Thank You (Dido song)

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"Thank You"
Dido Thank You US Cover.jpeg
US cover
Single by Dido
from the album No Angel
Released 12 December 2000
Format CD single
Recorded 1998; The Church Studios
(London, England)
Genre
Length 3:44
Label Arista
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Dido
  • Rollo
Dido singles chronology
"Stan"
(2000)
"Thank You"
(2000)
"Hunter"
(2001)
"Stan"
(2000)
"Thank You"
(2000)
"Hunter"
(2001)
European cover
European cover

"Thank You" is a song written and performed by English singer-songwriter Dido. The song made its first appearance in 1998, on the soundtrack of the movie Sliding Doors. It was later included on Dido's 1999 debut album No Angel, becoming the album's biggest hit.

Entering the Billboard Hot 100 at #80 in January 2001,[1] "Thank You" peaked at #3 in April 2001.[2] It held that spot for 3 weeks,[3] [4] and became Dido's first and only top three single in the United States. In the United Kingdom, "Thank You" also reached #3, becoming the singer's third top three single from No Angel in the United Kingdom. Additionally, the song reached #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary,[5] Adult Pop Songs,[6] and Hot Dance Club Songs[7] charts.

Since becoming her biggest hit in multiple countries, the song has often been recognised as Dido's signature song.

Song information[edit]

Dido wrote the song about her boyfriend, entertainment lawyer Bob Page. They were engaged in 2001. It remains Dido's biggest hit single in the United States to date, and her only one to reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

The song is written in the key of G# minor with a tempo of 80 beats per minute in common time. It follows a chord progression of Gm – Emaj7 – F – B – F/A, and Dido's vocals span from F3 to B4 in the song.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

"Thank You" received critical acclaim from music critics, who thought the ballad was very "touching and soft" and an instant standout to the album. Jeff Burger from AllMusic had highlighted "Thank You" as an album standout.[9] Christian Ward from NME had said "'Thank You,' which, far from conjuring up images of lunatic fan-worship, is more reminiscent of The Corrs. Now that really is sick."[10]

Music video[edit]

Dido recorded a music video for "Thank You". In the video, Dido has not paid her bills, and the government comes to tear down her house. The construction workers put an eviction notice on her door and move her things out. Dido, who seems oblivious to the fact that her house has been barricaded, is seen simply singing the song.

In the end, she is escorted out of her home and is forced to walk the streets with a backpack and suitcases. During the first chorus of the song, Dido has a cup of tea whilst moving, and demolishing all the stuff outside her house into the van.

The end of the video implies that her house is being torn down for redevelopment. (Her home is sandwiched between two large skyscrapers.) The video was directed by Dave Meyers, and was released in January 2001. VEVO released an acoustic version of the song in December 2012, and a live concert version was released in August 2016.[11]

Track listing[edit]

  • United Kingdom vinyl
  1. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Vocal Mix)
  2. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Dub Remix)
  • United Kingdom CD single
  1. "Thank You" (Album edit)
  2. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Vocal Mix)
  • United States maxi CD single
  1. "Thank You" (Album edit)
  2. "Thank You" (Skinny Remix)
  3. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Vocal Mix)
  4. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Dub Remix)
  • European CD single
  1. "Thank You" (Album edit)
  2. "Thank You" (Skinny Remix)
  3. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Vocal Mix)
  4. "Thank You" (Music Video)

Charts[edit]

Cover versions, remixes, and samples[edit]

Eminem's "Stan"[edit]

Eminem's critically acclaimed single "Stan" samples the first verse of the song for its chorus. Dido herself appears in the music video for "Stan" and has made appearances on Eminem's tours to perform the song. When Eminem performed "Stan" live at the 2001 Grammy Awards, Elton John sang the Dido sample as he played keyboard during the performance.

Deep Dish version[edit]

The house duo Deep Dish remixed the song. It won a Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording in 2002.

Other notable versions[edit]

  • In 1999, long before the song became a hit, Mexican group Flans recorded a Spanish version entitled "Gracias". It was released as the third single from the album Hadas.
  • In 2006, Snoop Dogg also sampled the beat of "Thank You" on his song "Round Here" from his 2006 album, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment. The song was produced by Dr. Dre.
  • In 2008, West Coast rapper The Game's song "My Life" samples the piano melody of "Thank You". This song was produced by Cool & Dre.
  • Canadian rapper Madchild sang new lyrics to the melody of "Thank You" for part of the song "Dickhead" from his 2012 album Dope Sick.
  • In 2016, Rihanna sampled "Thank You" on her song "Never Ending" from her eighth album Anti.

Legacy[edit]

In an interview on BBC Radio 3 in 2005 Katharine Worsley, Duchess of Kent, who, after relinquishing royal duties, worked as a classical music teacher, chose "Thank You" as one of her favourite pieces.

In April 2007, it was also voted #57 in the BBC's list of Most Annoying Pop Songs We Hate to Love.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/2001-01-13
  2. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/2001-04-28
  3. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/2001-05-12
  4. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/2001-05-19
  5. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/2001-06-16
  6. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/adult-pop-songs/2001-03-24
  7. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/2001-09-01/dance-club-play-songs
  8. ^ Herman, Paul. "Dido "Thank You" Sheet Music in B Major (transposable) - Download & Print". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved 2016-05-01. 
  9. ^ Jeff Burger. "No Angel". AllMusic. 
  10. ^ NME.COM. "NME Reviews - Dido : No Angel - NME.COM". NME.COM. 
  11. ^ DidoVEVO
  12. ^ "Dido - Thank You". Discogs. 
  13. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Dido – Thank You" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Dido – Thank You" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Dido – Thank You" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  16. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – Dido – Thank You" (in French). Les classement single.
  18. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Dido – Thank You". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  19. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Dido search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  20. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Dido – Thank You". Top 40 Singles.
  21. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Dido – Thank You". VG-lista.
  22. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Chart Top 100". 
  23. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Dido – Thank You" Canciones Top 50.
  24. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Dido – Thank You". Singles Top 100.
  25. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Dido – Thank You". Swiss Singles Chart.
  26. ^ UK Singles chart info at chartstats.com
  27. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs - Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. 
  28. ^ "Pop Songs: Pop Songs Chart - Billboard". Billboard. 
  29. ^ "Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart - Billboard". Billboard. 
  30. ^ "Adult Pop Songs - Billboard". Billboard. 
  31. ^ "Adult Contemporary Music Chart - Billboard". Billboard. 
  32. ^ "BBC's "The 100 Most Annoying Pop Songs We Hate to Love"". Listology. 1 April 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2016. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack & Sons of the Desert
"There You'll Be" by Faith Hill
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
June 16, 2001 (first run)
June 30, 2001 (second run)
July 14, 2001 (third run)
September 1, 2001 (fourth run)
Succeeded by
"I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack & Sons of the Desert
"There You'll Be" by Faith Hill
Preceded by
"You Set Me Free" by Abigail
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
September 1, 2001
Succeeded by
"I Feel Loved" by Depeche Mode