Don't Give Up (Chicane song)

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"Don't Give Up"
Single by Chicane featuring Bryan Adams
from the album Behind the Sun
Released 6 March 2000
(See release history)
Format CD single, 12"
Recorded Modena One, Mothership Studios UK
Genre Progressive house, vocal trance
Length 3:42 (2000 radio edit)
3:58 (2004 radio edit)
8:38 (Album Version)
Label Xtravaganza Recordings
Writer(s) Nick Bracegirdle, Bryan Adams, Ray Hedges
Producer(s) Bracegirdle, Ray Hedges;
Alex Gold, Chris Agnelli, Robbie Nelson (2004)
Certification Silver (BPI)
Chicane chronology
"Don't Give Up"
"No Ordinary Morning" / "Halcyon"

"Love on the Run"

"Don't Give Up 2004"

"Stoned in Love"
Bryan Adams chronology
"The Best Of Me"
"Don't Give Up"
"Inside Out"

"Don't Give Up" is a song by Chicane, alias of British producer Nick Bracegirdle, with vocals recorded by Canadian rock/pop singer Bryan Adams. It was released in March 2000 as a single, peaking at number one on the UK Singles Chart and becoming a popular dance track in clubs across Europe and North America.


With Bryan Adams[edit]

The collaboration between the two musicians began in 1999, when Adams contacted Bracegirdle at his studio to arrange for a remix of Adams's forthcoming single "Cloud Number 9" from his 1998 album On a Day Like Today.[1] The resulting remix was selected by Adams as the radio edit of the single, which went on to reach #6 on the UK chart.[2]

Later, having written the music for a track that needed to be turned into a song, Bracegirdle played the idea to Adams during his search for a voice. Adams agreed to the role, and also wrote the melody and lyrics to the song "Don't Give Up".[1]

Adams's rock-styled vocals were buried in audio processing. This was done through Prosoniq's OrangeVocoder plugin on Steinberg's Cubase VST digital audio workstation. Even though his voice was altered electronically, it is still recognisable.[3]

A 14 second sample of "Don't Give Up" demonstrating Bryan Adams' processed vocals.

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A 30 second sample of " (Everything I Do) I Do It For You" demonstrating Bryan Adams' rock-style vocals in an unprocessed state.

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Adams's vocal credit was initially not publicized, particularly when the single, in a white label release, was first played by noted BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong[2] on his 31 December 1999 Essential Selection show.[4] It was chosen as Tong's "Essential New Tune" selection, which, on this episode, was specially designated "Essential New Tune for the millennium".[4][5] On a later January show, Judge Jules, standing in for Tong, played it as the Essential New Tune again.[6][7] It was also included on Tong's Essential Selection Spring 2000 compilation album.

On the week of 12 March 2000, "Don't Give Up" overtook "American Pie", Madonna's #1 single of the previous week, on the UK Singles Chart, outselling it by 1224 copies.[8] The song featured on the acclaimed[9] 2000 mix album CreamLive.

The song sold 270,000 copies in the UK as stated by the Official UK Charts Company.


In 2004, following Bracegirdle's departure from Xtravaganza, the label issued "Don't Give Up 2004", a single including only new remixes by label founder Alex Gold and Xtravaganza artists Agnelli & Nelson.


Chart (2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[10] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 17
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[12] 18
Canada Dance (RPM)[13] 9
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[14] 9
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[15] 8
France (SNEP)[16] 43
Germany (Media Control Charts)[17] 24
Ireland (IRMA) 11
Italy (FIMI)[18] 20
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[19] 14
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[20] 14
Norway (VG-lista)[21] 6
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[22] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 51
Spain (AFYVE) 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 42
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[25] 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play[26] 3
Preceded by
"American Pie" by Madonna
UK number one single
12 March 2000 – 18 March 2000
Succeeded by
"Bag It Up" by Geri Halliwell

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
Worldwide 6 March 2000 (2000-03-06)
Worldwide (2004 version) 4 February 2004 (2004-02-04)


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  9. ^ Rated 4.5/5 stars by Allmusic
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  13. ^ Canada Dance peak
  14. ^ Eurochart peak
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