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Bad Day by Daniel Powter

Album: Daniel PowterReleased: 2005Charted:
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  • This song is saying that even if you have a bad day once in a while, things will get better. In Europe, it was released in 2005 and became a hit when Coca-Cola used it as the theme song for an advertising campaign on the continent. It topped the Italian and German charts and was #2 in England for 3 weeks. In America, Powter's album was released in 2006, and this song became a hit when the TV show American Idol started using it as a theme for the "goodbye video" for the departing contestants who were voted off the show on the fifth season.
  • Daniel Powter was named by Billboard as the top one-hit wonder of the 2000s for this song. The magazine defined a one-hit wonder as an act whose second hit did not reach the Top 25 and only included acts from 2000 to 2007.
  • The video features actress Samaire Armstrong, who plays Anna on the popular American teen TV show The O.C. Powter refused to star in the video with Armstrong because of their difference in age: he was 35 and she was 25. While a younger actor stars opposite Armstrong, Powter appears playing the piano while wearing his distinctive beanie.
  • Powter is from British Columbia. When this hit #1 in the US, Powter became the first Canadian to top the US charts since Nickelback did it with "How You Remind Me" in 2002.
  • Mitchell Froom, who previously worked with Elvis Costello, produced the album.
  • This was the top selling digital download of 2006, proving that American Idol fans prefer downloading songs to buying CDs. Despite selling about 2 million downloads, the CD had not gone platinum by 2007.
  • A cover version by Alvin And The Chipmunks returned this song to the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2008. The Chipmunks' version originally featured on the 2007 soundtrack album for the film Alvin And The Chipmunks.
  • This was revealed to be the most played song in the UK over the last five years, in a survey announced in July 2008 by the British Performing Rights Society. The runner-up was Kelly Clarkson's "Because Of You" and in third place came James Blunt's "You're Beautiful."
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Comments: 27

He wrote this song about the two years he spent in rehab getting over a cocaine addiction. That's straight from what he's said in numerous interviews.Beau - Phoenix, Az
Amy, I think you might be thinking of another song that gained popularity around the same time as this. ...Namely, James Blunt's "You're Beautiful". That song *was* about him seeing his girlfriend on the subway with another man. ...But both are still awesome songs in my mind either way.
This song might be overplayed some on radio still even after five years, but even so, I still find I haven't grown sick of it at all. It's just a nice mellow feel-good song that if I press play on, it'll put a bounce in my step as I go about my business. :)
Makana - Buford, Ga
Believe it or not this song is actually about hm going to a subway and seeing his girl friend with another guy.... not so happy anymore now is it.... sorry to ruin the happieness but that;s wat he said in a recent interview with the radio station Magic 105.3Amy - San Antonio, Equatorial Guinea
This song really helps me when I have had a bad day. When I did not make a team or everything seemed to go wrong, this helped get over it.John - St. Louis, Mo
I thought this song was in the movie Derailed. After checking it was not listed in the soundtrack. Can anyone tell me what movie played this song?Steve - Uniontown, Pa
Jimmy... Kate... Patrick... You heard it first!! well done!! do you want a medal?Catherine - Glasgow, England
This song used to my favorite two years ago. Now it's oldKami - New York City, Ny
This song's lyrics haven't been thought out properly: "you sing aa sad song just to turn it sround" ... If I'm upset, I can listen to Slayer ("angry" metal as some ignorant bastards call it), Fleetwood Mac (blues rock), Otis Redding (pure blues) or whatever and it'll make me happy - it doesn't have to be sad songs... why do people record songs that generalise?.... OH YEAH TO MAKE MONEY WHEN THEY HAVE NO TALENT!!!Luke - Manchester, England
great vid, great song...would've been better had it been kept a secret =pRichel - Santa Ana, Ca
Absolutely abysmal songLuke - Manchester, England
this song is realking, smothing, and comferting I listen to it every day and it calms me when I'm mad or sadJack - Fox Point, Wi
I love this song.... But now it had leaked into the PowderPuffs at my school. They stole it! WHy does this happen to all the good songs?Annie - Portland, Me
I love this song!! Everytime I hear it I tell myself, you're going though a tough time right now, but it get's better and it's just an overall great song.Sara - Traverse City, Mi
this song is so good exspecailly when you are having a bad day it just tells you to get over it and its gonna be okNicole - Florida, Ny
Nice uplifting song...amazingly I'm still not sick of it despite all the airplay it got. Glad it got popular though, I personally think we needed something a little different on the radio.Allyson - In My Own Little World, Tx
I love this song because it reminds be how my friends and i have fights and that to us is bad days.Laura - Brighton, Mi
""I have memorized the lyrics to this song (without googling it) but the sad part is, every other freaking kid loves it too. And they accuse me of being a sheep. ELLO! I am the one who sang that song before you even knew what it was. And you're calling ME the sheep?
- Presley Kate Phillip, Houston, TX
I got this song form iTunes before it got really popular. Now everyone knows it, but I still like it a lot.
- Adam, Bloomington, IN
I love this song. Unfortunately, thanks to pop radio, every stupid kid at school does too.
- Patrick, Humboldt, IA ""


I AGREE...i got this song off of iTunes as a FREE single of the week.....I love it! 8 months later....every stupid person knows it and jumped on the bandwagon...i knew this song by heart on piano/vocals before anyone else knew who daniel powter was. awesome song, but almost annoying now, cause every stupid kid HAS to know it...
Jimmy - Birmingham, Mi
this song is on american idol!!!!Brittany - Sierra Vista, Az
This song isn't about how everyone has a bad day every once in awhile, it's about someone who's only happy when they're miserable and have something to complain about, and how annoying those people are.Sasha - Winchester, Mn
I first heard this song on my friends Mspace profile and fell in love with it. It's a very well done song and makes me feel goo after my teachers been an a*s holeMicky - Berkeley, Ca
I Love This Song, it makes me break in tears.Patrick - Milwaukee, Wi
It is a great tune, but it is going to get played out.Jonathan - Philadelphia, Pa
Amazing that this talented, truthful indie artist from Canada landed at the top of the US charts and had his song played on American Idol every week. I always thought the song was really great, and reminded me of the 90s for some reason, then everyone liked it, and I thought finally something good is popular. I hop he just doesn't go and sell out like everyone elsse has.Ashley - Moncton, Canada
I have memorized the lyrics to this song (without googling it) but the sad part is, every other freaking kid loves it too. And they accuse me of being a sheep. ELLO! I am the one who sang that song before you even knew what it was. And you're calling ME the sheep?Presley Kate Phillip - Houston, Tx
Fake names, doncha love em?Presley Kate Phillip - Houston, Tx
I got this song form iTunes before it got really popular. Now everyone knows it, but I still like it a lot.Adam - Bloomington, In
I love this song. Unfortunately, thanks to pop radio, every stupid kid at school does too.Patrick - Humboldt, Ia