Thank You (Dido song)

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"Thank You"
U.S. 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
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Dido Armstrong
  • Rollo
Dido singles chronology
"Stan"
(2000)
"Thank You"
(2000)
"Hunter"
(2001)
European cover
Dido's "Thank You" from No Angel

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"Thank You" is a song written and performed by English singer-songwriter Dido. The song, released on her 1999 debut studio album, No Angel, made its first appearance in 1998, on the soundtrack of Sliding Doors, although it was not released as a single until late 2000. It was later featured on Dido's debut album, No Angel, becoming the album's biggest hit. The song's first verse is notably used as the chorus in the song "Stan" by Eminem.[1]

Song information[edit]

Dido wrote the song as a tribute to her boyfriend, entertainment lawyer Bob Page. They got engaged in 2001 but their split the following year inspired "White Flag," which features on Dido's second album Life for Rent, and is about their split. It remains Dido's biggest hit single in the US to date, and her only one to reach the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100.

The song is written in the key of B major 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.[2]

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.

Syke's "Dear Kuya"[edit]

Syke's single "Dear Kuya" samples the Thunderstorm Remix of the song for its chorus. Syke, who was formerly from the Ghetto Doggs, wrote this song & dissed Andrew E. on his anomalies.[3]

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.[4] 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."[5]

Chart performance[edit]

"Thank You" reached a peak position of #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in April 2001, becoming Dido's first and only top three single in the United States. In the United Kingdom, "Thank You" also reached a peak position of #3, becoming the singer's third top three single from No Angel in the United Kingdom. It was Dido's biggest single in the United Kingdom, until the release of "White Flag."

"Thank You" also performed very well in other mainstream markets. In New Zealand, the song debuted at number 47. The song later peaked at number three for three consecutive weeks. The song later re-entered at number 37, until falling at number 50, then re-entered at number 49.[6] The song was not released as single in Australia, but did receive significant radio airplay. The song debuted and peaked at number 17 in Norway, until falling at number 20.[7] The song debuted at number 68 in the Netherlands, and then it peaked at number 29, staying there for two consecutive weeks.[8] The song also reached number 16 in Switzerland and number 25 in Austria.

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

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 of 2001.

Another music video has Dido performing the song live at one of her concerts, audio is dubbed from the soundtrack.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK vinyl
  1. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Vocal Mix)
  2. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Dub Remix)
  • UK CD single
  1. "Thank You" (Album edit)
  2. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Vocal Mix)
  • US 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 and other samples[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.

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 2007, it was also voted number 57 in the BBC's list of Most Annoying Pop Songs We Hate to Love.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ SamplesDB - Dido's Tracks
  2. ^ Herman, Paul. "Dido "Thank You" Sheet Music in B Major (transposable) - Download & Print". Musicnotes.com. Retrieved 2016-05-01. 
  3. ^ Tobee. "Rapubliko". 
  4. ^ Jeff Burger. "No Angel". AllMusic. 
  5. ^ NME.COM. "NME Reviews - Dido : No Angel - NME.COM". NME.COM. 
  6. ^ New Zealand charts
  7. ^ Norwegian charts
  8. ^ Dutch Top 100 charts
  9. ^ "Dido - Thank You". Discogs. 
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Dido – Thank You" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Dido – Thank You" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Dido – Thank You" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  13. ^ "Lescharts.com – Dido – Thank You" (in French). Les classement single.
  14. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Dido – Thank You". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Dido search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  16. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Dido – Thank You". Top 40 Singles.
  17. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Dido – Thank You". VG-lista.
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Chart Top 100". 
  19. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Dido – Thank You" Canciones Top 50.
  20. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Dido – Thank You". Singles Top 100.
  21. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Dido – Thank You". Swiss Singles Chart.
  22. ^ UK Singles chart info at chartstats.com
  23. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs - Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard. 
  24. ^ "Dance Songs: Top Dance Music Chart - Billboard". Billboard. 
  25. ^ "Adult Contemporary Music Chart - Billboard". Billboard. 
  26. ^ "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