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"How You Remind Me"
Single by Nickelback
from the album Silver Side Up
Released August 21, 2001 (2001-08-21)
(See release history)
Format CD
Recorded 2001
Genre Alternative rock
Hard rock
Length 3:43
Label Roadrunner/Island
Writer(s) Chad Kroeger
Nickelback singles chronology
"Worthy to Say"
"How You Remind Me"
"Too Bad"

"How You Remind Me" is the first single from rock band Nickelback's 2001 album, Silver Side Up. A "Gold Mix" was made for latter editions of the single with the heavier guitars edited out of the chorus. This single would be the last rock single to be #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 until Maroon 5's song "Makes Me Wonder" went to #1 six years later. Lead vocalist and guitarist Chad Kroeger wrote the song about his old girlfriend Jodi, with whom he had a dysfunctional relationship.[1] He refers to this song as the song that put Nickelback on the map as referred to their concert in Sturgis. It is often considered to be the band's signature song.

"How You Remind Me" was named the #1 most played song on U.S. radio of the decade by Nielsen Soundscan, being spun over 1.2 million times on U.S. airwaves since its release in 2001.[2] The song was named 4th on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.[3]


Chart performances and awards

The single was also released in that year, reaching the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for 4 weeks while it topped both the Mainstream and Modern Rock charts for 13 weeks. Outside the U.S., the song became a worldwide hit, it was #4 on the UK Singles Chart, and #1 on the Irish Singles Chart. Due to the high sales, it was ranked as the top single of 2002 by Billboard magazine.

The song went on to rack up four Grammy Award nominations, four Billboard Awards, four Juno awards, and countless radio accreditations. "How You Remind Me" was the #1 Most Played Song of 2002 in the United States, across all formats, according to Billboard Monitor.

"How You Remind Me" was the #1 song on the Billboard's 2002 Year-End Hot 100 Singles Chart, Hot 100 Airplay Track Chart and Hot Top 40 Track.

VH1 ranked the song as the 16th Greatest Power Ballad.[4]

The song was listed at #36 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.[1]

The song also hit #1 on the Kerrang! feature, 21st Century's Official 100 Rock Best Sellers, beating its fellow Nickelback's hit, "Rockstar", to the number-one spot.

The song was the 75th best-selling single of the 2000s in the UK.[5]

Music video

The successful music video for "How You Remind Me" featured Nickelback playing a small venue with focus on a female audience member. Chad Kroeger admitted to disliking the idea of a small venue performance at first, opting for a bigger scale arena concert; however, he found the outcome of the video satisfying.

In the music video, Chad Kroeger plays a man whose girlfriend (played by model Annie Henley) has left him and is still haunted by her memory. He still feels strongly for her, and sees her everywhere he goes. Whenever he imagines her touch, he feels a warm memory, indicated by the change in lighting in the video. As the music video progresses, he starts to get over her. At the end, she shows up and apparently asks him to forgive her. This is what he had wanted all along, but suddenly he realizes that it isn't really what he wanted, and pushes her away. She is left with a broken heart and haunted by memories, as he had been at the beginning of the video.

Cover versions

  • The song was covered by Sum 41 at the MTV New Year's Eve party.
  • It has also been covered by Maria Doyle Kennedy on the album Even Better than the Real Thing Vol. 1.
  • American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis covered the song in the final six of the fourth season. He was voted off following his performance.
  • The song was featured as a cover for the video game Karaoke Revolution.
  • In 2004 the Greek mainstream singer Alkistis Protopsalti partly translated the song and put it in her 2004 album as the main song.
  • Ed Alleyne-Johnson, an electric violinist, covered this song instrumentally for his album of cover songs Echoes (2006).
  • The song was performed on a ninth season episode of Scrubs, where one student was telling everyone how he studies.

Track listings

CD single
  1. "How You Remind Me" (Album version) - 3:45
  2. "How You Remind Me" (Acoustic) 3:30
  3. "Little Friend" - 3:48
CD maxi
  1. "How You Remind Me" (Gold Mix) — 3:45
  2. "How You Remind Me" (LP Version) — 3:30
  3. "Little Friend" - 3:48
  4. "How You Remind Me" (Video)

Release history

Country Release Date
United States August 21, 2001 (2001-08-21)
United Kingdom March 25, 2002 (2002-03-25)


Country Certification Date Sales certified
Australia[6] 2 x Platinum 2001 140,000
Austria[7] Gold September 27, 2002 15,000
Belgium[8] Gold February 23, 2002 20,000
France[9] Silver January 15, 2003 125,000
Germany[10] Gold 2002 150,000
Switzerland[11] Gold 2002 15,000
UK[12] Gold May 24, 2002 400,000
U.S.[13] Gold November 18, 2005 500,000


Chart (2002) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[14] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40[14] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[14] 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[14] 1
Australian Singles Chart[15] 2
Austrian Singles Chart[15] 1
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[15] 2
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[15] 4
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Danish Singles Chart[15] 1
Dutch Mega Top 100[15] 17
Finnish Singles Chart[15] 18
French Singles Chart[15] 11
German Singles Chart[16] 3
Irish Singles Chart[17] 1
Italian Singles Chart[15] 14
New Zealand Singles Chart[15] 4
Norwegian Singles Chart[15] 4
Swedish Singles Chart [15] 4
Swiss Singles Chart[15] 3
UK Singles Chart[18] 4
End of year chart (2002) Position
Australian Singles Chart[19] 48
Austrian Singles Chart[20] 6
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[21] 17
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[22] 56
French Singles Chart[23] 98
Irish Singles Chart[24] 8
Swiss Singles Chart[25] 13
Preceded by
"It's Been Awhile by Staind
Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single
15 September – 8 December 2001
Succeeded by
"My Sacrifice" by Creed
Preceded by
"Smooth Criminal" by Alien Ant Farm
Billboard Modern Rock Tracks number-one single
22 September 2001 – 15 December 2001
Succeeded by
"In the End" by Linkin Park
Preceded by
"Family Affair by Mary J. Blige
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream number-one single
22 December 2001 – 23 February 2002
Succeeded by
"Hey Baby" by No Doubt featuring Bounty Killer
Preceded by
"U Got It Bad" by Usher
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
22 December 2001 – 12 January 2002
Succeeded by
"Always on Time" by Ja Rule featuring Ashanti
Preceded by
"L'Amour toujours" by Gigi D'Agostino
Danish number-one single
25 January 2002 – 1 February 2002
Succeeded by
"Whenever, Wherever" by Shakira
Preceded by
"What If" by Kate Winslet
"Whenever, Wherever" by Shakira
Austrian number-one single
10 February 2002
24 February 2002
Preceded by
"Unchained Melody" by Gareth Gates
Irish IRMA number-one single
13 April 2002 – 11 May 2002
Succeeded by
"Here Come The Good Times"
by Ireland World Cup Squad
Preceded by
"Hanging by a Moment" by Lifehouse
Billboard Hot 100 Number one single of the year
Succeeded by
"In Da Club" by 50 Cent


  1. ^ How You Remind Me Songfacts
  2. ^
  3. ^ Hot 100 Decade Songs
  4. ^
  5. ^ Radio 1 Chart of the Decade, as presented by Nihal on Tuesday 29th December 2009
  6. ^ Australian certifications (Retrieved 1 August 2008)
  7. ^ Austrian certifications (Retrieved 8 August 2008)
  8. ^ Belgian certifications (Retrieved 8 August 2008)
  9. ^ French certifications (Retrieved 1 August 2008)
  10. ^ German certifications (Retrieved 8 August 2008)
  11. ^ Swiss certifications (Retrieved 8 August 2008)
  12. ^ UK certifications (Retrieved 8 August 2008)
  13. ^ U.S. certifications (Retrieved 8 August 2008)
  14. ^ a b c d Billboard (Retrieved 10 April 10, 2008)
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "How You Reming Me", in various singles charts (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
  16. ^ German Singles Chart (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
  17. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
  18. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
  19. ^ 2002 Australian Singles Chart (Retrieved August 8, 2008)
  20. ^ 2002 Austrian Singles Chart (Retrieved 8 Augus2008)
  21. ^ 2002 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart (Retrieved 8 August 2008)
  22. ^ 2002 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart (Retrieved 8 August 2008)
  23. ^ 2002 French Singles Chart (Retrieved 8 August 2008)
  24. ^ 2002 Irish Singles Chart (Retrieved December 11, 2008)
  25. ^ 2002 Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved 8 August 2008)

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