” Smile ” by Lily Allen is her debut single taken from the album, Alright, Still. The song was written by Lily, Iyiola Babalola and Darren Lewis.
The song is built around a sample from The Soul Brothers single ” Free Soul ” which gives it a slightly Reggae feel.
” Smile ” was released as the single in 2006 after Lilly signed to Regal Recordings and her popularity on the social networking site MySpace began to gather pace with demo songs proving she had something to offer the pop world.
She released a limited edition of ” LDN ” which is a shorthand spelling for London ( For those of you who are not short text speakers ) and followed that with the release of the single ” Smile “.
The song is about Lily trying to come to terms with the breakup and her boyfriend betraying her, at the same time she takes enjoyment watching him suffer.
While some music critics said it wasn’t the strongest song from the album, some praised it with it mixing melancholy with a type of upbeat Reggae backdrop.
” Smile ” was a commercial success with a number one position in the United Kingdom where it stayed for two weeks. The song also made it into the Top Ten in other countries including Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand and Slovakia.
Elsewhere in Europe the song charted well and reached the Top Forty of most countries. However, Lilly couldn’t quite match the success she enjoyed with the single in the United Kingdom.
On the Dutch Top Forty, the song climbed to number ten, in France, it made it to number sixteen and in Switzerland, the song reached number twenty-one. In New Zealand, ” Smile ” was to do slightly better with a chart placement of number six.
In the United States, the song fared well and went on to reach number forty-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 49
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 14, Austria (Austria Top 40) 40, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 27, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 33, Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 72, Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) 30, Denmark Airplay (Tracklisten) 2, France (SNEP) 16, Germany (Official German Charts) 67, Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 11, Ireland (IRMA) 6, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 10, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 6, Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 2, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 38, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 21
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