“How You Remind Me” is a song by Canadian rock band Nickelback. It was released on August 21, 2001, as the lead single from their third studio album Silver Side Up (2001). A “Gold Mix” was made for later editions of the single with the heavier guitars edited out of the chorus. Lead vocalist and guitarist Chad Kroeger wrote the song about his old girlfriend Jodi, with whom he had a dysfunctional relationship. He referred to this song as the song that put Nickelback on the map when played at their concert in Sturgis, South Dakota, and is often considered to be their signature song.
“How You Remind Me” was named the number one most played song on U.S. radio of the 2000s decade by Nielsen Soundscan, being spun over 1.2 million times on U.S. airwaves since its release in 2001 to the end of 2009. The song was named fourth on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade and 75th in the UK decade-end chart. It was nominated for the Kerrang! Award for Best Single. “How You Remind Me” was also rated the number one rock song and number 4 alternative song of the decade of the 2000s by Billboard. The song was featured in the music video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. The song played a large role in a Saturday Night Live skit on March 10, 2018, with Sterling K. Brown in which the lyrics are a dying woman’s final words.
The music video for “How You Remind Me” featured Nickelback playing a small venue with the 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 video, 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. In the end, she shows up and apparently asks him to forgive her. This is what he thought 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.
Another version of the video exists and has been played on some UK and Australian music channels. The video simply features the footage of the band playing from the main video, added to footage of the band’s live performances and tour movies.
Due to its high sales and massive airplay, “How You Remind Me” was ranked as the top single of 2002 by Billboard magazine. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA in 2005, for sales of over 500,000 copies, and by late 2010 it had sold around 860,000 copies total. The song went on to rack up four Billboard Music Awards, four Juno Awards. “How You Remind Me” was the number one Most Played Song of 2002 in the United States, across all formats, according to Billboard Monitor. In 2003, the song was nominated for Grammy Award for Record of the Year. “How You Remind Me” was the number one song on the Billboard’s 2002 Year-End Hot 100 Singles Chart, and VH1 ranked the song as the 16th Greatest Power Ballad.
The song was listed at number 36 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100. The song also hit number one on the Kerrang! the feature, 21st Century’s Official 100 Rock Best Sellers. The song was the 75th best-selling single of the 2000s in the UK. In Germany, it’s not just the band’s best-charting single by reaching number 3 on the German Singles Chart, it’s also Nickelback’s longest-staying single on that chart, namely a total of 30 weeks. In 2011, Fuse TV named it the number one song of the decade. It was listed as number 9 at the Billboard Hot 100 top 100 Rock Songs of the last 50 years. Loudwire listed the song as number 30 on its list “Top 21st Century Hard Rock Songs”.
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