Don't Know Why

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"Don't Know Why"
Don't Know Why (Norah Jones single - cover art).jpg
Single by Norah Jones
from the album Come Away with Me
ReleasedJuly 2002
LabelBlue Note
Songwriter(s)Jesse Harris
Norah Jones singles chronology
"Don't Know Why"
"Feelin' the Same Way"

Come Away with Me

Don't Know Why" / "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

Turn Me On
Alternative cover
Cover art for "Don't Know Why" / "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"
Cover art for "Don't Know Why" / "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"

"Don't Know Why" is a song written and composed by Jesse Harris that originally appeared on his 1999 album, Jesse Harris & the Ferdinandos. A cover of it was the second single by American singer Norah Jones from her debut studio album Come Away with Me (2002). Jones's version peaked at No. 30 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and was a critical success, helping establish her as a respected new artist, and subsequently her album sold extremely well. The single went on to win three Grammy Awards in 2003 for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. It remains Jones's biggest hit single in the United States to date, and her only one to reach the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. The single was also a hit internationally and reached top 10 in several countries. The song charted at 459 in Blender magazine's 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born.[2]

A music video directed by Anastasia Simone and Ian Spencer was released in 2002.


  • The children's television show Sesame Street parodied the song with Jones playing the song at a piano about the letter Y being missing and Elmo appears later with her, joining in singing the song.
  • The sketch comedy show MADtv parodied the song in a commercial for the fictitious album Monotonous. The joke of the sketch is that the song sets the mood for wild parties despite its slow pace.


"Don't Know Why"[edit]

Chart (2002–03) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[3] 5
Austrian Singles Chart[3] 56
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[4] 28
Dutch Singles Chart[5] 86
French Singles Chart[5] 74
German Singles Chart[3] 82
New Zealand Singles Chart[3] 24
US Billboard Hot 100 30
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 4
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs 8
US Billboard Pop Songs 32

"Don't Know Why" / "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
UK Singles Chart[6] 67

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 97

Other appearances[edit]

  • WYEP Live and Direct: Volume 4 – On Air Performances (2002)


  1. ^ Come Away with Me liner notes. Blue Note (2002)
  2. ^ "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born: 51-100 Article on Blender :: The Ultimate Guide to Music and More". 2009-03-06. Archived from the original on 2009-03-06. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  3. ^ a b c d "Don't Know Why by Norah Jones - Music Charts". Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  4. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Steffen Hung. "Norah Jones - Don't Know Why". Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  6. ^ "Don't Know Why / I'll Be Your Baby Tonight by Norah Jones - Music Charts". Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  7. ^ "2003 Year End Charts". Retrieved 2012-11-22.

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