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How You Remind Me

by

Nickelback



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In an interview with MTV, Nickelback's lead singer Chad Kroeger said that he wrote the song about his old girlfriend Jodi, who he had a rather dysfunctional relationship with. He kept the lyrics very ambiguous, however, which accounts for much of the song's success, as many people could relate to an ex who started pointing out all of your faults at the same time and caused considerable heartbreak: "This time I'm mistaken, for handing you a heart worth breaking." Silver Side Up was Nickelback's third album, and many of the songs were about relationships and personal issues.
Kroeger brought the song to the band a week before recording the album, thinking of it as a possible last-minute addition. The band finished the song in about 10 minutes and knew they had something special. This was a contrast to most of the album's material, which was written even before their previous album, The State (2000).
This was a huge surprise hit for Nickelback's record company, Roadrunner Records, which was expecting Slipknot to provide their commercial success for 2001. Instead, it was Nickelback. The album was released on September 11, 2001. This was the first single and most popular song, resulting in many listeners associating the song with remembrances of the tragedies of that day. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
This was the most played song of 2002 on US radio stations. It was played somewhere about once every 5 minutes. (thanks, Ihavealongfirstname - Toronto, Canada)
This was only the second time a song by a Canadian group hit #1 on the US charts. The first time - "American Woman" by The Guess Who.
Sum 41 does a cover of this from time to time, with slight changes to the lyrics. They played in on MTV's New Year's countdown to 2002. (thanks, mel - London, England)
Near the end of this song, the band drop out and Kroeger bellows, "for handing you a heart worth breaking!" It was Drum tech Andrew Mawhinney who came up with the idea for this hook. Kroeger later recalled: "He goes, 'you guys should do a big stop right at the last chorus'." The band gave Mawhinney $5000 for coming up with the suggestion.
This was the most-played radio song in the US during the first decade of the 21st century with over 1.2 million spins. It was followed by Train's "Drops of Jupiter," which was played over 1.1 million times during the '00s.
Chad Kroeger's fiancée, Avril Lavigne, covered the song in 2012 for One Piece Film Z, the eleventh Japanese anime feature film based on the shōnen manga series One Piece by Eiichiro Oda.
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Comments (31):

Great band, Great song. This is basically how I feel about my ex and my new (potential) girlfriend.
- Michael, Las Cruces, NM
This is a great song! I love it. I love Nickelback, I don't care what people think.
- Megan, Stevenson, AL
i agree... i like the long road the best but the new stuff is just not their style...i heard a rumor that nickelback uses a computer program to see if their melody is appealing to the human ear? any one hear this?
- erik, brownwood, TX
This song has some pretty good lyrics: These five words in my head, scream "Are we having fun yet?", so much anger and power there, and something that most people instantly relate to.
- Randy, Rio de Janeiro, -
Most played song in 2002 I think. I agree, Silver Side Up was musical genius, later stuff is still good, but Silver Side Up is their best work in my opinion.
- Phil, High Wycombe, United Kingdom
Nickelback used to be good. Silver side up was a great album. But there new stuff is too popish.
- Austin, smallsville, NE
This is like one of the top best rock songs I've ever heard. And it's one Nickelback's best songs! At least this song talks about how he's moving on and all the crap she has put him through had taken its toll on him. It's a confident song. The end kind of sounded a little wierd with those synthesizers but it was cool.
- Gabreya, Pine Bluff, AK
I think this song is about a guy who changed his life alot, and then found a girl who seemed perfect for him, but the girl keeps criticizing him. (I hope this is the right spelling, I'm disleksic) And he's disappointed (Handin' you a heart worth breakin') because he really loves her, but she thinks he is fony.
Sorry agen for spelling
- Addison, Alberta, Canada
Tony, hopefully in the real world your ability to spell will make up for your lack of taste in music. But we'll call a truce anyway especally since you're also apparently reading challenged as well. If it wern't so, you would have read that the comment was made by me(Rob) not by Kara. And besides anyone can make a typo. Nickelback isn't a guitar driven band. They are lyrically driven band which means that they write "music" that goes with the "lyrics" It is not the number of chourds and catchy riffs you use in a song, its how you use them in the song in correspondence with lyrics. You can use as many of those as you want but if they dont go with the lyrics, it kinda defeats the whole perpous of writing a song dont you think?
- Robert, Cadillac, MI
There's a website that plays this song at the same time as "Someday", and the music lines up almost exactly. Quite embarrassing on Nickelback's part.
- Ryan, Marion, IA
right people who wanna comment bad things about this song you sad people do you have a life? its a amazing song and nickelback are one of the best bands out.
- rhys, Newport, Wales
Nickleback just makes me cry reminding me of old music how rockin' it was and now bands can make horrible pieces of garbage like this and people actually buy it! I don't see how this is 'talent' - any 15 year old could do the same. The lyrics are ok I guess but the music is so whiny and MONOTONOUS - just the same 4 chords over and over and over and over. Didn't we all know someone in high school who could write songs that sounded just like this?
- Liquid Len, Ottawa, Canada
Let's stop kidding ourselves, huh? This band sucks. Oh, and Kara, I found it amusing that you wrote about people not spelling correctly... and misspelled "derogatory" in the same sentence.
- Tony, Topeka, KS
This was actually the 3rd Canadian single to hit #1 in the US. As "One Week" by The Barenaked Ladies accomplished that feat in 1998 as well.
- Graham, North Bay, Canada
This band does not suck, Adrian! They are great! I love this song. It's very good. I've never heard Sum 41 sing it. I like Sum 41 though, so I bet that version is good too.
- Hope, Florence, MT
Who are you people? It's interesting that the ones with the most derrogatory statements can't even spell correctly! And have no idea what this song is about. By the way- The State was NOT the first Nickelback album, The Curb was. Doubt you've ever heard it- in fact, have you heard this one? How You Remind Me is an awesome song. Lyrically and musically. The song is obviously about how she uses and abuses him and in doing so tempts his darker side- hence the cycle of issues that ensues. Are we having fun yet? Before you criticize it- try to get it. Rob.
- Kara, Cadillac, MI
I think Nickelback sadly fit in to the genre of being just another depressing grunge band with monotonous monotone vocals. This song typifies them in that its depressing. I hate bands that use rock n roll to get a point across or sing about boring political/social issues. Rock n Roll is meant to be fun not depressing. I listen to the vocals and then compare it to someone like the late Bon Scott (AC/DC). There was a real rock n roll singer who sang about ?fun? instead of some morose social issue.
- Graham, Glasgow, Scotland
"i think he's saying he's tried living every way and it's never worked out...sounds like a song of utter depression and hopelessness to me"

Sounds more like he's angry at a woman to me. She took advantage of him and didn't love him and he finally realized it. "Livin' with me must have damn near killed you" meant that the guilt must have been ridiculous for her, living with him when she was just using him.
- Joe, Berkeley Heights, NJ
nickelback kicks ass!!!!i cant wait to see them again!
- alison, kill devil hills, NC
It's about Chad Croeger(the lead singer)'s girlfriend. When she heard the song she was onlivious to the fact that it was about her.......women
- Paul, Galway, Ireland
nickelback rocks!!
- Hailey, New York, NY
This song is the best ever besides photograph. This song made me a better person because i changed so many peoples lives because of dumb things i did. I have more and better friends cuz this song!!!!!
- Kelsi, ionia, MI
This song has changed my life forever!!Ever since I was 18 and graduating high school!!I love nickelback !!!
- Morgan, New York, NY
i think he's saying he's tried living every way and it's never worked out...sounds like a song of utter depression and hopelessness to me
- Rebecca, Clayton, GA
I wish I could sound like a wussy, whiny, pseudo-rock band? That makes a ton of sense. I am on this link because I have heard this song, and have to find some outlet for my anger. I can't fathom how people smart enough to read and write like this song, or that this turd was made in the first place. This song sucks. When you turn thirty and look back, you'll see this song sucks.
- Nathan, Defiance, OH
Nickelback just makes me cry reminding me of my old life how great it was and now i have a really bad life. Well this is one of the songs,what he means is that his life is really bad,he acts like someone he is not but when he is with her it hurts so bad beeing with her but he acts like he is and when he thinks of her it reminds him who he really is.
- Casie, Denver, CO
nickelback has got to be one of the best present-day bands out there. Not that that's saying much, but they're a hell of a lot better than good charlotte and simple plan and all that other pop rock garbage.
- Matt, Millbrae, CA
This band suck
- adrian, merthyr tydfil, AL
i love this song and nickelback!!!! woohoo!!!!!!!!!!
- vicky, someplace special, TX
how you remind of what i really am
about a woman that she makes him realize who is is, that he the type of person say, to care when she doesn't say sorry, and that the things she does bother him, thats why he was mistaken by handing her a heart worth breakin....
- Benjamin, Brooklyn, NY
This song was covered by sum41, i think it was performed during a new-years eve gig.
- Andy, Halifax, England
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