That's How You Know

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"That's How You Know"
Song by Amy Adams from the album Enchanted
Released November 20, 2007
Genre Popular music, pop, calypso
Length 3:49
Label Walt Disney
Writer Alan Menken (music)
Stephen Schwartz (lyrics)
Producer Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz, Robbie Buchanan
Enchanted track listing
"Happy Working Song"
"That's How You Know"
"So Close"

"That's How You Know" is a musical number from the 2007 Disney film Enchanted, with music composed by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. It is performed by the film's lead actress, Amy Adams, and features the vocals of Marlon Saunders and other singers in the background chorus. The song appears on the soundtrack of Enchanted, which was released on November 20, 2007 in the United States.

Like the film, the song was written as an homage to and a self-parody of past Disney works, specifically such big production numbers as "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid and "Be Our Guest" from Beauty and the Beast, both of which, not so coincidentally, also had music by Alan Menken.[1]

The song was nominated for Best Song at the 13th Critics' Choice Awards, Best Original Song at the 65th Golden Globe Awards, and at the 80th Academy Awards in the Best Original Song category, in which two other songs from the film were also nominated. It was also nominated at the 51st Grammy Awards in the category of Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.


In the film, the song is performed by Giselle. During their walk through Central Park, Giselle questions Robert's (Patrick Dempsey) view on love after finding out that he has been with his girlfriend, Nancy (Idina Menzel), for five years and has yet to propose to her. She spontaneously starts to sing in order to explain to him how he should show his affection for Nancy. As Giselle sings and dances through the park, she is joined by other people in the park including buskers, a steelband, elderly dancers, Bavarian dancers, and rollerbladers. They follow her to Bethesda Fountain, where they finish the song. In addition to the aformentioned Disney numbers, That's How You Know is played out like big numbers from other musical films such as Thank You Very Much from Scrooge and Consider Yourself from Oliver! (the latter also featuring dances from various people including butchers and fishmongers before ending in a flashmob).

Chart Performance[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[2] 3
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[3] 99


Kristin Chenoweth version[edit]

Although the song is sung by Amy Adams in the film, Tony award-winning actress/singer Kristin Chenoweth, who co-starred in the Broadway musical Wicked with Idina Menzel ("Nancy Tremaine" in Enchanted), performed an abbreviated version (the second verse and refrain following that were omitted) at the 80th Academy Awards ceremony with Saunders and the dancers from the film at the ceremony.[4] Adams had performed earlier in the broadcast, singing "Happy Working Song" solo.

Demi Lovato version[edit]

"That's How You Know"
"That's How You Know" cover
Promotional single by Demi Lovato from the album DisneyMania 6
Released May 20, 2008 (2008-05-20)[5]
Format Digital download, airplay
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:12
Label Walt Disney

The song was covered by Demi Lovato on DisneyMania 6.[6] The song was released on May 20, 2008 as promotional single.[5]

Background and release[edit]

Lovato's version deviates heavily from the original, having a very different chord progression in the background, eliminating all traces of the calypso influence, and relying heavily on electric guitars and drums. It was her first and final single on the Disney compilation album Princess DisneyMania. It was released to digital download as promotional single on May 20, 2008.[5]

Track listings[edit]

  • Digital download
  1. "That's How You Know" - 3:12 (Album Version) and 3:06 (Radio Edit)

Dannii Minogue version[edit]

Dannii Minogue covered the song for the Australian We Love Disney album, released in 2014.


  1. ^ Buckley, Michael (2007-11-18). "STAGE TO SCREENS: Menken & Schwartz Are "Enchanted"; Plus Bosco, Chenoweth, "Hairspray"". Playbill. Retrieved 2008-02-09. 
  2. ^ "Amy Adams Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Amy Adams. Retrieved 2008-4-12.
  3. ^ "Amy Adams Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Amy Adams. Retrieved April 4, 2008.
  4. ^ "Oscar presenters and performers announced". The Hollywood Reporter. 2008-02-15. Retrieved 2008-02-15. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b c "Demi Lovato: Singles, promos and EPs". Rate Your Music (in Japanese). Apple, Inc. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ Disneymania, Vol. 6: Various Artists: Music

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