales/shipments
Australia[37] Platinum 70,000
Canada[38] 2× Platinum 20,000
France[39] Silver 123,400[40]
Japan[41] 2× Platinum 500,000
Germany[42] Gold 150,000
United States[6] 3× Platinum 3,000,000

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"You're Beautiful" by James Blunt
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
August 18, 2005 – September 8, 2005
Succeeded by
"Don't Cha" by Pussycat Dolls featuring Busta Rhymes
Preceded by
"Temperature" by Sean Paul
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
April 8, 2006 – May 6, 2006
Succeeded by
"SOS" by Rihanna
Preceded by
"Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield
Billboard Pop 100 number-one single (first run)
April 8, 2006 – May 6, 2006
Succeeded by
"SOS" by Rihanna
Preceded by
"SOS" by Rihanna
Billboard Pop 100 number-one single (second run)
June 10, 2006
Succeeded by
"Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean
Preceded by
"You're Beautiful" by James Blunt
"Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single by
May 13, 2006 - September 9, 2006
October 21, 2006
Succeeded by
"Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Paul Grein (January 7, 2011). "Chart Watch Extra: Thank You, Daniel Powter". Yahoo Music (Chart Watch). 
  3. ^ Taylor, Chuck (June 18, 2005), "Bad Day". Billboard. 117 (25):72
  4. ^ "Best of 2000s — One-hit wonders". Billboard. Retrieved December 7, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Bad Day by Daniel Powter Songfacts". Songfacts. Retrieved March 12, 2008.
  6. ^ a b "American single certifications – Daniel Powter – Bad Day". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  7. ^ "FOX Facts: Complete List of Grammy Award Nominations". Associated Press. December 7, 2006. Retrieved December 9, 2006.
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Powter song is 'UK's most played'". BBC News. July 16, 2008. Retrieved April 26, 2010. 
  10. ^ " – Daniel Powter – Bad Day". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  11. ^ " – Daniel Powter – Bad Day" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  12. ^ " – Daniel Powter – Bad Day" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  13. ^ " – Daniel Powter – Bad Day" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  14. ^ a b c d e f Billboard (Retrieved July 28, 2008)
  15. ^ Daniel Powter je v Česku opět nejhranější
  16. ^ " – Daniel Powter – Bad Day". Tracklisten.
  17. ^ " – Daniel Powter – Bad Day" (in French). Les classement single.
  18. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Daniel Powter > Bad Day –" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  19. ^ a b "Bad day", in various singles charts (Retrieved July 28, 2008)
  20. ^ " – Daniel Powter – Bad Day". Top Digital Download.
  21. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Daniel Powter search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  22. ^ " – Daniel Powter – Bad Day". Top 40 Singles.
  23. ^ " – Daniel Powter – Bad Day". VG-lista.
  24. ^ " – Daniel Powter – Bad Day". Singles Top 60.
  25. ^ " – Daniel Powter – Bad Day". Swiss Singles Chart.
  26. ^ "Pop Rock" (in Spanish). Record Report. July 15, 2006. Archived from the original on November 24, 2006. 
  27. ^ "2005 Australian Singles Chart". aria. Retrieved May 5, 2010. 
  28. ^ "2005 Austrian Singles Chart" (in German). Austriancharts. Archived from the original on March 25, 2010. Retrieved May 5, 2010. 
  29. ^ "2005 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved May 5, 2010. 
  30. ^ "2005 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart" (in French). Ultratop. Retrieved May 5, 2010. 
  31. ^ "Single top 100 over 2005" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved May 5, 2010. 
  32. ^ "2005 French Singles Chart" (in French). SNEP. Retrieved May 5, 2010. 
  33. ^ "2005 Irish Singles Chart". IRMA. Retrieved May 5, 2010. 
  34. ^ "2005 Swiss Singles Chart" (in German). Swisscharts. Retrieved May 5, 2010. 
  35. ^ "2005 UK Singles Chart". ChartsPlus. Archived from the original on May 25, 2010. Retrieved May 5, 2010. 
  36. ^
  37. ^ Australian certifications (Retrieved July 28, 2008)
  38. ^ Canada certifications (Retrieved July 19, 2008)
  39. ^ French certifications (Retrieved July 28, 2008)
  40. ^ "Les Ventes de Singles en 2005". Infodisc. 
  41. ^ レコード協会調べ 1月度有料音楽配信認定 <略称:1月度認定> [Record Association report: February 2014 digital music download certifications (Abbreviation: 2013 Certifications)]. RIAJ (in Japanese). February 2014. Retrieved August 29, 2014. 
  42. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Bad Day')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved August 2010. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
American Idol Farewell Song
Season 5 (2006)
Succeeded by