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On a Day Like Today
Studio album by Bryan Adams
Released October 27, 1998
Recorded 1997-1998
Genre Rock
Length 55:14
Label A&M
Producer Bryan Adams, Bob Rock
Professional reviews
Bryan Adams chronology
MTV Unplugged
On a Day Like Today
The Best of Me
Singles from On A Day Like Today
  1. "On a Day Like Today"
    Released: November 3, 1998
  2. "When You're Gone"
    Released: February 16, 1999
  3. "Cloud Number Nine"
    Released: December 28, 1999
  4. "Inside Out"
    Released: 2000

On a Day Like Today is an album by Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams, released in 1998 (see 1998 in music). Bryan recruited producer Bob Rock for this album. Bryan wanted to produce a hit album after critics panned his last studio album.



The lead single is "On a Day Like Today". The song was a hit and reached #13 on the UK Charts but song ignored in US where it didn't reach into both Billboard Hot 100 or Mainstream Rock Tracks. A shot from recording sessions is used as the cover of album. Single's B-side included songs "Bin There Done That" and cover of Joe Cocker's song "She Believes in Me", penned by Adams himself.

It was followed by "When You're Gone", a collaboration with Melanie C and a huge hit in all over the world with with an exception of United States. Later Bryan performed this song several times live with Mel C. including his concert in Slane Castle but generally in his other concerts he picks a female out of the audience to sing the song with him. B-side included tracks "Hey Baby" and "What Does It Do To Your Heart?". Another release of single included solo version of the song and a song called "I Love Ya Too Much". Song was the 82nd-best selling single of the 1990s. While version with Mel C. appeared in Adams' greatest hits album The Best of Me, he recorded this song with sex symbol Pamela Anderson for Canadian release of his another greatest hits album called Anthology

"Cloud Number Nine" was the third single and reached #6 on the UK Charts. Single featured only Chicane mix of the song. Original version appears only in an album. Song became huge hit in all over the world and became one of the well known songs of Adams. Chicane's Mix has become the standard live version Bryan plays live, Chicane joined Bryan onstage to perform this song and "Don't Give Up" on Bryan's DVD Live At Slane Castle. Song is also popular for its music video where Bryan is dressed in all white, in a white room with an Asian woman who is body painted all white. First single version also featured Bryan's cover of Celine Dion song Let's Talk About Love, which penned by Adams and acoustic version for "When You're Gone". Second version also included Basbombe mix of the song and a song called "Snippets", which is mixing of songs "C'mon C'mon C'mon", "Inside Out" and "Where Angels Fear to Tread".

Final single was a soft rock ballad called "Inside Out". Song became hit in various European countries and appeared in compilation albums The Best of Me and Anthology. Trisha Yearwood and Don Henley covered this song as a duet. Song's video featured Adams with a woman robot. B-side included live versions of Adams' hit songs Rock Steady (without Bonnie Raitt) and Back to You.


On s Day Like Today sold 3 million copies on its release and was a success except in the American market where it became the first album since 1983's "Cuts Like A Knife" to not obtain a platinum certification by the RIAA. It was certified Platinum in UK and 2X platinum in Canada. According to Allmusic the record company didn't do a lot of advertising for album.

Track listings

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "How Do Ya Feel Tonight"   Adams, Thornalley 4:46
2. "C'mon C'mon C'mon"   Adams, Peters 3:36
3. "Getaway"   Adams, Peters 3:47
4. "On a Day Like Today"   Adams, Thornalley 3:28
5. "Fearless"   Adams, Peters 3:52
6. "I'm a Liar"   Adams, Peters 4:16
7. "Cloud Number Nine"   Adams, Martin, Peters 3:45
8. "When You're Gone"   Adams, Kennedy 3:24
9. "Inside Out"   Adams, Peters 4:43
10. "If I Had You"   Adams 4:03
11. "Before the Night Is Over"   Adams, Martin 3:48
12. "I Don't Wanna Live Forever"   Adams, Peters 3:14
13. "Where Angels Fear to Tread"   Adams, Peters 3:47
14. "Lie to Me (South America, Australia Bonus track)"   Adams, Kennedy 4:37


The album reached #3 in Canada & #11 in the UK.

On A Day Like Today was the first single released. It reached #13 in the UK and #9 on the Canadian Singles Chart. When You're Gone, the second single, was a smash hit reaching #3 on the UK Chart and was in the Top 10 for ten weeks. It reached #11 in Canada. Cloud Number Nine reached #6 in the UK and #12 in Canada.




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