Belong to the World

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"Belong to the World"
Single by The Weeknd
from the album Kiss Land
Released July 16, 2013 (2013-07-16)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
Genre Synth-pop
Length 5:07
  • DannyBoyStyles
  • The Weeknd
  • DaHeala
The Weeknd singles chronology
"Kiss Land"
"Belong to the World"
"Odd Look (Remix)"

"Kiss Land"
"Belong to the World"
"Odd Look (Remix)"
Music video
"Belong to the World" on YouTube

"Belong to the World" is a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd from his debut studio album Kiss Land (2013). The song was released as the album's second single on July 16, 2013.

Background and lyrics[edit]

On July 6, 2013, The Weeknd unveiled "Belong to the World" to the general public at the Mod Club Theatre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[1] The song's lyrics revolve around falling in love with the wrong person and are about a serious relationship that The Weeknd once had.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Belong to the World" was first released on July 15, 2013 via MTV.[3] It was later uploaded to The Weeknd's Vevo account on YouTube the day following on July 16, 2013. The video is set in Japan and was directed by Anthony Mandler. It has so far been viewed over 15 million times.


The song gained some controversy due to Geoff Barrow of Portishead accusing The Weeknd of allegedly sampling the drums used in their song "Machine Gun" without their permission.[4]


Chart (2013) Peak
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (Billboard)[5] 7
US Hot R&B Songs (Billboard)[6] 22

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label(s) Ref
Worldwide July 16, 2013 Digital download [7]