Don't Know Why

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"Don't Know Why"
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Single by Norah Jones
from the album Come Away with Me
ReleasedJuly 2002
Format CD
Label Blue Note
Songwriter(s) Jesse Harris
Norah Jones singles chronology
"Don't Know Why"
"Feelin' the Same Way"

Come Away with Me

Don't Know Why" / "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight

Turn Me On
Alternative cover
Cover art for "Don't Know Why" / "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"

"Don't Know Why" is a song written and composed by Jesse Harris that originally appeared on his 1999 album, Jesse Harris & the Ferdinandos. A cover of it was the first single by American singer Norah Jones from her debut studio album, Come Away with Me (2002).

Jesse Harris is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, producer, and guitarist. He has collaborated with several musical artists including Norah Jones, Melody Gardot, Madeleine Peyroux, Nikki Yanofsky, and Lizz Wright.

Cover version later version of a song already established with a different earlier performer

In popular music, a cover version, cover song, revival, or simply cover, is a new performance or recording by someone other than the original artist or composer of a previously recorded, commercially released song.

Norah Jones American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist

Norah Jones is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She has won multiple awards and has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. Billboard named her the top jazz artist of the 2000–2009 decade. She has won nine Grammy Awards and was ranked 60th on Billboard magazine's artists of the 2000–2009 decade chart.


Jones's version peaked at number 30 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was a critical success, helping establish her as a respected new artist, and subsequently her album sold extremely well. The single went on to win three Grammy Awards in 2003 for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. It remains Jones's biggest hit single in the United States to date, and her only one to reach the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100. The single was also a modest hit internationally, reaching number four in Poland, number five in Australia, number 24 in New Zealand and number 59 in the United Kingdom. The song charted at 459 in Blender magazine's 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born. [2]

The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play, and online streaming in the United States.

Grammy Award Accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The trophy depicts a gilded gramophone. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

The Grammy Award for Record of the Year is presented by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to sales or chart position." The Record of the Year award is one of the four most prestigious categories at the awards presented annually since the 1st Grammy Awards in 1959. According to the 54th Grammy Awards description guide, the award is presented:

for commercially released singles or tracks of new vocal or instrumental recordings. Tracks from a previous year's album may be entered provided the track was not entered the previous year and provided the album did not win a Grammy. Award to the artist(s), producer(s), recording engineer(s) and/or mixer(s) if other than the artist.

Music video

A music video directed by Anastasia Simone and Ian Spencer was released in 2002. It features Jones performing the song on a gray beach at sunrise, on a rocky hill, and at a beach rental stand accompanied by a wooden piano while undersea images are projected onto the walls.

Ian Spencer is a former English cricketer. He was a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper who played for Cheshire. He was born in Whiston.


Weekly charts

Chart (2002–2003)Peak
Australia (ARIA) [3] 5
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) [4] 56
Brazil (ABPD) [5] 28
France (SNEP) [6] 74
Germany (Official German Charts) [7] 82
Netherlands (Single Top 100) [8] 86
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [9] 24
Poland (LP3) [10] 4
Scotland (Official Charts Company) [11] 71
Scotland (Official Charts Company) [12]
with "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [13] 59
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) [14]
with "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"
US Billboard Hot 100 [15] 30
US Adult Contemporary ( Billboard ) [16] 4
US Adult Top 40 ( Billboard ) [17] 8
US Mainstream Top 40 ( Billboard ) [18] 32

Year-end charts

Chart (2003)Position
Australia (ARIA) [19] 77
US Billboard Hot 100 [20] 97


RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA) [21] Gold35,000^
Italy (FIMI) [22] Gold25,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png
United Kingdom (BPI) [23] Silver200,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png

^shipments figures based on certification alone
Double-dagger-14-plain.pngsales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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