Turn Off the Light

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This article is about the Nelly Furtado song. For the Teddy Pendergrass song, see Turn Off the Lights. For the browser extension, see Turn Off the Lights (extension).
"Turn Off the Light"
Nelly Furtado - Turn off the Light.jpg
Single by Nelly Furtado
from the album Whoa, Nelly!
Released 14 August 2001 (2001-08-14)
Length 4:36
Writer(s) Nelly Furtado
Nelly Furtado single chronology
"I'm Like a Bird"
"Turn Off the Light"
"...on the Radio (Remember the Days)"
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Alternative cover
Australian cover
Music video
"Turn Off the Light" on YouTube

"Turn Off the Light" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado, taken from her debut studio album, Whoa, Nelly! (2000). Written by Furtado, and produced by Gerald Eaton, Brian West, and Furtado, the song was released as the album's second single in mid-2001 (see 2001 in music). Furtado, who cited a song by the Canadian band Big Sugar as the inspiration for "Turn Off the Light", has described it as "a real song ... Though I may seem so independent and stuff, blah, blah, blah, when I turn out the light at night I can get lonely just like everybody else. Maybe that's why it's such a good song and everyone is responding to it – because it's real. Just a song with a fun, hooky chorus."

Music video[edit]

There were two music videos made for "Turn Off the Light": the yo kai version, and the normal version. The normal version was directed by Sophie Muller and located in Beijing, China.[1] The music video for the normal version of "Turn Off the Light" begins in a swamp where Furtado is sitting on the edge of a log and people are swimming in the swamp. She begins to sing the first verse and when the chorus commences the people in the swamp pull her in and they start dancing in the swamp. The second verse starts and Furtado is seen at a temple singing while some dancers jump out and dance with Furtado. During the second part of the chorus, she is surrounded by a group at the temple and they dance around her while she sings. During the bridge she is shown at an old house singing and is sitting on a chair. The video ends with Furtado back at the temple eating noodles. The underground video features Furtado playing the guitar in a wooden shed, wearing a white top and jeans. She is also seen buying flowers. Behind the scenes footage of the photoshoot for the Whoa, Nelly! cover is interwoven through the video.

Chart performance[edit]

The song eventually became her most successful song at the time of its release. In New Zealand, it became her first number-one single there and stayed in the chart for twenty-seven weeks.[2] It became the second most successful song of 2001 year-end chart.[3] The song is 28th most successful song in that country and the most successful song for Nelly Furtado in that country.[4] It peaked at number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. A remix featuring rappers Ms. Jade and Timbaland was released, and a dance remix reached number one on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The song ranked at number 70 in the Year-End chart of 2001 and at number 92 on the 2002 recap. It peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay Chart. It peaked at number seven in Australia, being her second top ten single there and stayed in the chart for twenty-one weeks.[5] It also peaked at number four in United Kingdom, becoming her second top five single there.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single[6]
  1. "Turn Off the Light" (radio edit) – 3:36
  2. "Turn Off the Light" (remix featuring Timbaland & Ms. Jade) – 3:38
  3. "I'm Like a Bird" (acoustic version) – 4:00
  4. "Turn Off the Light" (video)
UK cassette single
  1. "Turn Off the Light" – 3:36
  2. "I'm Like a Bird" (acoustic version) – 4:00
German 2-track single
  1. "Turn Off the Light" – 3:36
  2. "Turn Off the Light" (So Solid Crew Remix) – 5:22
German 4-track single[7][8]
  1. "Turn Off the Light" (radio edit) – 3:36
  2. "Turn Off the Light" (Sunshine Reggae Mix) – 3:59
  3. "I'm Like a Bird" (acoustic version) – 4:00
  4. "Turn Off the Light" (underground video) – 3:38


Credits adapted from the Whoa, Nelly! album liner notes.[9]

  • Nelly Furtado – songwriter, co-producer, lead vocals, background vocals, programming
  • Gerald Eaton – producer, programming, additional background vocals
  • Brian West – producer, guitar, scratches, programming, recording, engineering
  • James McCollum – guitar
  • Brad Haehnel – mixing, recording, engineering
  • John Knupp – second engineering


Chart (2001)[10] Peak
Australia (ARIA)[11] 7
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[12] 22
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[13] 13
Brazil (ABPD)[14] 24
France (SNEP)[15] 46
Germany (Official German Charts)[16] 31
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[17] 7
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[18] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[19] 5
Poland (Polish Singles Chart)[20] 6
Portugal (Portuguese Singles Chart)[21] 1
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[22] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 9
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[25] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[26] 5
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[27] 3
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[28] 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[29] 11
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[30] 55

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
United Kingdom 20 August 2001 12" Polydor [31]
Maxi single [32]
Germany 27 August 2001 Universal [33]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nelly Furtado Central - Videos
  2. ^ NELLY FURTADO - TURN OFF THE LIGHT (SONG) charts.org.nz
  3. ^ 2001 Year-End Chart of RIANZ
  4. ^ All Time Chart of New Zealand
  5. ^ NELLY FURTADO - TURN OFF THE LIGHT (SONG) australian-charts.com
  6. ^ Turn Off the Light/I'm Like a Bird | Album Track Listing|MTV
  7. ^ Nelly Furtado - Turn Off The Light
  8. ^ Nelly Furtado - Turn Off The Light
  9. ^ (2000) Album notes for Whoa, Nelly! by Nelly Furtado [liner notes]. DreamWorks Records.
  10. ^ "International Chart Performance". Swisscharts. Retrieved 26 March 2008. 
  11. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Nelly Furtado – Turn Off the Light". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  12. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Nelly Furtado – Turn Off the Light" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Nelly Furtado – Turn Off the Light" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  14. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Lescharts.com – Nelly Furtado – Turn Off the Light" (in French). Les classement single.
  16. ^ "Musicline.de – Nelly Furtado Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Nelly Furtado search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  18. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Nelly Furtado – Turn Off the Light". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Nelly Furtado – Turn Off the Light". VG-lista.
  20. ^ "Nielsen Music Control". Archived from the original on 2007-10-24. 
  21. ^ "Top40-charts.com". Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  22. ^ Romanian 2001 end-of-year charts
  23. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Nelly Furtado – Turn Off the Light". Singles Top 100.
  24. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Nelly Furtado – Turn Off the Light". Swiss Singles Chart.
  25. ^ "Nelly Furtado: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  26. ^ "Nelly Furtado – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Nelly Furtado.
  27. ^ "Nelly Furtado – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Nelly Furtado.
  28. ^ "Nelly Furtado – Chart history" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Nelly Furtado.
  29. ^ "Nelly Furtado – Chart history" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Nelly Furtado.
  30. ^ "Nelly Furtado – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Nelly Furtado.
  31. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Turn-Off-Light-12-VINYL/dp/B00005NUS8
  32. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Turn-Off-Light-Nelly-Furtado/dp/B00005NTL7
  33. ^ http://www.amazon.de/Turn-Light-Bonusvideo-Furtado-Nelly/dp/B00005M1C9

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