How You Remind Me

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"How You Remind Me"
Nickelback - How You Remind Me - CD cover.jpg
Single by Nickelback
from the album Silver Side Up
B-side "Little Friend"
Released August 21, 2001 (2001-08-21)
Recorded June 2001 at Greenhouse Studios, Burnaby, British Columbia
Genre Post-grunge[1]
Length 3:43
Label Roadrunner
Nickelback singles chronology
"Worthy to Say"
"How You Remind Me"
"Too Bad"
Music video
"How You Remind Me" on YouTube

"How You Remind Me" is a song by Canadian rock band Nickelback. It was released on August 21, 2001 as the lead single from their third studio album Silver Side Up (2001). A "Gold Mix" was made for latter editions of the single with the heavier guitars edited out of the chorus. Lead vocalist and guitarist Chad Kroeger wrote the song about his old girlfriend Jodi, with whom he had a dysfunctional relationship.[2] He referred to this song as the song that put Nickelback on the map when played at their concert in Sturgis, South Dakota, and is often considered to be their signature song.

"How You Remind Me" was named the number one most played song on U.S. radio of the 2000s decade by Nielsen Soundscan, being spun over 1.2 million times on U.S. airwaves since its release in 2001 to the end of 2009.[3] The song was named fourth on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade and 75th in the UK decade-end chart.[4] It was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single. "How You Remind Me" was also rated the number one rock song and number 4 alternative song of the decade of the 2000s by Billboard. The song was featured in the music video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. The song played a large role in a Saturday Night Live skit on March 10, 2018 with Sterling K. Brown in which the lyrics are a dying woman's final words.[5]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "How You Remind Me" was directed by the Brothers Strause, and featured Nickelback playing a small venue with focus on a female audience member. Chad Kroeger admitted to disliking the idea of a small venue performance at first, opting for a bigger scale arena concert; however, he found the outcome of the video satisfying.

In the video, Kroeger plays a man whose girlfriend (played by model Annie Henley) has left him and is still haunted by her memory. He still feels strongly for her, and sees her everywhere he goes. Whenever he imagines her touch, he feels a warm memory, indicated by the change in lighting in the video. As the music video progresses, he starts to get over her. At the end, she shows up and apparently asks him to forgive her. This is what he thought he had wanted all along, but suddenly he realizes that it isn't really what he wanted, and pushes her away. She is left with a broken heart and haunted by memories, as he had been at the beginning of the video.

Another version of the video exists, and has been played on some UK and Australian music channels. The video simply features the footage of the band playing from the main video, added to footage of the band's live performances and tour movies.

Chart performances and awards[edit]

Due to its high sales and massive airplay, "How You Remind Me" was ranked as the top single of 2002 by Billboard magazine. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA in 2005, for sales of over 500,000 copies, and by late 2010 it had sold around 860,000 copies total.[6] The song went on to rack up four Billboard Music Awards, four Juno Awards. "How You Remind Me" was the number one Most Played Song of 2002 in the United States, across all formats, according to Billboard Monitor. In 2003, the song was nominated for Grammy Award for Record of the Year. "How You Remind Me" was the number one song on the Billboard's 2002 Year-End Hot 100 Singles Chart, and VH1 ranked the song as the 16th Greatest Power Ballad.[7]

The song was listed at number 36 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.[8] The song also hit number one on the Kerrang! feature, 21st Century's Official 100 Rock Best Sellers. The song was the 75th best-selling single of the 2000s in the UK.[9] In Germany, it's not just the band's best-charting single by reaching number 3 on the German Singles Chart, it's also Nickelback's longest-staying single on that chart, namely a total of 30 weeks.[10] In 2011, Fuse TV named it the number one song of the decade. It was listed as number 9 at the Billboard Hot 100 top 100 Rock Songs of the last 50 years. Loudwire listed the song as number 30 on its list "Top 21st Century Hard Rock Songs".[11]

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "How You Remind Me" (Album version) — 3:45
  2. "How You Remind Me" (Acoustic) — 3:39
  3. "Little Friend" — 3:48
CD maxi
  1. "How You Remind Me" (Gold Mix) — 3:45
  2. "How You Remind Me" (LP Version) — 3:30
  3. "Little Friend" — 3:48
  4. "How You Remind Me" (Video)

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
United States August 21, 2001 (2001-08-21)
United Kingdom March 25, 2002 (2002-03-25)



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[46] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[47] Gold 20,000*
Belgium (BEA)[48] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[49] Gold 250,000*
Germany (BVMI)[50] Gold 250,000^
Italy (FIMI)[51] Gold 25,000double-dagger
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[52] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[53] Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[54] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Avril Lavigne version[edit]

"How You Remind Me"
How You Remind Me Avril.png
2-track CD edition cover
Promotional single by Avril Lavigne
from the album One Piece Film: Z and Avril Lavigne
A-side "Bad Reputation"
Released 12 December 2012
Recorded 2012
Length 4:05

"How You Remind Me" was recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne for the anime film One Piece Film: Z. It was reported on 17 October 2012 that Lavigne would be contributing two cover songs to the film: the latter track and a cover of Joan Jett's "Bad Reputation".[55] Lavigne later confirmed the new recording on 5 November 2012.[56] It was released on 11 December 2012 as a digital download from the One Piece Film: Z Original Soundtrack.[57] The 2-track promotional CD single was released on the next day, exclusive to Japan.[58]

The song was re-released on 19 December 2013 by iTunes Stores as a digital download promotional single for her self-titled fifth album.[59] Later, it was included in the Japan, Taiwan and China Tour Edition of the album as one of the bonus tracks.[60]


Lavigne was in the studio with Kroeger working on her fifth studio album when she was asked to contribute a song to the film, but didn't have time to write another song during the studio sessions they had left. Kroeger later explained that it was Lavigne's idea to cover the song, stating:

"Avril jokingly suggested to cover a Nickelback song, but then we both figured it'd actually be a good idea to do "How You Remind Me". We recorded a version more similar to the original, but we both were not happy with it, thinking it needs its own spin. Avril then rearranged the song and we all liked it."

An audio-only video was put on Lavigne's official Vevo on 8 January 2013.[61]

Track listing[edit]

CD single[58]
  1. "How You Remind Me" – 4:05
  2. "Bad Reputation" – 2:42
Digital download[59]
  1. "How You Remind Me" – 4:05

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Japan December 12, 2012 (2012-12-12) CD Sony Japan [58]
United States December 19, 2013 (2013-12-19) Digital download Epic [59]
Canada [62]


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