"Don't Know Why" is a song written by Jesse Harris which originally appeared on his 1999 album, Jesse Harris & the Ferdinandos. It was the second single by American singer-songwriter Norah Jones from her debut studio album Come Away with Me (2002). Although Jones's version only peaked at number thirty on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, it was a critical success for her that helped 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 hit internationally and reached Top 10 in several countries. The song charted at 459 in Blender magazine's 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born.
A music video directed by Anastasia Simone and Ian Spencer was released in 2002.
- Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny played "Don't Know Why" on his 2003 solo album One Quiet Night.
- Smokey Robinson covered the song on his 2009 solo album Time Flies When You're Having Fun.
- Aya Matsuura covered the song for her album Naked Songs.
- Ken Hirai: Japanese R&B singer performed the song on his album of covers entitled Ken's Bar.
- The Japanese jazz/soul/R&B singer Juju included the cover on her single "Donna ni tokutemo" as a B-side.
- Vania Borges covered the song on the compilation album Rhythms del Mundo.
- Aliya Parcs covered the song on the compilation album Jam and Jive.
- It was featured on the video game Karaoke Revolution as a cover.
- 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.
- Jazz fusion/contemporary jazz pianist David Benoit covered the song from his 2003 album Right Here, Right Now.
- Kenny G also covered his version together with American jazz pianist David Benoit on Kenny G's 2004 album At Last...The Duets Album.
- British soul singer Kenny Thomas covered the song on his 2006 album Crazy World.
- Saxophonist Jimmy Sommers covered the song on his 2007 release Time Stands Still.
- Asaro and Wolcott covered the song on their 2010 EP Goodbye Note.
- Martin Taylor included this song on his album The Valley, and in a number of concerts including his performance at The Stables on the day John Dankworth died.
- George Benson included this song on his 2011 album Guitar Man.
- Go West included this song during their joint tour with Tony Hadley in 2004.
- Korean jazz duo Winterplay covered the song for their 2010 album Touche Mon Amour.
- Adrienne Hindmarsh covered the song for her 2012 album Jazz Moods.
"Don't Know Why"
"Don't Know Why" / "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"
|US Billboard Hot 100
- WYEP Live and Direct: Volume 4 – On Air Performances (2002)
|"Smooth"* by Santana (Rodney Holmes, Tony Lindsay, Karl Perazzo, Raul Rekow, Benny Rietveld, Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson) featuring Rob Thomas|
engineered/mixed by David Thoener, produced by Matt Serletic (2000)
|"Beautiful Day"* by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr.)|
engineered/mixed by Richard Rainey & Steve Lillywhite; produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois (2001)
|"Walk On" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen, Jr.)|
engineered/mixed by Richard Rainey & Steve Lillywhite; produced by Brian Eno & Daniel Lanois (2002)
|"Don't Know Why"* by Norah Jones|
engineered/mixed by Jay Newland; produced by Arif Mardin, Jay Newland & Norah Jones (2003)
|"Clocks" by Coldplay (Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion, Phil Harvey, Chris Martin)|
engineered/mixed by Coldplay, Ken Nelson & Mark Phythian; produced by Coldplay & Ken Nelson (2004)
|"Here We Go Again" by Ray Charles and Norah Jones|
engineered/mixed by Al Schmitt, Mark Fleming, & Terry Howard; produced by John R. Burk (2005)
|"Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day (Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Frank Edwin Wright III)|
engineered/mixed by Chris Lord-Alge & Doug McKean, produced by Green Day & Rob Cavallo (2006)
|"Not Ready to Make Nice"* by Dixie Chicks (Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison)|
engineered/mixed by Chris Testa, Jim Scott & Richard Dodd; produced by Rick Rubin (2007)
|"Rehab"* by Amy Winehouse|
engineered/mixed by Tom Elmhirst, Vaughan Merrick, Dom Morley, Mark Ronson & Gabriel Roth; produced by Mark Ronson (2008)
|"Please Read the Letter" by Alison Krauss and Robert Plant|
engineered/mixed by Mike Piersante; produced by T Bone Burnett (2009)
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- Itaal Shur & Rob Thomas - "Smooth"
- Adam Clayton, David Evans, Larry Mullen, Jr. & Paul Hewson - "Beautiful Day"
- Alicia Keys - "Fallin'"
- Jesse Harris - "Don't Know Why"
- Richard Marx & Luther Vandross - "Dance with My Father"
- John Mayer - "Daughters"
- Adam Clayton, David Evans, Larry Mullen, Jr. & Paul Hewson - "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own"
- Emily Burns Erwin, Martha Maguire, Natalie Maines Pasdar & Dan Wilson - "Not Ready to Make Nice"
- Amy Winehouse - "Rehab"
- Guy Berryman, Jonathan Buckland, William Champion & Christopher Martin - "Viva la Vida"