One Day Like This (song)

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"One Day Like This"
Single by Elbow
from the album The Seldom Seen Kid
Released2 June 2008
FormatCD single, 7" vinyl, digital download
GenreArt rock, symphonic rock, baroque pop
Length6:34 (album version)
3:45 (radio edit)
Songwriter(s)Guy Garvey, Elbow
Producer(s)Craig Potter, Elbow
Elbow singles chronology
"Grounds for Divorce"
"One Day Like This"
"The Bones of You"

"One Day Like This" is the second single from Elbow's fourth studio album The Seldom Seen Kid, released on 2 June 2008[1] on two 7" vinyl records and one CD single.

On 21 May 2009, the song won the Ivor Novello award for Best Song. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 41 on its list of "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[2] After the 2012 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremony, the single peaked at #4 in the UK - a new high for the song and for the band.

The chorus line lyric "one day like this a year would see me right" had been in singer Guy Garvey's diary for several years before the song was written. Speaking in 2014 about the song Garvey said, "We put the chords behind it and realised it was going to be the hook of all hooks. I was like, 'what do we think?'... It was, 'it's kind of similar to "Hey Jude", isn't it?' I was like, 'yeah, and it's also similar to "Loaded" by Primal Scream, and we like both those songs, don't we?' So isn't it just generous to do that, isn't it a satisfying thing for the listener?... And my God, how it changed our fortunes."[3]

Chart performance[edit]

"One Day Like This" debuted at number 39 in the UK Singles Chart on 8 June 2008, marking Elbow's seventh UK Top 40 single. After 14 weeks, the single finally peaked at number 35 on 14 September 2008. Due to the band's increasing popularity in the UK after winning their 2009 BRIT Award for Best British band "One Day Like This" spent more weeks in the UK Top 75 than any of Elbow's other singles with 31 weeks in five runs by the end of 2014,[4] peaking at number 4 in August 2012 following their appearance at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics. In December 2013, it was certified Platinum in the UK by the BPI.

Music video[edit]

The promotional video for the song features a man (David Lemke, an employee at the time of guerilla marketing franchise AArrow Advertising[5][6]) at a busy road junction, holding a red sign in the shape of a pointing arrow, containing the words "Condos - Now Selling". As he stands at the junction, he turns the sign around many times, pointing it in all directions, including flipping it in the air and spinning it on his head, whilst the motorists, pedestrians and skateboarders pass by.

Track listing[edit]

CD single
1."One Day Like This"6:33
7" vinyl #1
1."One Day Like This"6:34
2."Every Bit the Little Girl"4:32
7" vinyl #2
1."One Day Like This"6:34
2."Li'l Pissed Charmin' Tune"3:44

Cover versions[edit]

Snow Patrol covered "One Day Like This" on Jo Whiley's "Live Lounge on Tour", and was released as a limited edition b-side of "Crack the Shutters".[7][8]

An excerpt from the song is included in The Official BBC Children in Need Medley, a charity single performed by The Peter Kay Animated All Stars, released on 21 November 2009. The excerpt segues from Hey Jude - a similarity pointed out by Garvey.[3]

Sarah Brightman version[edit]

"One Day Like This"
One day like this singlecover.jpg
Single by Sarah Brightman
from the album Dreamchaser
Released15 April 2013
FormatDigital download
Songwriter(s)Guy Garvey, Elbow
Producer(s)Mike Hedges, Sally Herbert
Sarah Brightman singles chronology
"One Day Like This"
"Sogni (feat. Vincent Niclo)"

"One Day Like This" was the second single from Sarah Brightman's eleventh studio album, Dreamchaser, released on 15 April (16 January in Japan), 2013, and produced by Mike Hedges and Sally Herbert.[9][10]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
1."One Day Like This"5:57
2."One Day Like This" (Radio Edit)3:45

Music video focusing on her[edit]

This music video starts with Sarah in her purple kimono setting her own tea for breakfast. She then dresses herself up in black and gold and has her hair tied in an updo and she puts on her space helmet for the rest.


  • Producer – Mike Hedges, Sally Herbert
  • Words By – Guy Garvey
  • Written By – Elbow


  1. ^ "One Day Like This: Elbow: Music".
  2. ^ "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years". NME. 16 July 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  3. ^ a b de Lisle, Tim (January–February 2014). "Rock and Real". Intelligent Life. London, England: The Economist Newspaper Limited. pp. 78–87.
  4. ^ "Elbow". Official Charts Company.
  5. ^ Reed, Audrey E. (2 August 2006). "A new spin on advertising". San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Aarrow sign spinner Elbows One Day music video". AArrow[dead link]
  7. ^ "Snow Patrol - Live Lounge Tour 2008". BBC Radio 1. Archived from the original on 31 October 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2009.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  8. ^ Eskimos, The (15 December 2008). "Crack the Shutters out now!". Snow Retrieved 3 November 2009.
  9. ^ The Unit. "Discography". Sarah Brightman. Retrieved 24 July 2013.
  10. ^ "One Day Like This". iTunes.

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