How You Remind Me

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"How You Remind Me"
Single by Nickelback
from the album Silver Side Up
B-side "Little Friend"
Released August 21, 2001 (2001-08-21)
(See release history)
Format CD single, CD maxi
Recorded 2001
Genre Post-grunge
Length 3:43
Label Roadrunner
Writer(s) Chad Kroeger
Nickelback
Producer(s) Rick Parashar
Nickelback
Nickelback singles chronology
"Worthy to Say"
(2000)
"How You Remind Me"
(2001)
"Too Bad"
(2002)
Music video
"How You Remind Me" on YouTube
Nickelback's "How You Remind Me" from Silver Side Up

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"How You Remind Me" is a hit song by Canadian rock band Nickelback, released in August 2001 as the lead single from their album Silver Side Up. A "Gold Mix" was made for latter editions of the single with the heavier guitars edited out of the chorus. This single would be the last rock single to be No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 until 2008 when "Viva la Vida" by Coldplay did the same. Lead vocalist and guitarist Chad Kroeger wrote the song about his old girlfriend Jodi, with whom he had a dysfunctional relationship.[1] He refers to this song as the song that put Nickelback on the map as referred to their concert in Sturgis. It is often considered to be their signature song.

"How You Remind Me" was named the No. 1 most played song on U.S. radio of the 2000s decade by Nielsen Soundscan, being spun over 1.2 million times on U.S. airwaves since its release in 2001 to the end of 2009.[2] The song was named 4th on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade and 75th in the UK decade Chart.[3] It was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single. "How You Remind Me" was also rated the No. 1 rock song and No. 4 alternative song of the decade of the 2000s by Billboard.

Music video[edit]

The successful music video for "How You Remind Me" featured Nickelback playing a small venue with focus on a female audience member. Chad Kroeger admitted to disliking the idea of a small venue performance at first, opting for a bigger scale arena concert; however, he found the outcome of the video satisfying.

In the music video, Chad Kroeger plays a man whose girlfriend (played by model Annie Henley) has left him and is still haunted by her memory. He still feels strongly for her, and sees her everywhere he goes. Whenever he imagines her touch, he feels a warm memory, indicated by the change in lighting in the video. As the music video progresses, he starts to get over her. At the end, she shows up and apparently asks him to forgive her. This is what he had wanted all along, but suddenly he realizes that it isn't really what he wanted, and pushes her away. She is left with a broken heart and haunted by memories, as he had been at the beginning of the video.

Another version of the video exists, and has been played on some UK and Australian music channels. The video simply features the footage of the band playing from the main video, added to footage of the band's live performances and tour movies.

Chart performances and awards[edit]

Due to its high sales and massive airplay, it was ranked as the top single of 2002 by Billboard magazine. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA in 2005, for sales of over 500,000 copies, and by late 2010 it had sold around 860,000 copies total.[4]

The song went on to rack up four Billboard Awards, four Juno awards. "How You Remind Me" was the No. 1 Most Played Song of 2002 in the United States, across all formats, according to Billboard Monitor. In 2003, the song was nominated for Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

"How You Remind Me" was the No. 1 song on the Billboard's 2002 Year-End Hot 100 Singles Chart, and VH1 ranked the song as the 16th Greatest Power Ballad.[5]

The song was listed at No. 36 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.[6]

The song also hit No. 1 on the Kerrang! feature, 21st Century's Official 100 Rock Best Sellers.

The song was the 75th best-selling single of the 2000s in the UK.[7]

In Germany, it's not just the band's best charting single by reaching No. 3 on the German Singles Chart, it's also Nickelback's longest-staying single on that chart, namely a total of 30 weeks.[8]

In 2011, Fuse TV named it the No. 1 song of the decade.

It was listed as No. 9 at the Billboard Hot 100 top 100 Rock Songs of the last 50 years.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "How You Remind Me" (Album version) - 3:45
  2. "How You Remind Me" (Acoustic) 3:39
  3. "Little Friend" - 3:48
CD maxi
  1. "How You Remind Me" (Gold Mix) — 3:45
  2. "How You Remind Me" (LP Version) — 3:30
  3. "Little Friend" - 3:48
  4. "How You Remind Me" (Video)

Release history[edit]

Country Release Date
United States August 21, 2001 (2001-08-21)
United Kingdom March 25, 2002 (2002-03-25)

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"It's Been Awhile" by Staind
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
15 September – 8 December 2001
Succeeded by
"My Sacrifice" by Creed
Preceded by
"Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
22 September 2001 – 15 December 2001
Succeeded by
"In the End" by Linkin Park
Preceded by
"Family Affair by Mary J. Blige
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream number-one single
22 December 2001 – 23 February 2002
Succeeded by
"Hey Baby" by No Doubt featuring Bounty Killer
Preceded by
"U Got It Bad" by Usher
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
22 December 2001 – 12 January 2002
Succeeded by
"Always on Time" by Ja Rule featuring Ashanti
Preceded by
"L'Amour toujours" by Gigi D'Agostino
Danish number-one single
25 January 2002 – 1 February 2002
Succeeded by
"Whenever, Wherever" by Shakira
Preceded by
"What If" by Kate Winslet
"Whenever, Wherever" by Shakira
Austrian number-one single
10 February 2002
24 February 2002
Preceded by
"Unchained Melody" by Gareth Gates
Irish IRMA number-one single
13 April 2002 – 11 May 2002
Succeeded by
"Here Come The Good Times"
by Ireland World Cup Squad

Avril Lavigne version[edit]

"How You Remind Me"
Avril Lavigne - How You Remind Me (Single cover).jpg
"How You Remind Me" cover
Promotional single[48] by Avril Lavigne from the album Avril Lavigne (Japan, Taiwan, China Tour Edition)
Released December 11, 2012
Genre Sadcore, soft rock
Length 4:05
Label Sony Music Japan
Writer Chad Kroeger
Producer Avril Lavigne, David Hodges

"How You Remind Me" was recorded by Franco-Canadian singer and Kroeger's wife Avril Lavigne for the anime film One Piece Film: Z. It was reported on 17 October 2012 that Lavigne would be contributing two cover songs to the film, the latter track and a cover of Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation".[49] Lavigne later confirmed the new recording on 5 November 2012.[50] The song was released in Japan on 11 December 2012, as a digital download on the One Piece Film: Z soundtrack.[51] It was released on 19 December 2013 as a digital download in the UK.[52] Later, it was included in the Japan, Taiwan, China Tour Edition of the album Avril Lavigne as one of the bonus tracks.[53]

Background[edit]

Lavigne was in the studio with Kroeger working on her fifth studio album when she was asked to contribute a song to the film, but didn't have time to write another during the studio sessions they had left. Kroeger later commented that "Avril jokingly suggested to cover a Nickelback song, but then we both figured it'd actually be a good idea to do "How You Remind Me". We recorded a version more similar to the original, but we both were not happy with it, thinking it needs its own spin. Avril then rearranged the song and we all liked it."[54]

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  54. ^ "Chad talks about Avril Lavigne covering one of his tunes". Retrieved 23 January 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"I'm Like a Bird" by Nelly Furtado
Juno Award for Best Single
2002
Succeeded by
"Complicated" by Avril Lavigne