Just Like You (Three Days Grace song)

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"Just Like You"
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Single by Three Days Grace
from the album Three Days Grace
B-side"Let You Down"
ReleasedApril 22, 2004 (2004-04-22)
GenreNu metal[1]
Producer(s)Gavin Brown
Three Days Grace singles chronology
"I Hate Everything About You"
"Just Like You"

"Just Like You" is a single by Canadian rock band Three Days Grace. It was the second single from their eponymous debut album. In 2004, the song became their first number one hit on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[2] and Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[3] charts. Despite peaking at number one on both charts, it still did not capture the popularity and pop radio success of their prior single, "I Hate Everything About You" which had peaked number two and number four, respectively, but overall having more airplay on mainstream rock, active rock and modern rock radio stations than "Just Like You". However, both songs peaked at the same position (number 55) on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart.

Background and meaning[edit]

Adam Gontier reflected on the meaning behind the song; he said:

"It's about being told how to live your life. When we were growing up, we saw it sort of first hand. A lot of our friends were pushed into doing jobs their parents were telling them to do. It's about being pushed around and told how to live your life and standing up for yourself."[4]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Just Like You" features the band playing behind a two-way mirror. The opposite side of the mirror shows dozens of motionless people standing in straight lines while security guards and distinguished superiors look over them. The band appears to be wearing identical jumpsuits and conforming along with the rest of the individuals on their side of the mirror, while the band is actually performing wildly behind the mirror. One of the men in line notices a glitch in the mirror and begins to bob his head. He stops after the chief guard is given approval by one of the distinguished superiors to keep order. As the song comes closer to the end, the glass shatters against the guards and the men and women throw off their masks. The scene quickly begins to mimic that of a rave, the scene now resembling that of a typical rock concert. The video ends just as it began, with everyone in the room lined up wearing jumpsuits and masks, as if nothing had ever happened, possibly signifying the futility of rebellious endeavors. It's the first music video to feature Barry Stock performing with the band.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Three Days Grace and Gavin Brown, except "Let You Down" written by Three Days Grace, Gavin Brown and Matt Walst.

U.S. promo single
1."Just Like You"3:06
UK promo single
1."Just Like You"3:10
CD single
1."Just Like You"3:06
2."Let You Down"3:44
3."I Hate Everything About You" (acoustic version)3:42


Chart (2004) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 55
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[2] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[3] 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000[6]

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States[8] April 22, 2004 Mainstream radio Jive
Australia[9] July 19, 2004 CD single
United Kingdom[10] October 5, 2004


  1. ^ "Top Ten Nu-Metal Bands – Staff Top 10". stylusmagazine.com. Retrieved September 9, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Three Days Grace Album & Song Chart History - Alternative Songs". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Three Days Grace - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  4. ^ Montes, Michael (2004). "Interview with Adam Gontier of Three Days Grace". Florida Entertainment Scene. Archived from the original on January 16, 2009. Retrieved November 19, 2008.
  5. ^ "Three Days Grace Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  6. ^ "American certifications – Three Days Grace". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  7. ^ "American single certifications – Three Days Grace – Just Like You". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  8. ^ "Available for Airplay Archive: 2004 – March". FMQB. Archived from the original on April 24, 2013. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  9. ^ "Just Like You". Click2Music.com.au. Archived from the original on January 12, 2005. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
  10. ^ "Just Like You Single, Maxi". Amazon.com. Retrieved December 15, 2016.

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