Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)

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"Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)"
Untitled (How Could This Happen To Me)-Simple Plan Single.jpg
Single by Simple Plan
from the album Still Not Getting Any...
ReleasedApril 1, 2005
FormatCD single
Songwriter(s)Pierre Bouvier, Chuck Comeau
Producer(s)Bob Rock
Simple Plan singles chronology
"Shut Up!"
"Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)"

"Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)" is a song by Canadian rock band Simple Plan. It was released in April 2005 as the third single from their second studio album, Still Not Getting Any.... The song's official title, when the CD was released, was simply "Untitled".

Music video[edit]

The music video of this song tells a story of a car accident on a rainy evening where a young male drunk driver crashed his sedan head-on into a Trans Am driven by a female, resulting in her death. The drunk driver, however, survives relatively uninjured, and ends up captured by the FBI and ATF. The video was filmed near the famous tunnel in Griffith Park. Vocalist Pierre Bouvier is seen singing the song at the scene of the accident, and is also seen at the end of the video where the victim is at the hospital.

The video also shows the backstory of the accident, accompanied by clips of the victim's family doing things such as: her brother is seen playing video games in his bedroom, her sister is doing her homework in her bedroom, their mom is in her house's kitchen washing dishes and their dad is working in his office. Then abruptly just as the two cars collide, the entire family is violently thrown into the walls surrounding them as the boy falls out of his bedroom window and the dad lands on his computer. In a joint letter with MADD, Simple Plan explained the events in the video:[1]

Live performances[edit]

When performed live, the guitar solo in the middle of the song is performed by Bouvier. Lead guitarist Jeff Stinco plays a semi-acoustic guitar until the end of the solo, while rhythm guitarist Sébastien Lefebvre and drummer Chuck Comeau come in at the beginning of the solo. Bassist David Desrosiers' main role is backing vocals, with his bass taking a backseat until Bouvier's solo and the final chorus. Stinco also plays a second solo as the song fades out.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "How Could This Happen to Me?" - 3:28
  2. "Welcome to My Life" (Live) - 4:13
  3. "Jump" (Live) - 3:48

In other media[edit]

The song has since been used in Mothers Against Drunk Driving anti-drunk driving campaigns,[2] and in the fourth season episode of Smallville called "Recruit".


Chart (2005–06) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 9
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[4] 17
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[5] 52
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 36
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[7] 20
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 183
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 49
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[12] 26
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[13] 16


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[14] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[15] Gold 10,000^
Sweden (GLF)[16] Gold 10,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Simple Plan Fight Drunk Driving With MADD
  2. ^ Simple Plan Team Up With MADD For Anti-Drunk Driving Campaign
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Simple Plan – Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Simple Plan – Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  5. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200626 into search.
  6. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Simple Plan" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  7. ^ "Charts.nz – Simple Plan – Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)". Top 40 Singles.
  8. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Simple Plan – Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)". Singles Top 100.
  9. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Simple Plan – Untitled (How Could This Happen to Me?)". Swiss Singles Chart.
  10. ^ Chart Log UK
  11. ^ "Simple Plan Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Simple Plan Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Simple Plan Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  15. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Simple Plan – Untitled". Music Canada.
  16. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2007" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.

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