Thank You (Dido song)

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"Thank You"
Single by Dido
from the album No Angel
Released 12 December 2000
Format CD single
Recorded 1998
Genre Pop rock,[1] Electronic, Downtempo[2]
Length 3:44
Label

BMG

Arista Records (US version)[3]
Writer(s) Dido Armstrong, Paul Herman
Producer(s) Dido Armstrong, Rollo
Dido singles chronology
"Stan"
(2000)
"Thank You"
(2000)
"Hunter"
(2001)
Dido's "Thank You" from No Angel

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"Thank You" is a song by English singer-songwriter Dido. The song was released on her debut studio album, No Angel (1999). The song made its first appearance in 1998, on the soundtrack of Sliding Doors, although it was not released as a single until late 2000. It later featured on Dido's debut album, No Angel, becoming the album's biggest hit. The song samples the "Theme from the Planets" drum break. The song's first verse is notably used as the chorus in the song "Stan" by Eminem.[4]

Song information[edit]

Dido wrote the song as a tribute to her boyfriend, entertainment lawyer Bob Page. They got engaged in 2001 but split the following year - "White Flag", which features on Dido's second album Life for Rent, is about their split. It remains Dido's biggest hit single in the US to date, and her only one to reach the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Eminem's "Stan"[edit]

Eminem's critically acclaimed single "Stan" samples the first verse of the song for its chorus. Dido herself appears in the music video for "Stan" and has made appearances on Eminem's tours to perform the song. When Eminem performed "Stan" live at the 2001 Grammy Awards, Elton John sang the Dido sample as he played keyboard during the performance.

Deep Dish version[edit]

The house duo Deep Dish remixed the song. It won a Grammy Award for "Best Remixed Recording" in 2002.

Syke's "Dear Kuya"[edit]

Syke's single "Dear Kuya" samples the Thunderstorm Remix of the song for its chorus. Syke, who was formerly from the Ghetto Doggs, wrote this song & dissed Andrew E. on his anomalies.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

"Thank You" received critical acclaim from music critics, who thought the ballad was very "touching and soft" and an instant standout to the album. Jeff Burger from Allmusic had highlighted "Thank You" as an album standout.[6] Christian Ward from NME had said "'Thank You', which, far from conjuring up images of lunatic fan-worship, is more reminiscent of The Corrs. Now that really is sick."[7] Reviewers from Sputnikmusic gave it positive reviews, who many felt the song was a "well written pop song".[8]

Chart performance[edit]

"Thank You" reached a peak position of #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April 2001, becoming Dido's first and only top three single in the United States. In the United Kingdom, "Thank You" also reached a peak position of #3, becoming the singer's third top three single from No Angel in the United Kingdom. It was Dido's biggest single in the United Kingdom, until the release of "White Flag".

"Thank You" also performed very well in other mainstream markets. In New Zealand, the song debuted at number 47. The song later peaked at number three for three consecutive weeks. The song later re-entered at number 37, until falling at number 50, then re-entered at number 49.[9] The song failed to chart in Australia despite receiving significant airplay. The song debuted and peaked at number 17 in Norway, until falling at number 20.[10] The song debuted at number 68 in the Netherlands, and then it peaked at number 29, staying there for two consecutive weeks.[11] The song also reached number 16 in Switzerland and number 25 in Austria.

Since becoming her biggest hit in both countries, the song has often been recognized as Dido's signature song.

Music video[edit]

Dido recorded a music video for "Thank You". In the video, Dido has not paid her bills, and the government comes to tear down her house. The construction workers put an eviction notice on her door and move her things out. Dido, who seems oblivious to the fact that her house has been barricaded, is seen simply singing the song. In the end, she is escorted out of her home and is forced to walk the streets with a backpack and suitcases. During the first chorus of the song, Dido has a cup of tea whilst moving and demolishing all the stuff outside her house into the van.

The end of the video implies that her house is being torn down for redevelopment (her home is sandwiched between two large skyscrapers). The video was directed by Dave Meyers and was released in January 2001.

Another music video has Dido performing the song live at one of her concerts, audio is dubbed from the soundtrack.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK vinyl
  1. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Vocal Mix)
  2. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Dub Remix)
  • UK CD single
  1. "Thank You" (Album edit)
  2. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Vocal Mix)
  • US maxi CD single
  1. "Thank You" (Album edit)
  2. "Thank You" (Skinny Remix)
  3. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Vocal Mix)
  4. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Dub Remix)
  • European CD single
  1. "Thank You" (Album edit)
  2. "Thank You" (Skinny Remix)
  3. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Vocal Mix)
  4. "Thank You" (Music Video)

Charts[edit]

Charts (2001) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[13] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[14] 22
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[15] 29
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan) 10
France (SNEP)[16] 30
Germany (Media Control Charts)[17] 41
Ireland (IRMA) 5
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[18] 18
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[20] 17
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[21] 9
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[22] 42
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 16
UK Singles (The Official Chart Company)[24] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[25] 3
US Billboard Pop Songs 2
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs[26] 1
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs 1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary[27] 1

Cover versions and other samples[edit]

  • In 1999, long before the song became a hit, Mexican group Flans recorded a Spanish version entitled "Gracias". It was released as the third single from the album "Hadas".
  • In 2000, CKBE-FM David Tyler.
  • In 2002, saxophonist Marion Meadows covered the song from his album In Deep.[28][29]
  • In 2005, Italian artist Flexter released a Euro House cover of the song.
  • In 2006, Snoop Dogg also sampled the beat of "Thank You" on his song "Round Here" from his 2006 album, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment. The song was produced by Dr. Dre.
  • In 2008, West Coast rapper The Game's song "My Life" samples the piano melody of "Thank You". This song was produced by Cool & Dre.
  • Also in 2008, Mandopop singer Jolin Tsai covered "Thank You" in her English cover album Love Exercise.

Legacy[edit]

In an interview on BBC Radio 3 in 2005 Katharine Worsley, Duchess of Kent, who, after relinquishing royal duties, worked as a classical music teacher, chose Thank You as one of her favourite pieces.

It was also voted the 57th Most Annoying Pop Songs We Hate To Love in a recent poll on BBC.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dido - Thank You (Original Mix) [RCA Records Label] :: Beatport". Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dido - Thank You (CD) at Discogs". Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  3. ^ [Dido Thank You US Cover.jpeg "Dido - Thank You (CD) at Discogs"] Check |url= scheme (help). Retrieved 12 October 2014. 
  4. ^ SamplesDB - Dido's Tracks
  5. ^ Philippine Underground Rappers (Andrew E. vs. Syke)
  6. ^ No Angel - Dido | AllMusic
  7. ^ NME Album Reviews - Dido: No Angel
  8. ^ "Dido - No Angel (album review )". Sputnikmusic. 2005-07-05. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  9. ^ New Zealand charts
  10. ^ Norwegian charts
  11. ^ Dutch Top 100 charts
  12. ^ Discogs.com
  13. ^ "Dido – Thank You – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Dido – Thank You" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Dido – Thank You" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  16. ^ "Lescharts.com – Dido – Thank You" (in French). Les classement single.
  17. ^ "Dido – Thank You". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment.
  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Dido search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  19. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Dido – Thank You". Top 40 Singles.
  20. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Dido – Thank You". VG-lista.
  21. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Dido – Thank You" Canciones Top 50.
  22. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Dido – Thank You". Singles Top 60.
  23. ^ "Dido – Thank You – swisscharts.com". Swiss Singles Chart.
  24. ^ UK Singles chart info at chartstats.com
  25. ^ Billboard Hot 100 chart info at billboard.com
  26. ^ Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart info at billboard.com
  27. ^ Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks info at billboard.com
  28. ^ "In Deep overview". Allmusic.com. 
  29. ^ "In Deep : Marion Meadows". ConcordMusicGroup.com. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack & Sons of the Desert
"There You'll Be" by Faith Hill
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
June 16, 2001 (first run)
June 30, 2001 (second run)
July 14, 2001 (third run)
September 1, 2001 (fourth run)
Succeeded by
"I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack & Sons of the Desert
"There You'll Be" by Faith Hill
Preceded by
"You Set Me Free" by Abigail
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
September 1, 2001
Succeeded by
"I Feel Loved" by Depeche Mode