Don't Give Up (Chicane song)

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"Don't Give Up"
Chicane featuring Bryan Adams Don't Give Up single cover.jpg
Single by Chicane featuring Bryan Adams
from the album Behind the Sun
Released6 March 2000
RecordedModena One, Mothership Studios UK
  • 3:42 (2000 radio edit)
  • 3:58 (2004 radio edit)
  • 8:38 (album version)
  • Bracegirdle
  • Ray Hedges
  • Alex Gold
  • Chris Agnelli
  • Robbie Nelson (2004)
Chicane singles chronology
"Don't Give Up"
"No Ordinary Morning" / "Halcyon"

Love on the Run

Don't Give Up 2004

Stoned in Love
Bryan Adams singles chronology
"The Best of Me"
"Don't Give Up"
"Inside Out"
Alternative cover
2012 re-release cover
2012 re-release cover

"Don't Give Up" is a song by British electronic music artist Chicane, featuring vocals recorded by Canadian singer Bryan Adams. It was released on 6 March 2000 as the second single from Chicane's second studio album Behind the Sun. The song peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart and become a popular dance track in clubs across Europe and North America.


The collaboration between the two musicians began in 1999, when Adams contacted Bracegirdle at his studio to arrange for a remix of Adams's forthcoming single "Cloud Number 9" from his 1998 album On a Day Like Today.[1] The resulting remix was selected by Adams as the radio edit of the single, which went on to reach number six on the UK chart.[2]

Later, having written the music for a track that needed to be turned into a song, Bracegirdle played the idea to Adams during his search for a voice. Adams agreed to the role, and also wrote the melody and lyrics to the song "Don't Give Up".[1]

Adams's rock-styled vocals were buried in audio processing. This was done through Prosoniq's OrangeVocoder plugin on Steinberg's Cubase VST digital audio workstation. Even though his voice was altered electronically, it is still recognisable.[3] One critic felt the processed vocals were unsuccessful: "Adams digitally treated his vocal on this track to an extreme degree to make it sound less rock. I don't think he quite manages it – his singing is husky anyhow."[4]


Adams's vocal credit was initially not publicized, particularly when the single, in a white label release, was first played by noted BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong[2] on his 31 December 1999 Essential Selection show.[5] It was chosen as Tong's "Essential New Tune" selection, which, on this episode, was specially designated "Essential New Tune for the millennium".[5][6] On a later January show, Judge Jules, standing in for Tong, played it as the Essential New Tune again.[7][8] It was also included on Tong's Essential Selection Spring 2000 compilation album.

On the week of 12 March 2000, "Don't Give Up" overtook "American Pie", Madonna's number one single of the previous week, on the UK Singles Chart, outselling it by 1224 copies.[9] The song featured on the acclaimed[10] 2000 mix album CreamLive. The song sold 270,000 copies in the UK as stated by the Official UK Charts Company.

In 2004, following Bracegirdle's departure from Xtravaganza, the label issued "Don't Give Up 2004", a single including only new remixes by label founder Alex Gold and Xtravaganza artists Agnelli & Nelson.

Critical reception[edit]

Dom Passantino of Stylus Magazine was mixed, saying "this is our Bryan's only entry to number one [in the UK Singles Chart in the 2000s], a far too obvious attempt at appealing to both Dave Pearce and Ken Bruce at the same time. Bizarrely enough, time has revealed it to actually be the colour negative of 'Emerge' by Fischerspooner. Except this actually sold some copies."[11] Tom Ewing of Freaky Trigger, although saying the song predicted the EDM boom of the 2010s, was also mixed, saying: "Inadvertently, the track hits on an idea – throaty, effortful bloke singing over formula builds and drops – that we will see an awful lot of in the early 2010s. But this inadvertent futurism isn't the result of any particular vision, just an offspring of the listless humping of two clichés."[4]


Chart (2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[12] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[13] 17
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[14] 18
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[15] 56
Canada Dance (RPM)[16] 9
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[17] 9
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[18] 8
France (SNEP)[19] 43
Germany (Official German Charts)[20] 24
Greece (IFPI)[21] 9
Hungary (Mahasz)[22] 9
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[23] 33
Ireland (IRMA) 11
Italy (FIMI)[24] 20
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[25] 14
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[26] 14
Norway (VG-lista)[27] 6
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[28] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[29] 51
Spain (AFYVE) 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[30] 42
UK Singles Chart (Official Charts Company)[31] 1
US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play[32] 3


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[33] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[34] Silver 200,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
Worldwide 6 March 2000 (2000-03-06)
Worldwide (2004 version) 4 February 2004 (2004-02-04)


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  10. ^ Rated 4.5/5 stars by Allmusic
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  17. ^ Eurochart peak
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  34. ^ "British single certifications – Chicane – Don't Give Up". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 12 May 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Don't Give Up in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.