I Promised Myself

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"I Promised Myself"
I promised myself (Nick Kamen song) coverart.jpg
CD maxi - 1990
Single by Nick Kamen
from the album Move Until We Fly
Released 1990 (original version)
2004 (remix version)
Format CD single, CD maxi,
7" single, 12" maxi
Recorded 1990
Genre Eurodance
Length 3:55
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Nick Kamen
Producer(s) Mike Paxman, Paul Muggleton
Nick Kamen singles chronology
"Don't Hold Out"
"I Promised Myself"
"Oh How Happy"
Nick Kamen chronology
"We'll Never Lose What We Have Found"
"I Promised Myself"
Alternative cover
2004 version

"I Promised Myself" is a song written and originally performed by Nick Kamen. It was released as a single twice: first from his album Move Until We Fly in 1990, then as a remix in 2004. The original version achieved success in Austria and Sweden where it topped the charts. It was covered by 1980s band Dead or Alive, and in 2004, the song was covered by A-Teens. In 2009 the song was covered by eurodance artist Basshunter.

Nick Kamen original version[edit]

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi
  1. "I Promised Myself"
  2. "You Are"
  3. "Don't Hold Out"
  4. "Tell Me"
7" single
  1. "I Promised Myself" — 3:55
  2. "You Are" — 3:58
12" maxi
  1. "I Promised Myself" (extended version) — 5:40
  2. "I Promised Myself" — 3:55
  3. "You are" — 3:58

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Ding Dong" by Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung
Austrian number-one single
3 June 1990 – 8 July 1990 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Verdammt - ich lieb' dich" by Matthias Reim
Preceded by
"Om" by Niklas Strömstedt
Swedish number-one single
4 July 1990 – 15 August 1990 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"U Can't Touch This" by MC Hammer

A-Teens version[edit]

"I Promised Myself"
I Promised Myself (Ateens) coverart.jpg
Single by A-Teens
from the album Greatest Hits
Released 2004
Format CD single
Recorded 2004
Genre Pop, Europop, dance
Length 3:31 (Album Version)
3:27 (Radio Edit)
Label Universal Music Group
Writer(s) Nick Kamen
Producer(s) Grizzly, Tysper
A-Teens singles chronology
"Let Your Heart Do All the Talking"
"I Promised Myself"

A-Teens covered the song and released it as a single from their album Greatest Hits. The band's version of the track was produced by Grizzly and Tysper. It was one of three new songs the others being original. The song was the only new single on the album.

Track listing[edit]

European 2-Track CD single
  1. I Promised Myself [Radio Version] - 3:32
  2. I Promised Myself [Extended Version] - 4:44
European CD Maxi
  1. I Promised Myself [Radio Version] - 3:32
  2. I Promised Myself [Extended Version] - 4:44
  3. I Promised Myself [The Attic Radio Version] - 3:28
  4. I Promised Myself [The Attic Remix] - 5:55

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Gustav Jonhson and was filmed in Sweden and shows the band's members images inserted in scenes from past videos, so that they appear to be interacting with the teenagers they were before.

The video was a hit in both Sweden and Latin America reaching #1 on MTV Countdowns (MTV Top Ten Argentina) and it was the year's 23rd most played video on MTV South America and 34th in MTV Mexico. The song peaked at #1 on Tu Música (Argentina), #6 on Musica Total (Argentina), #7 on MTV Top Ten Mexico, and #12 on Much Music Top 20 Argentina.

Chart performance[edit]

It was released in April 2004 in Sweden (where it reached number-two) and in May 2005 around the globe. It reached number-one in Ukraine, Estonia, Chile, Colombia and Peru, number-six in Mexico and it reached fifty-three on the Official Eurochart.[citation needed]

Basshunter version[edit]

"I Promised Myself"
Single by Basshunter
from the album Bass Generation
Released 30 November 2009
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre Eurodance
Length 2:37 (Radio Edit)
Label Hard2Beat
Writer(s) Nick Kamen
Producer(s) Basshunter
Basshunter singles chronology
"Every Morning"
"I Promised Myself"

The Swedish dance act Basshunter covered the song on his second UK album (third studio album), Bass Generation. The single was released on 30 November 2009.

Music video[edit]

In the music video, Basshunter goes through all the trouble of finding Aylar Lie after receiving an unseen call from a friend telling him that they have found her and that he needs to get to the hospital. Whilst in the taxi to the hospital he looks out the window and then down at his phone in his hands that shows pictures of Aylar Lie and then recalls memories of them together, including those from "Angel in the Night" and "I Miss You". The taxi then gets stuck in traffic so Basshunter starts walking to the hospital. He then arrives at the hospital and asks where he can find Aylar and goes in search for her whilst remembering the last night he saw her in the "Every Morning" music video. He finds the room, opens the door but then finds her with her ex-boyfriend, Lucas, from the music videos "All I Ever Wanted" and "Now You're Gone". This video has left yet another cliffhanger in the story of Basshunter and his quest of getting the girl he wants forever.


Chart (2009) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 94

Other versions[edit]

  • In 2000, it was covered and released on the album Fragile, by Dead or Alive.
  • In 2007, it was covered and released as a single by José Galisteo.
  • In 2009, it was covered and released as a single by DJ Antoine, same year as BassHunter did, reaching #40 in Switzerland.
  • Other cover versions include John Davies and Alexandra


  1. ^ a b c d e "I Promised Myself", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved 1 March 2008)
  2. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1990" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  3. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 10 August 2008)
  4. ^ "I Promised Myself 2004", Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved 1 March 2008)
  5. ^ 1990 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at (Retrieved 15 May 2008)
  6. ^ 1990 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch Archived 1 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved 15 May 2008)
  7. ^ Austrian certifications ifpi.at Archived 1 February 2010 at WebCite (Retrieved 10 August 2008)
  8. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('I+Promised+Myself')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 10 August 2008. 
  9. ^ Swedish certifications Ifpi.se (Retrieved 11 September 2008)
  10. ^ "Basshunter: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.

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