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. Director Marc Webb, who went on to direct The Amazing Spider-Man, shot the clip in Los Angeles (made to look like New York) in one day.
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 when it reached #67. The Chipmunks version was used in their 2007 film Alvin And The Chipmunks and appeared on the soundtrack.
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