The year is 2005, you turn on the radio, "You're Beautiful" by James Blunt
is playing. You feel the emotions, the unrequited love, and sense loss. 'No, you're beautiful' you might think, as the bummer ballad comes to a soft close.
Then you turn on the TV, two prime time drama stars are staring passionately at each other…"You're Beautiful" plays in the background. A commercial comes on, so does, "You're Beautiful." You run to the movies looking for an escape, but "You're Beautiful" has followed you and starts playing as two movie stars hold hands and cry. You run into the lobby, but even then the man standing next to you is humming "You're Beautiful"…
Nine years ago James Blunt's, now classic, sad song had successfully penetrated every aspect of popular culture, and nine years seems to have been enough time for even James Blunt to admit that his mega hit is incredibly annoying. Despite it's success–the track topped Billboard's charts, sold over 3 million copies, and went double platinum–Blunt recently told Hello!
Magazine that "[It] was force-fed down people's throats...and it became annoying."
For the British singer the most impact the song had was on his image. "The marketing also painted me as an insanely serious person, an earnest person and, as all my friends know, I'm anything but," he said. With his most recent album having been released a year ago, Blunt is looking for the silver lining in the dark rain clouds that hovered over him in that super sappy music video. "I have a couple of over-emotional miserable songs that I'm known for," he admitted, "But I think it's turned that corner now." If you forgot what this song sounds like, or just want to see a hot guy cry shirtless in the rain, check out the video here: