If It Makes You Happy

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"If It Makes You Happy"
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Single by Sheryl Crow
from the album Sheryl Crow
B-side 'Keep On Growing', 'I'm Going to Be a Wheel Someday', 'On The Outside','The Book'
Released September 20, 1996
Format Maxi-single
Recorded 1996
Genre Rock
Length 5:23 (album version)
4:30 (edit)
Label A&M
Writer(s) Sheryl Crow
Jeff Trott
Producer(s) Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow singles chronology
"Can't Cry Anymore"
(1995)
"If It Makes You Happy"
(1996)
"Everyday Is a Winding Road"
(1996)

"If It Makes You Happy" is the lead single from Sheryl Crow's 1996 eponymous album. The song peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US. The track won Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the 1997 Grammy Awards. The song ties with her hit, "My Favorite Mistake", as her third highest-charting single in the UK, reaching number nine on the UK Singles Chart. It also peaked at No. 1 in Canada and was her second No. 1 hit on the Canadian Hot AC chart.

In the 2009 VH1 Divas show, Crow and Miley Cyrus performed this song together.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

Two music videos for the song were made; both were directed by Keir McFarlane.[citation needed]

The first was shot entirely in black-and-white. It begins with Crow in an apartment, donning a black raincoat. She then walks down a city street, rides a subway, is shown on a boardwalk, buys coffee at a mall and then returns to the apartment.

The second video was shot in color and features Crow in a variety of sexy outfits caged in the Endangered Species section of a museum.

Track listing[edit]

US CD single
  1. "If It Makes You Happy" – LP version
  2. "Keep On Growing"
  3. "I'm Going to Be a Wheel Someday"
  4. "No One Said It Would Be Easy" – Live in Nashville
EU CD single #1
  1. "If It Makes You Happy" – Edit
  2. "Keep On Growing"
  3. "On the Outside"
  4. "The Book" – LP version
EU CD single #2 (Cat. No. 581 903-2)
(ltd. edition incl. 4 exclusive postcards)
  1. "If It Makes You Happy" – Edit
  2. "All I Wanna Do"
  3. "Run Baby Run"
  4. "Leaving Las Vegas"

Crow performed the song on her live album Sheryl Crow and Friends: Live from Central Park (1999) alongside Chrissie Hynde.[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]