Do I Make You Proud

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"Do I Make You Proud"
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Single by Taylor Hicks
B-side "Takin' It to the Streets"
Released June 13, 2006
Format CD Single
Recorded Los Angeles, California
Genre Soul
Length 4:13
Label Arista
Songwriter(s) Tracy Ackerman, Andy Watkins, Paul Wilson
Producer(s) Absolute, Dave Way
Taylor Hicks singles chronology
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"Do I Make You Proud" is a soul-pop song written for American Idol season five winner Taylor Hicks by Tracy Ackerman, Andy Watkins and Paul Wilson of the Absolute production team, and co-produced by Dave Way. The song was released as a single on June 13, 2006 from the Arista record label.


Hicks first performed the song on the finale of American Idol's fifth season, to which he received outstanding comments from all three judges. Simon Cowell correctly predicted that Hicks would win that year's American Idol with the performance.

Along with "Do I Make You Proud", it includes, as a B-side track, his cover of The Doobie Brothers's "Takin' It to the Streets". The American Idol judges loved his rendition of "Takin' It to the Streets" – Randy Jackson said it was not his favorite song from Hicks, but he was trying to comprehend his dance moves onstage. Paula Abdul said that the song was great and loved the energy and dancing. Simon Cowell "loved the song" and said that "that's what it's all about — having fun and being memorable." Cowell also said it was the best performance of the night.

Hicks' rendition of "Takin' It to the Streets" would become his first song to chart, peaking at number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100, due to moderate sales of digital downloads only. The song was not released as Hicks's single, since "Do I Make You Proud" was to become his first single after he won the American Idol competition.

"Weird Al" Yankovic's 2006 album Straight Outta Lynwood included a parody of "Do I Make You Proud", called "Do I Creep You Out". It is Yankovic's first parody of a singer from the Idol television series.


The lyrics communicate a feeling of pride for one's accomplishments after struggling with and then finally achieving a long-term goal, all while retaining one's humility. This reflects Hicks' sudden career transformation from an independent musical artist to a celebrity.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Do I Make You Proud" – 4:10
  2. "Takin' It to the Streets" – 3:37

Chart performance[edit]

Billboard confirmed that "Do I Make You Proud" sold 190,000 physical singles and 38,000 digital downloads during its first week, prompting a number-one debut on the Hot 100 for the issue dated July 1, 2006. It was only the 15th song out of over 1000 number ones to debut at number one on the Hot 100 chart. Hicks also became the fourth American Idol contestant to have a single debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 behind Clay Aiken, Fantasia Barrino, and Carrie Underwood. As of September 2009, "Do I Make You Proud" has sold 672,000 singles.[1]

"Do I Make You Proud" remained number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 for one week, declining by at least 10 places almost every week until it left the chart after eight weeks, making it the first number one single in the history of the US charts to fall off the charts in less than ten weeks.[2]

In Canada, the single reached number one on the SoundScan singles chart and remained there for 15 consecutive weeks.[citation needed]

In 2009 Billboard issued its Decade End Charts compiling the top artists and releases for the years 2000-2009. "Do I Make You Proud" charted at number 39 on the Decade End Singles Sales chart.[3]


Chart (2006) Peak
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan) 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks 14
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 99

See also[edit]

Preceded by
"Hips Don't Lie" by Shakira featuring Wyclef Jean
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
July 1, 2006
Succeeded by
"Promiscuous" by Nelly Furtado featuring Timbaland
Preceded by
Inside Your Heaven
American Idol winner's singles
Succeeded by
This Is My Now


  1. ^ "How the American Idol coronation singles stack up, part 1". 2009-06-04. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  2. ^ "Taylor Hicks". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  3. ^ "billboardbiz 2009 - Hot Singles Sales". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  4. ^ "billboardbiz 2006 - Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2013-12-10. 

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