First Day of My Life (Melanie C song)

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"First Day of My Life"
Single by Melanie C
from the album Beautiful Intentions
B-side "Runaway" "Better Alone" "Warrior"
Released 30 September 2005
Format CD single
Recorded 2005
Length 4:04
Label Red Girl
Producer(s) Richard Flack
Melanie C singles chronology
"Better Alone"
"First Day of My Life"
"The Moment You Believe"
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Music video
"First Day of My Life" on YouTube

"First Day of My Life" is a song by British singer-songwriter, Melanie C. It was released on 30 September 2005 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland as the third and final single from Melanie C's third solo album, Beautiful Intentions. Later it was released internationally and peaked at number-one in Germany, Portugal, Switzerland and Spain selling over 550,000 units and certified platinum in Germany, and gold in Switzerland and Austria. The song became the most successful Melanie C's single in Europe, spending two years in different European charts. To date, the single has sold over 1,5 million copies worldwide.


The song was written by Guy Chambers and Enrique Iglesias and had originally been recorded by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, with lyrics in Italian as "Un Nuovo Giorno" (A new day) for his 2004 eponymous album Andrea, and he also released it as a single the same year. The song was not from the original Beautiful Intentions release, but was included on a re-release in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and other European countries.

Music video[edit]

The video was shot on location in Hannover, Germany, on 26 August 2005 and features a number of recognizable local landmarks. For key scenes of the video, a busy downtown thoroughfare known to locals as the Raschplatzhochstraße or Raschplatz overpass (on which Melanie can be seen standing and singing in the video) was closed for the afternoon.

Chart performance[edit]

The song became one of the biggest hits in Europe in 2005, but it was never released in UK as a commercial single, though it was included as a B side on one of the two UK CDs of her single "Carolyna". The song also was nominated as "The Single of the Year" at the 2006 ECHO Awards in Germany, but lost to "Hung Up" by Madonna. On 15 September 2006 "First Day of My Life" went 'platinum' in Germany, selling over 400,000 copies.

After a huge success of this single in Europe, Melanie recorded this song in French (Je suis née pour toi — I Am Born For You), to promote the single and album for French market. "First Day of My Life" also appeared on Chisholm's fourth album This Time as a bonus track for the Italian release.

The song spent 76 weeks in the Switzerland singles chart, entering on 16 October 2005 at number 15 and exiting the charts on 13 May 2007 at number 87. It peaked at number 1 for two weeks from 13 to 20 November 2005.[1]

It became such a success in the German speaking countries due to its appearance as the title song of the German soap opera telenovela Wege zum Glück.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "First Day of My Life".

Live performances[edit]

Melanie C performed the song on the following concert tours:


Cover versions[edit]


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