If It Makes You Happy

Album: Sheryl Crow (1996)
Charted: 9 10


  • This song describes a person who seems depressed or upset no matter what happens. According to Crow, the inspiration for the song was her feelings after the massive success of her first album, as her record label and the media put pressure on her to follow it up.
  • This won the Grammy award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • On her VH1 Storytellers appearance in 1998, Sheryl Crow said this was initially a country song, but she turned it into a rock song so she could get more exposure. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Adrian - Gettysburg, PA
  • The Australian lensman Keir McFarlane directed the video, which portrays Crow as an angry museum exhibit (10 years before the movie Night at the Museum). McFarlane also did the video for Tom Petty's "Mary Jane's Last Dance."
  • In 2011 Crow teamed up with chef Chuck White to write a cookbook called If It Makes You Healthy.
  • Crow was a huge fan of Tom Petty, and said that this song was in some ways inspired by the way he played.

Comments: 5

  • Kb from SeaIt's a tribute to Kurt Cobain.
  • Jim from Long Beach, CaI love this song and this period of Miss Crows career. I love the goth look on her at the time, very sexy!
  • Tim from Phoenix, AzIf it makes you happy then it makes you and you and you and you all happy ...but then who is you and why are you sad..one sad duck
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnThis song contains Sheryl's best vocals, definitely a great rock anthem. Love the video as well.
  • Madalyn from Greensburg, Pai can definatly relate to have pressure...and trying to make other happy no matter what torture you put yourself through
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