No Surprise (Daughtry song)

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"No Surprise"
Single by Daughtry
from the album Leave This Town
B-side "Back Again"
Released May 5, 2009
Format CD, digital
Recorded September 2008–March 2009 in Los Angeles, California
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 4:29 (album version)
4:00 (radio edit)
4:10 (radio edit #2)
Label RCA
Writer(s) Chris Daughtry, Chad Kroeger, Eric Dill, Rune Westberg
Daughtry singles chronology
"What About Now"
"No Surprise"
"Life After You"

"No Surprise" is the first single from Daughtry's second album Leave This Town. The band first performed the song live on American Idol on Wednesday, May 6, 2009.[1] Chris Daughtry wrote this song with Chad Kroeger from Nickelback, along with Eric Dill[2][3] and Rune Westberg.[4]

There are three versions of the song, with two radio edits, although many Adult Contemporary stations play the album version regularly. Another version from Eric Dill was also released with different lyrics but the same chorus.


Critical reception[edit]

Bill Lamb from was positive in his review on the song giving it four out of five stars, Lamb says, "No Surprise" is possibly stronger than any of the singles off their four million selling debut album.[5]


The band began streaming "No Surprise", on their official website, on the evening of May 6, 2009.[6] The song was made available on iTunes May 5, and was officially sent for adds at Mainstream Top 40 radio on May 26, 2009.

The album version features an extra verse towards the end, "The kiss goodnight, it comes with me/Both wrong and right, our memories/The whispering before we sleep/Just one more thing that you can't keep".

Chart performance[edit]

"No Surprise" debuted at number fifteen on the Billboard Hot 100 the chart week of May 23, 2009. It is the band's highest debut to date on the chart, fueled by strong first week digital sales of 106,000.[7] It is also the band's fifth top twenty hit on the Hot 100, and their highest charting song since "Home". In addition, it debuted at number 39 on the Adult Top 40 chart with less than a week of airplay. For the week of August 27, the song hit number-one, becoming the band's fourth number-one single on the Adult Top 40. Only Nickelback has more number ones with five.[8]

On the Canadian Hot 100, "No Surprise" debuted at number thirteen, also making it their fifth top twenty hit there. In the Oceania, it has reached number 24 in New Zealand and number 34 in Australia.


Chart (2009) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 34[9]
Canadian Hot 100 13[10]
New Zealand Singles Chart 22[11]
Swedish Singles Chart 35[12]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 15[13]
U.S. Billboard Pop Songs 9[14]
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 4[15]
U.S. Billboard Adult Pop Songs 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Charts (2009) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[16] 63


United States: 1,201,000[17]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Nathan Cox and is about a couple who live together but are struggling to make ends meet. It begins with the man trying to sign up for a mining job, but fails after the foreman tells him there are no work positions available. Meanwhile the girl works at a diner and is being put off by her irritable boss. Later, she accidentally spills soda on a female customer after being bumped into by another man. The boss yells at her and she storms out, throwing her apron on the ground.

The next camera shot is at the couple's home as their neighbor is leaving for a musical gig. Both argue about their foreclosure of their home. The final segment begins the next morning when the man wakes up and leaves. The girl wakes up and is unable to find him. The video concludes with the girl looking around town (alternating shots between the band and her running through town and bumping into a guy) then, finally, sitting down on the ground, leaning against a big rock wondering what will happen next and the camera pans out and the viewer can see that the couple are sitting on opposite sides of the large boulder, while in the video Chris and his band performs at the mining area.


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