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Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself

Jess Glynne

Album I Cry When I Laugh

Story of Song

A break up with a girl is the inspiration behind ‘Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself’. In an interview with MTV News, Jess Glynne told the story behind it, saying: “When I was meeting my publisher, managers and label and everything was happening for me, I was going through a really hard time. I had my heart broken and I was in a dark place. It was even harder because my dreams were coming true and I had to put a smile on my face every day and power through. This is the message of the song: To not let sadness defeat you.” The song is meant to encourage people to take risks in life and to get back up when they fall. Even in the video, it shows Jess walking through a seemingly economically challenged neighborhood, while a back story of a father teaching his son how to play the drums and helping him follow his dreams.

Release date

Released on August 14, 2015


Tom Barnes – Jessica Glynne – Wayne Hector – Peter Kelleher – Ben kohn


Warner Music – Atlantic

Chart Rankings

US – 1

UK – 1


It is Jess Glynne’s fifth number 1 song. The single topped the charts in Belgium, Scotland and the UK, while making it to the top 10 chart in Australia, Hungary and New Zealand. It never made it to the US Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 1 in Europe on the Euro Digital Songs. It was certified Gold in Italy and the UK, and Platinum in Australia. The song never made it to the UK Billboard Hot 100.

Artist’s age on release date

Jess Glynne was 26 years old when she released this song.

Cover Versions

Very few amateur artists covered this song on YouTube.

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