This Is the Life (Amy Macdonald song)

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"This Is the Life"
Single by Amy Macdonald
from the album This Is the Life
B-side "This Much Is True"
Released 10 December 2007 (2007-12-10) (UK)
25 April 2008 (Europe)
18 July 2008 (Germany)
20 October 2008 (France)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Indie pop, folk
Length 3:07
Label Vertigo
Writer(s) Amy Macdonald
Producer(s) Pete Wilkinson
Amy Macdonald singles chronology
"L.A."
(2007)
"This Is the Life"
(2007)
"Run"
(2008)

"This Is the Life" is an indie pop / folk song by Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald from her 2007 album of the same title. It was released on 10 December 2007 in UK, and in April 2008 in most of European countries, becoming a major hit worldwide. It has so far been Macdonald's most successful single, topping six charts and reaching the top ten in 11 charts around the world. The music video consists of pictures of Macdonald and her friends' night out. As sign of popularity, the song and the music video were included on the French double compilation NRJ Music Awards 2009.[1]

The song was used in a 2010 advert for the Fiat 500 shown across Europe.[2] It was also used in the early 2011 as an advert in Norway and re-entered the chart directly at number one. It is also used as an opening theme for a Polish television series True Law.

The track was also released in the U.S. on a vinyl 45 rpm single (Decca UCGR-00199-1) with unique picture sleeve, backed with "Let's Start a Band."

Charts performances[edit]

The song was first released in late 2007 in the UK, but achieved a moderate success, peaking at #28. In 2008, it was then successively released in many European countries, achieving huge success on The Dutch Mega Top 50 and the Dutch Top 40 where it became the biggest hit of 2008 and the best selling single for a female artist, the Ultratop 50 (Belgium Flanders), the Ultratop 40 (Belgium Wallonia), and on FIMI (Italian) chart, the German Singles Chart and the SNEP (France) chart, where it was #2. The song was also high ranked on the airplay and digital charts and had a long run in Austria, Switzerland and Belgium (Wallonia).

In Spain the song a long run in the singles chart on 2009, peaking at #3 in the official Spanish Singles Chart compiled by PROMUSICAE, and being certified 2x Platinum with sales over 80,000 units.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "This Is the Life" — 3:05
  2. "This Much Is True" — 2:44
Digital download
  1. "This Is the Life" — 3:05
  2. "This Is the Life (acoustic version)" — 3:06

Charts and sales[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Belgium (BEA)[41] Platinum 30,000*
Germany (BVMI)[42] Platinum 300,000^
Italy (FIMI)[43] Gold 10,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[44] 2× Platinum 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[45] Gold 15,000x

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"4 Minutes" by Madonna featuring Justin Timberlake
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
7 June 2008 – 14 June 2008
Succeeded by
"Viva Hollandia" by Wolter Kroes
Preceded by
"No Stress" by Laurent Wolf
Belgian (Flanders) number-one single
28 June 2008 – 6 September 2008
Succeeded by
"I Kissed a Girl" by Katy Perry
Preceded by
"Tired of Being Sorry (Laisse le destin l'emporter)"
by Enrique Iglesias and Nâdiya
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single (first run)
19 July 2008 – 23 August 2008
Succeeded by
"Dégénération" by Mylène Farmer
Preceded by
"Dégénération" by Mylène Farmer
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single (second run)
6 September 2008 – 13 September 2008
Succeeded by
"Rayon de soleil" by William Baldé
Preceded by
"I Kissed A Girl" by Katy Perry
Ö3 Austria Top 40 number-one single
1 October 2008 – 23 October 2008
Succeeded by
"So What" by Pink
Preceded by
"So What" by Pink
Czech Airplay Top 100
15 December 2008 – 29 December 2008
Succeeded by
"Viva La Vida" by Coldplay

References[edit]

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