The title track of Dido's sophomore album, this was released as its second single with some success reaching the Top 10 in the UK, Ireland and Italy.
According to Dido, the meaning of 'Life For Rent' is, "that my life isn't really my own, I only rented it for a while, but if I don't manage to buy it, to own it, then nothing of what I think is mine is really mine."
The song was used to soundtrack pivotal moments in US TV series Smallville ("Unsafe" - 2005) and Nikita ("Free" - 2011).
Life For Rent was the top selling album in 2003 in the UK with over 2 million sales.
Dido recalled the story of the song to Canada.com: "I wrote 'Life For Rent' in America," she said. "I had basically run away from England at that point, for various reasons — I was being chased around a lot by the press and also I had just ended this relationship and stuff — and wrote pretty much the whole album while I was in America. This song was one of the first songs I wrote there and it still resonates with me. There's a line in there that says I want to live by the sea — well I still do and I still don't."
Sophie Muller, who would also direct Pink's "Trouble" video the same year, helmed the clip which follows Dido singing throughout a house.
"The Night Chicago Died" was written and recorded by the British group Paper Lace. They talk about Al Capone in the song, but got a lot of details wrong - understandable since they wrote it based on gangster movies.