5 Colours in Her Hair

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"5 Colours in Her Hair"
5 Colours in Her Hair - McFly cover art.JPG
Single by McFly
from the album Room on the 3rd Floor
Released 29 March 2004
Recorded 2003
Length 2:58
Label Island
Producer(s) Craig Hardy
McFly singles chronology
"5 Colours in Her Hair"

"5 Colours in Her Hair" is the debut single by English pop rock band McFly. It was also the band's first UK number one. It stayed at the top for two weeks.[1] The song was written by Tom Fletcher. The track is especially well known for its "Doo, Doo, Doo, Doo, Doo, Doo!" lyrics, played at the beginning and at the ending of the song. The CD also features a duet with Busted singing a cover of The Kinks song "Lola".

Overall, it spent twelve weeks in the UK Singles Chart. It also reached number seven in Ireland. The song was inspired by Susan Lee, a character played by actress Emily Corrie in the TV series As If, who wore coloured dreadlocks.[2][3] The music itself is indebted to 1960s surf and beat music. The song was also nominated for The Record of the Year in 2004, but finished in second place just one point behind the winner, "Thunderbirds / 3AM" by Busted.

Music video[edit]

McFly shot the video for their debut single "5 Colours in Her Hair" just after Christmas 2003. Simon Amstell recorded an interview and footage behind the scenes for Channel 4 music show, Popworld. The video begins by introducing the band members in a comical style, by getting Danny and Dougie's names wrong. It also features the band messing around at various different scenes, but telling the overall main story about a girl with 5 colours in her hair, who was miserable and living in a black and white world. She then follows them into the TV where she joins the band in a club setting where the band are playing to a crowd. They also shoot various well known scenes as a tribute to their main influences including The Beatles and the Beach Boys. The video was shot in front of a green screen. It starred Molly Portsmouth as the 'Girl with 5 Colours in Her Hair'.

U.S. version[edit]

A remixed version of the song appeared on the Just My Luck album, McFly's debut album in the US. It also features minor lyrical alterations. The song was included on the "Please, Please" single release in the UK, as well as on the All the Greatest Hits deluxe fan edition.[4]

Track listing[edit]

1."5 Colours in Her Hair"2:58
2."Lola" (featuring Busted)4:13
1."5 Colours in Her Hair"3:00
2."Saturday Nite"2:48
3."The Guy Who Turned Her Down"3:58
4."5 Colours in Her Hair (Video)"3:00
UK 7" Picture Disc MCS40357
1."5 Colours in Her Hair"2:58
2."Lola" (featuring Busted)4:13

Charts and certifications[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

In 2014, a cover of the track featured on the release of The Vamps' second single "Wild Heart".


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 697. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "TV teen drama actress joins Navy". BBC News. 8 October 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "CBBC Newsround: HOTSEAT. In the hotseat: McFly". BBC. 3 April 2004. Retrieved 8 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "McBusted Hyde Park". Mcflyofficial.com. Archived from the original on 7 April 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – 5 Colours in Her Hair". Irish Singles Chart.
  6. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  8. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart 2004" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 7 July 2018. 
  9. ^ "British single certifications – McFly – 5 Colours in Her Hair". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 7 July 2018.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter 5 Colours in Her Hair in the search field and then press Enter.
  10. ^ Copsey, Rob (7 April 2017). "McFly's debut single hit Number 1 13 years ago this week". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 April 2017. 

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