Like It's Her Birthday

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"Like It's Her Birthday"
Single by Good Charlotte
from the album Cardiology
Released August 24, 2010
Recorded April 2010
Genre Pop punk[1]
Length 3:29
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Benji Madden, Joel Madden, Don Gilmore
Producer(s) Don Gilmore
Good Charlotte singles chronology
"Where Would We Be Now"
(2008)
"Like It's Her Birthday"
(2010)
"Sex on the Radio"
(2010)

"Like It's Her Birthday" is a song by the American band Good Charlotte, taken from their fifth studio album, Cardiology. It was released as the album's first single on August 24, 2010.[2] Written by the band brothers Benji & Joel Madden, with additional writing and full production of Don Gilmore, the song is a pop punk song that talks about having fun with a girlfriend who likes to celebrate everyday like it was her birthday.[2] The song received positive reviews from music critics, who praised it for its catchiness, funny lyrics and danceable content.[3][4] The song was a big success on the ARIA Charts, reaching the top-ten. The band premiered the song live for the first time on May 22, 2010, at the 2010 Bamboozle Road Show in Charlotte, North Carolina. A version featuring Tonight Alive was also released,[5] though they do not appear in the video version. The music video was released on September 21, 2010 on YouTube featuring shots of the band performing in a dark room switching between scenes in a club.[6]

Background[edit]

Guitarist Benji Madden wrote on the band's website that Good Charlotte released the song to show appreciation of their patient fan base: "We always put a song on every record that's there just for fun and this is that song."[7] He also explained to Alternative Press that it "has a good mix of the old-school sound from our self-titled record from 2000, and the sound we explored on Good Morning Revival in 2007.[7] Guitarist Billy Martin discussed his contribution to the song during an interview with Unrescuable Schizo: "I got to do a guitar solo in it. I've been pushing to do some guitar solos for years. I got to do a really cool one on that song so that was definitely a highlight for me. It's a fairly pop song for us. It's still rock, it's very guitar-heavy but it's sort of a real pop melody. By putting a big rock guitar solo in the middle of the song, it gives it a nice edge. I like that fine line between being a rock band and writing pop songs."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Kevin Barber from Consequence of Sound was positive with the song, by saying that: "“Like It’s Her Birthday” is a little off-color from what the album is trying to accomplish. It does not shy away from the dance-y, mall-pop type of music that they were trying to avoid, but it is a catchy single that lets the public know that Good Charlotte is back.[4] Barber also said that: "It will be a guilty pleasure that some will try to ignore, but most will succumb to."[4] Ian Drew from US Magazine considerate it a "downright danceable fun".[3] Jon Dolan from Rolling Stone ironically said: "Like It's Her Birthday" sets a man's problem ("She said she only had a meeting/But she is dressed for something/Something that is no good") to a bubblegum groove that a 14-year-old could throw a fist to."[8] Eric Sundermann from Spin positively reviewed the track, saying: "The track blends a combination of old and new Good Charlotte: It's a fast paced party song, but rather than "The Anthem"-style distorted electric guitars, the group uses synthesizers to create the upbeat sound."[9]

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on August 27, 2010 on YouTube. The video features the Good Charlotte members performing inside of a glass cube-like structure in a blacked-out room.[6] The video also features the band in a party with a number of fine ladies.[6] There are cameo appearances from The Maine's John O'Callaghan and Kennedy Brock, Boys Like Girls's Martin Johnson and Paul DiGiovanni, and Mest's Tony Lovato.[10]

Chart performance[edit]

"Like It's Her Birthday" debuted on the ARIA Digital Track Chart at #40 on August 30, 2010[11] and #17 on the ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart on September 5, 2010.[12]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[12] 7
Finland[13] 18
New Zealand (RIANZ)[14] 34
UK Rock Chart 8
US Billboard Pop Songs 35

Year-end charts[edit]

Charts (2010) Position
Australian Singles Chart[15] 82

Certifications[edit]

Country Sales Certification
Australia 70,000 Platinum[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Good Charlotte – Cardiology album reviews". Sweetlyrics. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Like It's Her Birtday by Good Charlotte – Songfacts". Songfacts. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Ian Drew (October 29, 2010). "Review – Good Charlotte, Cardiology". US Magazine. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Barber, Kevin (October 29, 2010). "Album Review: Good Charlotte – Cardiology <> Consequence of Sound". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Good Charlotte – Like it's her Birthday FEAT: Tonight Alive.". YouTube. November 1, 2010. Retrieved December 18, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Chris Ryan (September 27, 2010). "New Video: Good Charlotte, 'Like It's Her Birthday'". MTV News. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b Tim Karan (November 2, 2010). "Track By Track: Good Charlotte". Alternative Press. Retrieved January 10, 2014. 
  8. ^ Jon Dolan (October 29, 2010). "Cardiology by Good Charlotte – Rolling Stone Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ Eric Sundermann (August 5, 2010). "LISTEN: Good Charlotte Release New Track". Spin (magazine). Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
  10. ^ Castina (September 27, 2010). "Good Charlotte Premieres "Like It’s Her Birthday" Music VIDEO". Pop Crunch. Retrieved April 28, 2011. 
  11. ^ http://www.ariacharts.com.au/pages/charts_display_digital.asp?chart=1DT40[dead link]
  12. ^ a b "Top 50 Singles Chart – Australian Recording Industry Association". ARIA Charts. Archived from the original on 2010-09-17. Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  13. ^ "The Voice". Retrieved November 6, 2010. 
  14. ^ "RIANZ". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ). Retrieved November 8, 2010. 
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Singles 2010". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved January 8, 2011. 
  16. ^ ARIA Australia

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