Not Pretty Enough

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"Not Pretty Enough"
Single by Kasey Chambers
from the album Barricades & Brickwalls
B-side "These Days"
"Tear Stained Eyes"
"Too Long in the Wasteland"
Released 14 January 2002 (Australia)
Format CD single
Recorded 2001
Genre Country pop
Length 3:20
Label EMI
Writer(s) Kasey Chambers
Producer(s) Nash Chambers
Kasey Chambers singles chronology
"On a Bad Day"
"Not Pretty Enough"
"Million Tears"

"Not Pretty Enough" is a country song written by Kasey Chambers, produced by Nash Chambers for Chambers's second album Barricades & Brickwalls. It was released as the album's third single in the start of 2002 (see 2002 in music) in Australia as a CD single. It was a No. 1 hit in Australia the same year.

The song was written by Chambers as a commentary on the reluctance of commercial radio stations towards playing her music, despite her being an established performer.[1] Ironically, the single prompted Chambers' commercial breakthrough, and was the song most added to radio station playlists in 2004.[1]

In popular culture[edit]

In 2002, the song was used in the original un-aired pilot for Birds of Prey (TV series). It was replaced by the Oasis song Stop Crying Your Heart Out in the re-worked pilot that eventually aired.

In 2010, the song was used in the Australian horror film The Loved Ones to ironic effect as the sweet-sounding song is juxtaposed against the brutal, gore-filled violence. The song relates to the film's lead character, an unpopular girl who wonders why boys don't like her and who subsequently takes out her revenge on the object of her affection.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Not Pretty Enough (written by Kasey Chambers)" 03:23
2. "These Days (written by Powderfinger)" 05:16
3. "Tear Stained Eyes (written by Jay Farrar)" 04:08
4. "Too Long in the Wasteland (written by James McMurtry)" 04:44


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[2] 1
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[3] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

(2002) Position
ARIA Singles Chart[4] 7
Preceded by
"Whenever, Wherever" by Shakira
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
17 March 2002 – 7 April 2002
Succeeded by
"Hey Baby (Uuh, Aah)" by DJ Ötzi

Other appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b Griffin-Foley, Bridget (2006). "Radio". In Turner, G.; Cunningham, S. The Media and Communications. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. p. 145. 
  2. ^ "Australian chart position". australian-charts. Retrieved 13 January 2007. 
  3. ^ "New Zealand chart position". Retrieved 13 January 2007. 
  4. ^

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