Bottle It Up

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"Bottle It Up"
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Single by Sara Bareilles
from the album Little Voice
Released March 10, 2008
Recorded 2007
Genre Pop rock
  • 3:01 (album version)
  • 3:21 (radio edit)
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Sara Bareilles
Producer(s) Eric Rosse
Sara Bareilles singles chronology
"Love Song"
"Bottle It Up"
"Winter Song"

"Love Song"
"Bottle It Up"
"Winter Song"

"Bottle It Up" is a song by American singer and songwriter Sara Bareilles. Written by Bareilles and produced by Eric Rosse, it was released as the second single from her 2007 album Little Voice on March 10, 2008. Following its release, it reached became a top twenty hit on the Billboard Adult Alternative Songs and Adult Top 40 charts, peaking at numbers 16 and 15 respectively, while also reaching the top forty in the Netherlands. On August 20, 2013, the song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of over 500,000 copies.[1]


Bareilles has stated that she wrote "Bottle It Up" prior to her signing to Epic Records[2] in about 2003, while pondering about the potential consequences of signing to a record label, along with her "hopes and fears about what it would feel like."[3] She discarded the unfinished song until a year prior to the recording of her album Little Voice, when the song, as she said, "spoke to me again and sort of wrote itself as it was the answer to all my worries and I wrote it for love and it put to rest a lot of anxieties I had previously."[3]

In an interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, she further explained that the song's lyrical content focuses on the music business and, more specifically, the struggles of being an artist with a record contract, stating: "Before I had a record deal, I wrote that song about what it would be like to have a record deal, and the struggles of how do you become an artist who feels like they haven't quote/unquote 'sold out,' and how do you stay true to your art and figure out how to make a living from it... The chorus says it all: 'I do it for love.' Music – and particularly songwriting – for me is such a passion, it’s a very sacred thing for me."[2]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for "Bottle It Up" was directed by Marcos Siega and released on April 9, 2008.[4] The video features Bareilles with a piano in different settings, and stated that the video is meant to symbolize how music is an important part of people's lives.

Track listing[edit]

  • CD single (United Kingdom)[5]
  1. "Bottle It Up" (radio edit) – 3:21
  2. "In Your Eyes" (live) – 5:24


Chart (2008) Peak
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[6] 33
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[7] 7
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[8] 16
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[9] 15
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[10] 31


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[1] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States March 10, 2008 Adult album alternative radio[11] Epic
April 21, 2008 Hot adult contemporary radio[12]
April 29, 2008 Contemporary hit radio[13]
United Kingdom September 29, 2008 Compact disc[5]


  1. ^ a b "American single certifications – Sara Bareilles – Bottle It Up". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH 
  2. ^ a b Bream, Jon (April 10, 2008). "Music: Sara Bareilles' chilly love songs". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Harrison, Ruth (October 2, 2008). "Sara Bareilles bottles it up". Female First. First Active Media. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ Gottlieb, Steven (February 22, 2008). "Booked: Sara Bareilles – Marcos Siega, director"". Video Static. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Bottle It Up by Sara Bareilles". Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Sara Bareilles" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved January 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Sara Bareilles Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  8. ^ "Sara Bareilles Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  9. ^ "Sara Bareilles Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  10. ^ "Sara Bareilles Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 23, 2014.
  11. ^ "Triple A (Week Of: March 10, 2008)". Radio & Records. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Hot AC (Week Of: April 21, 2008)". Radio & Records. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ "CHR – Available for Airplay". FMQB. Retrieved January 4, 2015. 

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