"One Day Like This" is the second single from Elbow's fourth studio album The Seldom Seen Kid, released on 2 June 2008 on two 7" vinyl records and one CD single. "One Day Like This" debuted at #39 in the UK Singles Chart on 8 June 2008, marking Elbow's seventh UK Top 40 single. After 14 weeks, the single finally peaked at number 35 on 14 September 2008. Although it peaked considerably lower than its predecessor "Grounds for Divorce" (which peaked at number 19), the band's increasing popularity in the UK after winning their 2009 BRIT Award for Best British band meant that "One Day Like This" has spent more weeks in the UK Top 100 than any of Elbow's other singles, spending 35 weeks there; unlike its predecessor, which spent 11 weeks in the UK Top 100. The song peaked at number 35 again on 22 February 2009 and was still on the charts at number 95 as of 21 June 2009.
On 21 May 2009, the song won the Ivor Novello award for Best Song. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 41 on its list of "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years". After the 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony, the single peaked at #4 in the UK - a new high for the song and for the band.
The promotional video for the song features a man at a busy road junction, holding a red sign in the shape of a pointing arrow, containing the words "Condos - Now Selling". The man is named David Lemke, an employee at the time of guerilla marketing franchise AArrow Advertising. He stands at the junction, and turns the sign around many times, pointing it in all directions, including flipping it in the air and spinning it on his head, whilst the motorists, pedestrians and skateboarders pass by.
It was used in the Series 4 finale of Waterloo Road. The song has also been used in Australia, by Channel 9 during their coverage of the NRL (National Rugby League), and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) during the closing montage of the 2008 Tour de France. It was also used for a dance on Season 3 of So You Think You Can Dance Canada, and on the eleventh episode of series 13 of Holby City on 28 December 2010. The song is used as an intro during the U2 360° Tour, before the band appears on stage.
It also appears in station identification messages for WHROworld television channel in regions of the United States since at least 2011.
On 12 August the song was played live by the band at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
"One Day Like This" was the second single from Sarah Brightman's eleventh studio album, Dreamchaser, released on 15 April (16 January in Japan), 2013, and produced by Mike Hedges and Sally Herbert.