Dakota (song)

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Single by Stereophonics
from the album Language. Sex. Violence. Other?
B-side "Long Way Round"
Released February 28, 2005
Format Digital download, CD, vinyl (Europe)
Recorded 2004–05
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:57 (album version)
4:01 (radio edit)
Label V2 Records
Songwriter(s) Kelly Jones
Producer(s) Jim Lowe, Kelly Jones
Stereophonics singles chronology
Music video
"Dakota" on YouTube

"Dakota" (released in the US as "Dakota (You Made Me Feel Like the One)") is a song by Welsh alternative rock band Stereophonics. It was the first single from their fifth studio album Language. Sex. Violence. Other? and was released on 28 February 2005.

It was the first Stereophonics single to reach number 1 on the UK Singles Chart or to chart on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song spent a total of 44 weeks on the UK singles chart, the most any Stereophonics single has managed, and it also topped the download chart, remaining on the chart for 22 weeks, half of which were spent in the top 10.[citation needed] The song has been compared to the works of U2.[1][2] It also made an appearance in the video games FIFA Manager 06 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2010.[3][4]


Kelly Jones started writing the music for "Dakota" in January 2004. He was staying in a hotel room in Paris while Stereophonics were on a promo tour for You Gotta Go There To Come Back and was trying to find a new sound. A month later, while the band were on tour in the United States, he wrote the lyrics in Vermillion[5] and the song's working title was originally named after it.[6] After Slipknot released a song from their third album entitled "Vermilion" and Mercury Rev released their sixth album with a song included on it also called "Vermillion", the band decided to change the title of the song.[6] The name of the song was changed to "Dakota", named after the apartment building in New York City.[7] One of the song's signature lines, "Take a look at me now", was first used - in a similar melody - in their earlier single "Since I Told You It's Over".[8]


Then BBC Radio 1 DJ Jo Whiley was the first to play "Dakota" on air. Kelly and Richard Jones presented the song as part of Radio 1's "10 albums to watch for 2005".[9]

US radio airplay[edit]

"Dakota" was the first Stereophonics single to achieve success on alternative rock radio stations in the United States - where it was promoted as "Dakota (You Made Me Feel Like the One)".[10] Before "Dakota", no Stereophonics single had charted on any rock charts in the U.S. After its release in February, the single steadily gained ground on U.S. alternative rock radio, notably on stations such as WFNX, WBCN and KROQ-FM.[citation needed]

"Dakota" continued to gain support across the U.S. and eventually became the first Stereophonics song to chart on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. It first charted on 9 July 2005, almost half a year after its original release. The song peaked at number 34[11] on the chart and remained on the chart for six weeks.[12] It was their first and so far only single to make the chart.[13]


Four weeks before the official release of the single, "Dakota" was released exclusively on the iTunes Store.[14] The song was also available for download from the band's website.[15] The single was widely released on 28 February[16] on four formats, including a CD single, Maxi single, vinyl single and DVD single.[17]

The album version of "Dakota" was included as the opening track on Stereophonics' first greatest hits compilation album Decade in the Sun.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Dakota" was filmed in South Dakota, United States. It features Stereophonics on a road trip through Dakota on the back of a truck. As the video goes on, the band pass various Dakota sights including Mount Rushmore. The video was given an exclusive showing on MTV before it was shown on other music channels.[18]


Critical response[edit]

"Dakota" received positive reviews. AllMusic editor MacKenzie Wilson said the song had "glossy guitar hooks" when reviewing the album. Along with the songs "Brother" and "Girl" she stated that they "find Stereophonics' second coming to be a convincing one."[19] On the "Readers 100 Greatest Tracks of 2005" at Q, "Dakota" was placed 8th.[20] James Masterson named the song his single of the year in 2005.[7] Alexis Petridis from The Guardian praised the song for replacing their "standard smug lumbering with an urgent synthesizer pulse" and its "breezy, radio-smashing chorus."[21]

Pete Cashmore from NME was critical towards "Dakota" for sounding like a U2 stadium song and being "too concerned with making an impressive noise and not concerned enough with a tune."[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Dakota" gave Stereophonics their first UK number one single as it topped both the Singles and Download charts.[22][23][24] It remained in the charts for 44 weeks and ranked at number 40 on the year-end charts.[25] It was also the band's first single to chart on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart, peaking at number 34.[11][13] In Ireland the song peaked at number 8 and remained in the chart for seven weeks.[26]

Cover versions[edit]

Show of Hands recorded a cover version for their 2010 album Covers 2.

Track listings[edit]


Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gibbons, Anthony. "Language. Sex. Violence. Other?". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Cashmore, Pete (15 March 2005). "Stereophonics : Language. Sex. Violence. Other?". NME. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Fifa Manager 06 credits". Moby Games. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "List of songs on Pro Evolution Soccer 2010". neoseeker. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  5. ^ Language. Sex. Violence. Other (CD booklet). Stereophonics. V2 Records. 2003. 
  6. ^ a b Vox Populi, Stereophonics (2006). Language. Sex. Violence. Other? (DVD). Liberation Entertainment. 
  7. ^ a b "Dakota by Stereophonics". Songfacts. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  8. ^ You Gotta Go There To Come Back (CD booklet). Stereophonics. V2 Records. 2003. 
  9. ^ "Jo Whiley to play Dakota first!". Stereophonics Ltd. 4 January 2005. Archived from the original on 20 June 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Stereophonics - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Dakota (You Made Me Feel Like the One)". Music VF. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Stereophonics - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c "Dakota (You Made Me Feel Like The One)". Billboard. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Dakota exclusively available via iTunes music store". Stereophonics Ltd. 26 January 2005. Archived from the original on 20 June 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Dakota download #2". Stereophonics Ltd. 14 February 2005. Archived from the original on 20 June 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Dakota out today". Stereophonics Ltd. 28 February 2005. Archived from the original on 20 June 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  17. ^ a b c d e "Stereophonics - Discography". Stereophonics. Archived from the original on 9 July 2013. 
  18. ^ "Dakota video". Stereophonics Ltd. 26 January 2005. Archived from the original on 20 June 2015. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  19. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "Language. Sex. Violence. Other?". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Readers 100 Greatest Tracks Of 2005". Rocklist. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  21. ^ Petridis, Alexis (4 March 2005). "Stereophonics, Language. Sex. Violence. Other?". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  22. ^ a b c "STEREOPHONICS". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  23. ^ "Stereophonics score download hit". BBC. 7 April 2005. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  24. ^ Saney, Daniel (7 March 2005). "Stereophonics take UK number one". Digital Spy. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  25. ^ a b "The Official UK Singles Chart 2005" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. January 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 January 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  26. ^ a b "Search the charts". The Irish Charts. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2013.  Note: "Dakota" has to be searched manually.
  27. ^ a b "Dakota - Stereophonics: Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  28. ^ "Australian Singles Chart". Australian-charts.org. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  29. ^ "Stereophonics - Dakota". Ultratop. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  30. ^ "Stereophonics - DAKOTA (NUMBER)". GfK. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  31. ^ "STEREOPHONICS - DAKOTA (SONG)". Charts.org.nz. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  32. ^ "Top 40 Indie Singles : 06.03.2005". Official Chart Company. BBC. 6 March 2005. Archived from the original on 6 March 2005. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 
  33. ^ "50 back catalogue singles". Ultratop. 17 July 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2013. 
  34. ^ "Certified Awards - Search by parameters". BPI. 9 December 2016. Archived from the original on 1 March 2014. Retrieved 14 September 2013.  Note: "Dakota" has to be searched manually.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Over and Over" by Nelly featuring Tim McGraw
UK number one single
12 March 2005 – 18 March 2005
Succeeded by
"All About You/You've Got a Friend" by McFly