Like I Can

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"Like I Can"
Sam Smith Like I Can.png
Single by Sam Smith
from the album In the Lonely Hour
Released 5 December 2014
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre
Length 2:47
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Sam Smith singles chronology
"I'm Not the Only One"
(2014)
"Like I Can"
(2014)
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
(2014)
"I'm Not the Only One"
(2014)
"Like I Can"
(2014)
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
(2014)

"Like I Can" is a song by English singer Sam Smith. It was released as a digital download on 5 December 2014 as the fifth single from his debut studio album, In the Lonely Hour (2014), the song was written by Smith and Matt Prime and produced by Steve Fitzmaurice, Jimmy Napes and Mojam. It debuted and peaked at number 9 in the United Kingdom, becoming Smith's fifth UK top 10 single.

Background[edit]

On 24 October 2014, Smith announced via his Google+ page that he would be releasing "Like I Can" as the fifth single from his debut album In the Lonely Hour, he posted, "Incredibly happy to announce that my next single will be LIKE I CAN!!"[1]

Inspiration[edit]

A young man speaking so candidly about love and loneliness, the song was used to describe painful, loneliness that love bring back to a man's unavoidable desire for love and minimize the painful emotion was throughout this song.

Commercial performance[edit]

"Like I Can" peaked at number nine on the UK Singles Chart so far, giving Smith his fifth UK top 10 single. It was the 100th biggest-selling song of 2014 in the United Kingdom,[2] it has also charted at number 19 in New Zealand, number 20 in Australia, and number 99 in the United States.

Music video[edit]

The music video is in black and white and features Smith and several men on what appears to be a stag party.[3]

Live performances[edit]

Smith performed the song on 9 November 2014, on the fifth live results show of series 11 of The X Factor.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download – EP
No. Title Length
1. "Like I Can" (Radio Mix) 2:47
2. "Like I Can" (Artful Remix) 4:34
3. "Like I Can" (Jonas Rathsman Remix) 7:00
4. "Like I Can" (iLL BLU Remix) 6:30

Covers[edit]

12 October 2015, Jordan Smith and Regina Love covered as a duet battle through song choice selection in The Voice.

25 February 2016, Trent Harmon covered the song during the Top 10 round on the fifteenth season of American Idol.

24 October 2016, Dave Moisan sang this song during the knockout rounds The Voice.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Australia[54] 5 December 2014 Digital download
Ireland[55]
United Kingdom[56] 7 December 2014
Belgium[57] 8 December 2014
Italy[58] 27 February 2015 Mainstream radio Universal
United States[59] 19 May 2015 Mainstream radio Capitol
Rhythmic radio

References[edit]

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  52. ^ "British single certifications – Sam Smith – Like I Can". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 18 September 2015.  Enter Like I Can in the search field and then press Enter.
  53. ^ "American single certifications – Sam Smith – Like I Can". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 8 September 2017.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
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