"Cloud Number Nine" or "Cloud #9" is a song by Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams from his 1998 album On a Day Like Today. The song was first released on Adams' 1998 album "On a Day Like Today", and is the only place it appears in its original form. This version has somewhat of a country rock feel, and seems inspired by Eagles. It is produced by noted rock producer Bob Rock, and mixed by Adams' long time collaborator Bob Clearmountain.
It was remixed by Chicane into more of a dance pop sound, with synthesizers added, as well as a drum sample from Gota Yashiki's "Groove Activator". It was released as a single in May 1999 in Europe. The single reached #6 in the UK Singles Chart, and became a Top 10 hit in Ibiza. Chicane said upon its release in 1999, he'd turned down a previous offer of remixing a Bryan Adams single, due to lack of time. Chicane later worked with Adams on songs such as "Don't Give Up", "East Side Story", and "She's Got A Way".
Chicane's mix of the song was featured on Bryan Adams' compilation album The Best of Me, however simply titled "Cloud Number Nine". It appeared again on his 2005 Anthology album, this time titled correctly as "Cloud Number Nine (Chicane Mix)". The Chicane Mix has become the standard live version for Bryan. In 2000, Chicane joined Bryan onstage to perform this song and "Don't Give It Up".
The demo for this song was released as a B-side to the single "The Best Of Me", in late 1999, and shows a significantly different arrangement from the later versions. It features a beat clearly inspired by Max Martin's previous work for Backstreet Boys and Ace Of Base. The Max Martin-type computerized drum beat has been replaced by actual drumming on the album version and by a sample of Yashiki on the Chicane Mix. The Bascome Mix, however, is more closely to the demo version, using the arrangement of the album version with a similar beat as heard on the demo. It is presumed that the Bascombe Mix was actually meant to be the single version, but Adams changed his mind after being impressed by Chicane's remix.
The music video made for this single, features mainly the color white. Bryan is dressed in all white, in a white room with an Asian woman who is body painted all white. Various images and things that are white are featured in the video such as milk, white paint, eggs, a dove, and a white dog. The video contains several elements seen in Adams' previous music video, "When You're Gone" - most notably the tape recorder and the apples. While being reviewed on the Saturday morning show Alive & Kicking on BBC 1, dance producer Norman Cook commented: "The most positive thing I can say about it, is that it's very white.