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Apologize (Song)

For the song by Hollywood Undead, see American Tragedy (album).
Dreaming Out Loud
Released 2006 (original release)
November 6, 2007 (digital re-release)
Recorded 2006
Genre Alternative rock, cello rock, R&B
Length 3:31
Label Mosley, Interscope
Writer(s) Ryan Tedder
Producer Greg Wells
OneRepublic singles chronology

"Stop and Stare"
Audio sample

"Apologize" (marketed in many countries using the British English spelling "Apologise") is a song written by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder for OneRepublic's debut album Dreaming Out Loud. A remix version was included on the Timbaland album, Shock Value and on the deluxe version of Dreaming Out Loud. The song was the biggest radio airplay hit in the history of the Pop Songs radio in North America, with 10,394 plays in one week, until its record was broken by Leona Lewis's "Bleeding Love", which was also co-written by Tedder.[1] The song was a major hit internationally, reaching number one in 16 countries, including Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Sweden, Turkey, and the Netherlands, as well as staying at number one for eight consecutive weeks on the Billboard Pop 100 chart. The song charted in the Top Three on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent 13 weeks at number one in Canada.[2] "Apologize" was ranked number 50 on the list of the Billboard Hot 100's All-Time Top Songs list from the chart's first 50 years. It spent 25 consecutive weeks in the Top 10, the longest stay there for any song since "Smooth" by Santana, which spent 30 weeks in 1999.[3] It was also ranked number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade.[4] It is OneRepublic's biggest hit single in the United States to date.

Music video

The original music video for the song, which was not officially released, features sepia-toned, grainy footage of Tedder playing the piano and singing.

Timbaland version

Shock Value
Released September 17, 2007
(see release history)
Recorded 2006–2007
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 3:04
Label Interscope
Writer(s) Ryan Tedder
Producer Greg Wells, Ryan Tedder, Timbaland
Certification 3x Platinum (RIAA)[5]
2x Platinum (ARIA, IFPI SWE)
Gold (IFPI Belgium)
Timbaland singles chronology

"Ayo Technology"

Music video

Timbaland re-remixed the song for his second studio album, Shock Value. This version, also produced by Greg Wells, included an extra line of percussion and added sound samples, in addition to Auto-Tune sound mixing and various other minor changes.

Music video

An official video associated with the remix was filmed on September 19, 2007 and released in early October.[6] The video premiered on VH1's Top 20 Countdown on October 27, 2007. The video was directed by Robert Hales and was shot in a recording studio showing Ryan Tedder and the other band members performing the song. The video also includes scenes from a New Year's Eve countdown party, starring actor Brian A. Pollack.[7] In a third version of the video, also directed by Robert Hales and associated with the remix, Timbaland is shown remixing the song while the camera circles OneRepublic as they perform.[8] A European version of the video features clips of the film Keinohrhasen, starring Til Schweiger. A Japanese version of the video was also made available for a short time. It features the same footage as the original but has more scenes from different angles of the camera. It also features footage of people falling and floating in the air in slow motion.

Chart performance

"Apologize" was OneRepublic's breakout hit and first number one hit. In the United States, "Apologize" peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 for four non-consecutive weeks, first blocked from the top spot for two weeks by Chris Brown's "Kiss Kiss" and then for two weeks by Alicia Keys' "No One". It spent 11 weeks at number three and 25 weeks inside the Top 10 and peaked at number three for 10 weeks on the Hot 100 Airplay. It also topped the Billboard Pop 100 and became the third single from Shock Value to have topped the chart. It also became the album's first number one single on the Billboard Adult Top 40. It is also the second consecutive single from Shock Value to reach number one on the US Mainstream Top 40 radio. It became only the tenth song to sell over 5 million by May 2011 in the US,[9] and by September 2012 it had sold 5,456,000 copies.[10]

In the UK, "Apologize" climbed to number 32 on the strength of digital downloads alone, and peaked at number three. The song spent 28 consecutive weeks in the Top 40 and 13 weeks in the Top 10. The song ended 2007 as the year's sixteenth biggest selling single in Britain.[11] In Australia, the single debuted at number 10 on the ARIA Singles Chart, and peaked at number one. It stayed at the top for eight consecutive weeks, and was certified 4x Platinum by ARIA.[12][13] The song reached number one on both the Canadian Hot 100 and New Zealand RIANZ Chart. It is the most downloaded single of all time in Australia and New Zealand. On Billboard's official European Hot 100 Singles chart, the song debuted at number 16, making it the highest debut chart position of any new act in the history of the chart. It later entered the Top 10. The song went gold in Russia with 100,000 copies sold.[14]

In Germany, the song was downloaded 437,000 times, making it the third best-selling download single of all time behind Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" and Lena Meyer-Landrut's "Satellite".[15]

Track listing

CD single #1 (UK & Europe)
  1. "Apologize" (Timbaland Remix) - 3:04
  2. "Give It To Me" (Laugh At 'Em) (Remix Radio Edit) (ft. Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z) - 3:16
CD single #2 (UK & Europe)
  1. "Apologize" (Timbaland Remix) - 3:04
  2. "Apologize" - 3:27
  3. "The Way I Are" (OneRepublic Remix) (ft. Keri Hilson) - 4:03
  4. "Apologize" (Music Video) - 3:10
Australian CD single
  1. "Apologize" (Timbaland Remix) - 3:04
  2. "Apologize" - 3:27
All Ends CD single
  1. Single (Apologize), Released date : 10 October 2008 - GUN Records

Release history

Region Date
United States September 17, 2007
Netherlands October 20, 2007
United Kingdom October 29, 2007
Europe November 9, 2007
Australia November 19, 2007


  • Ryan Tedder – lead, backing, harmony and background vocals, piano
  • Zach Filkins – lead guitar, viola
  • Drew Brown – keyboards, rhythm guitar, glockenspiel
  • Eddie Fisher – drums, percussion
  • Brent Kutzle – cello


  • Luke Bryan covered "Apologize" on Doin' My Thing
  • Taylor Swift covered "Apologize" on her Speak Now: World Tour Live
  • Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation covered the song as part of their weekly radio promos for their 15-year anniversary show, Elements. The song is also featured on their cover album The Q-Music Sessions.
  • Swedish alternative metal band All Ends covered the song on their album All Ends.
  • Canadian post-hardcore band Silverstein covered the song on the Punk Goes Pop 2 compilation album.
  • American pro League of Legends player Chaox covered the song at his youtube channel.



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