No Surprise (Daughtry song)

No Surprise (Daughtry song)
"No Surprise"
Single by Daughtry
from the album Leave This Town
B-side "Back Again"
Released May 5, 2009
Format CD, digital
Recorded September 2008–March 2009 in Los Angeles, California
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 4:29 (album version)
4:00 (radio edit)
4:10 (radio edit #2)
Label RCA
Writer(s) Chris Daughtry, Chad Kroeger, Eric Dill, Rune Westberg
Daughtry singles chronology
"What About Now"
"No Surprise"
"Life After You"

"No Surprise" is the first single from Daughtry's second album Leave This Town. The band first performed the song live on American Idol on Wednesday, May 6, 2009.[1] Chris Daughtry wrote this song with Chad Kroeger from Nickelback, along with Eric Dill[2][3] and Rune Westberg.[4]



The band began streaming "No Surprise", on their official website, on the evening of May 6, 2009.[5] The song was made available on iTunes May 5, and was officially sent for adds at Mainstream Top 40 radio on May 26, 2009.

The album version features an extra verse towards the end, "The kiss goodnight, it comes with me/Both wrong and right, our memories/The whispering before we sleep/Just one more thing that you can't keep".

Chart performance

"No Surprise" debuted at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 the chart week of May 23, 2009. It is the band's highest debut to date on the chart, fueled by strong first week digital sales of 106,000[6]. It is also the band's fifth top twenty hit on the Hot 100, and their highest charting song since "Home". In addition, it debuted at #39 on the Adult Top 40 chart with less than a week of airplay. For the week of August 27, the song hit number-one, becoming the band's fourth number-one single on the Adult Top 40. Only Nickelback has more number ones with five.[7]

On the Canadian Hot 100, "No Surprise" debuted at #13, also making it their fifth top twenty hit there. In the Oceania, it has reached #24 in New Zealand and #34 in Australia.


Chart (2009) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 34[8]
Canadian Hot 100 13[9]
New Zealand Singles Chart 22[10]
Swedish Singles Chart 35[11]
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 15[12]
U.S. Billboard Pop Songs 9[13]
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 4[14]
U.S. Billboard Adult Pop Songs 1

End of year charts

Charts (2009) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[15] 63


United States: 1,201,000[16]

Music video

The video begins with a guy trying to sign up for a mining job, but fails. Meanwhile a girl works at a diner and accidentally spills soda on a female customer when a guy behind accidentally bumps into her. Her boss starts yelling at her and fires her; she can then be seen walking out of the diner and throwing her apron to the ground.

The next camera shot is at the couple's home, their neighbor is leaving for a musical gig. Both argue about their foreclosure of their home. The final segment begins the next morning when the man wakes up and leaves. The girl wakes up and is unable to find him. The video concludes with the girl looking around town (alternating shots between the band and her running through town and bumping into a guy) then, finally, sitting down on the ground, leaning against a big rock wondering what will happen next and the camera pans out and the viewer can see that the couple are sitting on opposite sides of the large boulder, while in the video Chris and his band performs at the mining area. The video was directed by Nathan Cox.


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