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Thank You (Dido song)

"Thank You" is a song written and performed by English singer-songwriter Dido. The song made its first appearance in 1998, on the soundtrack of the movie Sliding Doors. It was later included on Dido's 1999 debut album No Angel, becoming the album's biggest hit.

"Thank You"
Dido Thank You US Cover.jpeg
US promo cover
Single by Dido
from the album No Angel
Released12 December 2000
FormatCD single
Recorded1998; The Church Studios
(London, England)
Genre
Length3:44
LabelArista
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Dido
  • Rollo
Dido singles chronology
"Stan"
(2000)
"Thank You"
(2000)
"Hunter"
(2001)
Alternative cover
Commercial cover
Commercial cover
Music video
"Thank You" on YouTube

Entering the Billboard Hot 100 at number 80 in January 2001,[1] "Thank You" peaked at number 3 in April 2001.[2] It held that spot for 3 weeks,[3][4] and became Dido's first and only top three single in the United States. In the United Kingdom, "Thank You" also reached number 3, becoming the singer's third top-five single in the United Kingdom. Additionally, the song reached number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary,[5] Adult Pop Songs,[6] and Hot Dance Club Songs[7] charts.

Since becoming her biggest hit in multiple countries, the song has often been recognised as Dido's signature song.

Song informationEdit

Dido wrote the song about the down times of depression and about how she lost her house. It remains Dido's biggest hit single in the United States to date, and her only one to reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. "Thank You" was one of the biggest sleeper hits of the year, debuting in January and remaining on the chart until the end of September. It spent 40 weeks on the chart, and in November Billboard published that "Thank You" finished as the seventh biggest song of the year.

The song's verses are written in the key of G minor whilst the chorus is in B Major, with a tempo of 80 beats per minute in common time. It follows a chord progression of Gm – Emaj7 – F – B – F/A, and Dido's vocals span from F3 to B4 in the song.[8]

Critical receptionEdit

"Thank You" received critical acclaim from music critics, who thought the ballad was very "touching and soft" and an instant standout to the album. Jeff Burger from AllMusic had highlighted "Thank You" as an album standout.[9] Christian Ward from NME had said "'Thank You,' which, far from conjuring up images of lunatic fan-worship, is more reminiscent of The Corrs. Now that really is sick."[10]

Music videoEdit

Dido recorded a music video for "Thank You." In the video, Dido has not paid her bills, and the government comes to tear down her house. The construction workers put an eviction notice on her door and move her belongings out. Dido, who seems oblivious to the fact that her house has been barricaded, is seen simply singing the song.

During the first chorus of the song, Dido has a cup of tea whilst moving, and demolishing all the stuff outside her house into the van. In the end, she is escorted out of her home and is forced to walk the streets with a backpack and suitcases.

The end of the video implies that her house is actually being torn down for redevelopment, as her home is sandwiched between two large skyscrapers. The video was directed by Dave Meyers, and was released in January 2001. VEVO released an acoustic version of the song in December 2012, and a live concert version was released in August 2016.[11]

Track listingEdit

  • United Kingdom vinyl
  1. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Vocal Mix)
  2. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Dub Remix)
  • United Kingdom CD single
  1. "Thank You" (Album edit)
  2. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Vocal Mix)
  • United States maxi CD single
  1. "Thank You" (Album edit)
  2. "Thank You" (Skinny Remix)
  3. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Vocal Mix)
  4. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Dub Remix)
  • European CD single
  1. "Thank You" (Album edit)
  2. "Thank You" (Skinny Remix)
  3. "Thank You" (Deep Dish Vocal Mix)
  4. "Thank You" (Music Video)

Charts and certificationsEdit

Cover versions, remixes, and samplesEdit

Eminem's "Stan"Edit

Eminem's critically acclaimed number-one single "Stan" samples the first verse of the song for its chorus. Dido herself appears in the music video for "Stan" (alongside Devon Sawa) as the pregnant girlfriend of an obsessed, suicidal and homicidal Eminem fan, and has made appearances on Eminem's tours to perform the song. When Eminem performed "Stan" live at the 2001 Grammy Awards, Elton John sang the Dido sample as he played keyboard during the performance.

Deep Dish versionEdit

The house duo Deep Dish remixed the song. It won a Grammy Award for Best Remixed Recording in 2002.

Other notable versionsEdit

  • In 1999, Mexican group Flans recorded a Spanish version entitled "Gracias". It was released as the third single from the album Hadas.
  • In 2006, Snoop Dogg also sampled the beat of "Thank You" on his song "Round Here" from his 2006 album, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment. The song was produced by Dr. Dre.
  • Canadian rapper Madchild sang new lyrics to the melody of "Thank You" for part of the song "Dickhead" from his 2012 album Dope Sick.
  • In 2016, Rihanna sampled "Thank You" on her song "Never Ending" from her eighth album Anti.
  • In 2017, EDM musician Breakout Ninja sampled the tune of "Thank You" in the song "Sad Violin".

LegacyEdit

In an interview on BBC Radio 3 in 2005 Katharine Worsley, Duchess of Kent, who, after relinquishing royal duties, worked as a classical music teacher, chose "Thank You" as one of her favourite pieces.

In April 2007, it was also voted #57 in the BBC's list of Most Annoying Pop Songs We Hate to Love.[45]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/2001-01-13
  2. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/2001-04-28
  3. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/2001-05-12
  4. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/hot-100/2001-05-19
  5. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/2001-06-16
  6. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/adult-pop-songs/2001-03-24
  7. ^ http://www.billboard.com/charts/2001-09-01/dance-club-play-songs
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  38. ^ "Pop Songs: Pop Songs Chart - Billboard". Billboard.
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  41. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2001" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
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  43. ^ "British single certifications – Dido – Thank You". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 22 May 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Thank You in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  44. ^ "American single certifications – Dido – Thank You". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 22 May 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  45. ^ "BBC's "The 100 Most Annoying Pop Songs We Hate to Love"". Listology. 1 April 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2016.

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