Like a Star

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Not to be confused with She's Like a Star.
"Like a Star"
UK CD single cover
Single by Corinne Bailey Rae
from the album Corinne Bailey Rae
B-side "Enchantment", "Choux Pastry Heart"
Released 7 November 2005
Format CD single, 7" single
Recorded 2005
Length 4:03
Label EMI
Writer(s) Corinne Bailey Rae
Producer(s) Steve Chrisanthou
Corinne Bailey Rae singles chronology
"Like a Star"
"Put Your Records On"
Alternative cover
UK 7" single cover
"Like a Star"
UK CD 1 cover
Single by Corinne Bailey Rae
from the album Corinne Bailey Rae
Released 9 October 2006
Format CD single, 7" single, digital download
Corinne Bailey Rae singles chronology
"Trouble Sleeping"
"Like a Star"
"I'd Like To"
Alternative covers
UK CD 2 cover
7" single cover

"Like a Star" is a song by English soul singer–songwriter Corinne Bailey Rae from her self-titled debut album, Corinne Bailey Rae (2006). Released in November 2005 as her debut single and re-released in October 2006, the song was nominated for the 2008 Grammy Award for Song of the Year. It remains Bailey Rae's biggest hit single in the USA to date, and her only one to reach the Top 60 of the Billboard Hot 100.

The song was included on the international soundtrack of the Brazilian soap opera Sete Pecados.

The song was performed by The Voice UK contestant Becky Hill in the second Semi-Final and a studio version was recorded for 'The Voice UK, The Final 8 - The Album'.

Original release[edit]

"Like a Star" was originally released in the United Kingdom on 7 November 2005 in a limited-edition format; only 3000 copies were made, becoming much sought-after item by Rae fans. It was sent out to test the water ahead of a proper release, and after Rae gave a critically acclaimed performance of the song on Later... with Jools Holland, it instantly sold out. The single's music video was directed by James Griffiths.

Written entirely by Rae herself and produced by Steve Chrisanthou, "Like a Star" won much critical praise and was championed by Radio 1 DJs Colin and Edith. The rich soulfulness of the vocals and the laid-back smooth production introduced the world to Rae.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD single
  1. "Like a Star"
  2. "Enchantment"
  3. "Choux Pastry Heart"
UK 7" single
  1. "Like a Star"
  2. "Enchantment"


Chart Peak
European Hot 100 Singles[1] 99
Hungarian Airplay Chart[2] 24
South Korea International Singles (Gaon)[3] 60
UK Singles Chart[4] 34


"Like a Star" was re-released in the UK on 9 October 2006 due to the popularity of the song. A new music video, directed by Sam Brown, was shot for the reissue and the single peaked at number 32, two places above where it originally reached in November 2005. The single was released in the United States in January 2007 and debuted at number 56 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Rae performed this song and "Trouble Sleeping" on NBC's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip on 27 November 2006. It was used in the ABC television shows Grey's Anatomy and Men in Trees, as well as in an episode of Medium on NBC and CSI: NY on CBS. The song also appeared at the end of the 2007 film Nancy Drew and the 2008 film "27 Dresses". Rae performed "Like a Star" at the 49th Grammy Awards on 11 February 2007 and it received a nomination for Song of the Year at the 50th Grammy Awards the following year.

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Like a Star"
  2. "Emaraldine"
  1. "Like a Star"
  2. "Emaraldine"
  3. "Enchantment" (Amp Fiddler Remix)
  4. "Daydreaming" (Aretha Franklin cover)
  5. "Like a Star" (re-release video)
UK 7" single
  1. "Like a Star"
  2. "Enchantment" (Amp Fiddler Remix)
  1. "Like a Star" (Acoustic)
  2. "Like a Star" (Instrumental)


Chart (2006) Peak
Dutch Single Top 100[5] 100
European Hot 100 Singles[6] 96
UK Singles Chart[4] 32
Chart (2007) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 56
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[7] 59
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs 33
US Billboard Jazz Songs[8] 30

Sales and certifications[edit]

Country Certification Sales
United States 327,000[9]


  • Written by Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Produced and recorded by Steve Chrisanthou
  • All vocals performed by Corinne Bailey Rae
  • All instruments played by Corinne Bailey Rae (except organ, performed by Steve Chrisanthou and the strings, played by The London Session Orchestra)
  • Orchestra conducted by Wil Malone
  • Published by Global Talent Publishing
  • Recorded at The Idle Studio


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