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Don't Know Why

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"Don't Know Why"
Don't Know Why (Norah Jones single - cover art).jpg
Single by Norah Jones
from the album Come Away with Me
ReleasedJanuary 28, 2002 (2002-01-28)
LabelBlue 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"
Cover art for "Don't Know Why" / "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"
Audio sample
Music video
"Don't Know Why" on YouTube

"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 the song was the debut single of American singer Norah Jones from her debut studio album, Come Away with Me (2002).

Jones' version of "Don't Know Why" was released on January 28, 2002, peaked at number 30 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was a critical success. 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. "Don't Know Why" was also a modest hit abroad, reaching number five in Australia, number 24 in New Zealand, and number 59 in the United Kingdom. The song was ranked number 459 in Blender magazine's "500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born".[3]

Jones' piano-playing has been compared to that of Floyd Cramer, having a "style and grace, a musical maturity not found in many keyboard players today."[4][5][6]

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.




Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[25] Gold 35,000^
Italy (FIMI)[26] Gold 25,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] Silver 200,000double-dagger

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States January 28, 2002 (2002-01-28) Triple A radio Blue Note [28]
United Kingdom May 13, 2002 (2002-05-13) CD Parlophone [29]
United States June 24, 2002 (2002-06-24) Hot adult contemporary radio Blue Note [30]
August 5, 2002 (2002-08-05) Contemporary hit radio [31]
Australia February 24, 2003 (2003-02-24) CD Parlophone [32]


  • The children's television show Sesame Street parodied the song with Jones playing the song at a piano about the letter Y being missing and Elmo appears later with her, joining in singing the song.
  • The sketch comedy show MADtv parodied the song in a commercial for the fictitious album Monotonous. The joke of the sketch is that the song sets the mood for wild parties despite its slow pace.



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  2. ^
  3. ^ "The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born: 51-100 Article on Blender :: The Ultimate Guide to Music and More". March 6, 2009. Archived from the original on March 6, 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2016.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  4. ^ "'Norah Jones' Articles at know your music". know your music.
  5. ^ "Come Away With Me Has Never Sounded Better". Analog Planet. January 17, 2003.
  6. ^ "Who's Floyd Cramer?". Magnolia Banner News. November 28, 2017.
  7. ^ " – Norah Jones – Don't Know Why". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  8. ^ " – Norah Jones – Don't Know Why" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  9. ^ "HR Top 20 Lista". Croatian Radiotelevision. Archived from the original on April 24, 2003. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  10. ^ " – Norah Jones – Don't Know Why" (in French). Les classement single.
  11. ^ " – Norah Jones – Don't Know Why" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts.
  12. ^ " – Norah Jones – Don't Know Why" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  13. ^ " – Norah Jones – Don't Know Why". Top 40 Singles.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  15. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  17. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  18. ^ "Norah Jones Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Norah Jones Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Norah Jones Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  21. ^ "Norah Jones Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  22. ^ "Norah Jones Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  23. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Singles for 2003". ARIA. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  24. ^ "2003 Year End Charts". Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  25. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2003 Singles" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  26. ^ "Italian single   certifications – Norah Jones – Don't Know Why" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved February 22, 2019. Select "2016" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Don't Know Why" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli" under "Sezione".
  27. ^ "British single   certifications – Norah Jones – Don't Know Why/I'll Be Your Baby Tonight". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  28. ^ "Going for Adds" (PDF). Radio & Records. No. 1437. January 25, 2002. p. 31. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  29. ^ "Don't Know Why". Amazon. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
  30. ^ "Going for Adds" (PDF). Radio & Records. No. 1458. June 21, 2002. p. 33. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  31. ^ "Going for Adds" (PDF). Radio & Records. No. 1464. August 2, 2002. p. 31. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  32. ^ "The ARIA Report: New Releases Singles – Week Commencing 24th February 2003" (PDF). ARIA. February 24, 2003. p. 24. Retrieved May 8, 2021.
  33. ^ Komonibo, Ineye (December 5, 2019). "The Butterfly On The Masked Singer Was Revealed — & It Was The Show's Most Touching Moment". Refinery29. Retrieved December 5, 2019.

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