"This Is the Life" is a song by Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald from her 2007 album of the same name. It was released on 10 December 2007 in the United Kingdom, and in April 2008 in most of European countries, becoming a major hit worldwide. It has so far been Macdonald's most successful single, topping six charts and reaching the top ten in 11 charts around the world. The music video consists of pictures of Macdonald and her friends' night out.

The song was used in a 2010 advert for the Fiat 500 shown across Europe.[1] It was also used in the early 2011 as an advert in Norway and re-entered the chart directly at number one. It is also used as an opening theme for a Polish television series True Law.

The track was also released in the US on a vinyl 45 rpm single (Decca UCGR-00199-1) with unique picture sleeve, backed with "Let's Start a Band."

Charts performances

The song was first released in late 2007, but achieved a moderate success, peaking at number twenty-eight on the UK Singles Chart. In 2008, it was then successively released in many European countries, achieving huge success on The Dutch Mega Top 50 and the Dutch Top 40 where it became the biggest hit of 2008 and the best selling single for a female artist, the Ultratop 50 (Belgium Flanders), the Ultratop 40 (Belgium Wallonia), and on FIMI (Italian) chart, the German Singles Chart and the SNEP (France) chart, where it was #2. The song was also high ranked on the airplay and digital charts and had a long run in Austria, Switzerland and Belgium (Wallonia).

In Spain the song had a long run in the singles chart in 2009, peaking at #3 in the official Spanish Singles Chart compiled by PROMUSICAE, and being certified 2x Platinum with sales of over 80,000 units.

Track listings

CD single
  1. "This Is the Life" – 3:05
  2. "This Much Is True" – 2:44
Digital download
  1. "This Is the Life" – 3:05
  2. "This Is the Life" (acoustic version) – 3:06

Charts and sales

Certifications and sales

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Region Certification Certified units/sales
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Italy (FIMI)[43] Gold Expression error: Unrecognized punctuation character "[".*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[44] 2× Platinum Expression error: Missing operand for *.^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[45] Gold 15,000^

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

Chart successions

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Dutch Top 40 number-one single
7 June 2008 – 14 June 2008
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Belgian (Flanders) number-one single
28 June 2008 – 6 September 2008
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Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single (first run)
19 July 2008 – 23 August 2008
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Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single (second run)
6 September 2008 – 13 September 2008
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Ö3 Austria Top 40 number-one single
1 October 2008 – 23 October 2008
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Czech Airplay Top 100
15 December 2008 – 29 December 2008
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References

  1. Amy-Macdonald.de (in German)
  2. "Script error: No such module "WLink".&titel=Script error: No such module "WLink".&cat=s Austriancharts.at – Amy MacDonald – This Is the Life" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  3. "Script error: No such module "WLink".&titel=Script error: No such module "WLink".&cat=s Ultratop.be – Amy MacDonald – This Is the Life" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  4. "Script error: No such module "WLink".&titel=Script error: No such module "WLink".&cat=s Ultratop.be – Amy MacDonald – This Is the Life" (in French). Ultratop 50.
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  19. "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  20. 2008 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at Script error: No such module "webarchive". (Retrieved 1 January 2009)
  21. 2008 Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved 26 December 2008)
  22. 2008 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved 26 December 2008)
  23. 2008 Dutch Singles Charts Dutchcharts.nl (Retrieved 29 December 2008)
  24. 2008 Eurochart Hot 100 Billboard.com (Retrieved 26 December 2008)
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External links

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