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"Sit Still, Look Pretty" is a song by American singer Daya. It was released on March 29, 2016, as the second single from her debut extended play (EP), Daya (2015) and her debut studio album of the same name (2016).[1] It is the follow-up to her Billboard Hot 100 top 40 hit "Hide Away". The song was written by Gino Barletta, Mike Campbell and Britten Newbill. Lyrically, the song includes themes of female empowerment.

"Sit Still, Look Pretty"
Sit Still, Look Pretty (Official Single Cover) by Daya.png
Single by Daya
from the album Daya and Sit Still, Look Pretty
ReleasedMarch 29, 2016
FormatDigital download
  • Gino Barletta
  • Mike Campbell
  • Britten Newbill
  • Scott Bruzenak
  • Barletta
Daya singles chronology
"Don't Let Me Down"
"Sit Still, Look Pretty"
Music video
Sit Still, Look Pretty at Vevo

"Sit Still, Look Pretty" debuted at number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100, and has since peaked at number 28. The single has also charted in Canada, Slovakia, and Czech Republic. A lyric video for the song was released on March 6, 2016.[2] The music video for the song was released on MTV on September 9, 2016.[3] The song was nominated for an Ardy at the 2017 Radio Disney Music Awards for Best Song of the Year. The song has also been used in and covered by the Barden Bellas in Pitch Perfect 3.



In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Daya stated "It's about being a girl that goes after her own dreams and really fights for what she wants, and not letting anyone get in the way of that. It's important for young girls to know that they don't have to act a certain way or depend on someone for happiness. They can find all of that within themselves."[4] Daya also said in an interview with Idolator "I think it's just about not being an accessory for someone else. Just having your own dreams and goals. Going after them and not having to always try to please someone."[5]

Critical receptionEdit

Dana Getz of Entertainment Weekly said it "relegates [sic] [good boys] to the sidelines" and further labeled it a "bouncy, eff–you jaunt".[4] Idolator's Mike Wass called the chorus "empowering" and stated "[Sit Still, Look Pretty] picks up where 'Hide Away' left off — in that it's a little rebellious and a lot [sic] relatable."[5] Billboard ranked "Sit Still, Look Pretty" at number 47 on their "100 Best Pop Songs of 2016" list.[6]

Music videoEdit

A music video for the song was released on September 9, 2016.[3]



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[20] 2× Platinum 2,000,000 

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States September 4, 2015 Digital download
March 29, 2016 Top 40 radio [1]


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  3. ^ a b "Daya - Sit Still, Look Pretty - YouTube". YouTube. September 9, 2016. Retrieved September 9, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Getz, Dana (March 29, 2016). "Daya Previews New Single, 'Sit Still, Look Pretty' -". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Wass, Mike (February 3, 2016). "Daya Drops 'Sit Still, Look Pretty' Lyric Video, Announces Chainsmokers Collaboration 'Don't Let Me Down' - Idolator". Idolator. Retrieved April 14, 2016.
  6. ^ "Billboard's 100 Best Pop Songs of 2016: Critics' Picks". Billboard. December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  7. ^ " – Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  8. ^ " – Daya – Sit still, Look Pretty" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
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  10. ^ "Daya Chart History (Canada CHR/Top 40)". Billboard. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  11. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – SINGLES DIGITAL – TOP 100 and insert 201628 into search. Retrieved July 18, 2016.
  12. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201616 into search. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
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  14. ^ "Daya Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved January 3, 2016.
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  18. ^ "Hot 100 Songs - Year-End 2016". Billboard. Billboard. Retrieved December 8, 2016.
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  20. ^ "American single certifications – Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  21. ^ "iTunes Store (US) - Music - Daya - Daya - EP". iTunes Store (US). September 4, 2015. Retrieved April 14, 2016.