Joyride (Roxette song)

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"Joyride"
Joyride (single).jpg
Single by Roxette
from the album Joyride
B-side "Come Back (Before You Leave)"
Released 27 February 1991
Format
Recorded 1990
Studio EMI Studios, Stockholm
Genre
Length 4:00
Label EMI
Songwriter(s) Per Gessle
Producer(s) Clarence Öfwerman
Roxette singles chronology
"It Must Have Been Love"
(1990)
"Joyride"
(1991)
"Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)"
(1991)
"It Must Have Been Love"
(1990)
"Joyride"
(1991)
"Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)"
(1991)
Music video
"Joyride" on YouTube

"Joyride" is a song by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. Written by Per Gessle, it was released as the lead single from their third studio album, Joyride (1991), the follow-up to the duo's highly successful second studio album, Look Sharp! (1988). It became one of Roxette's biggest hits, and was one of the most successful singles of 1991, topping record charts across Europe, as well as in Australia, Canada and the United States.

Recording and release[edit]

Per Gessle has said that the opening line of the song was inspired by a note his girlfriend (now wife) left on his piano, which read: "Hej, du dåre, jag älskar dig" ("Hello, you fool, I love you").[1] The Beatles' former tour manager Dave Edwards is credited with narration on the song, and its title was derived from an interview in which Paul McCartney suggested writing songs with John Lennon was "a long joyride".[2]

Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Chipettes covered "Joyride" for their 1991 album The Chipmunks Rock the House. During the 1994 Stanley Cup playoffs, the song was used as the intro music of the Vancouver Canucks as they took to the ice before each game.[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song became one of the duo's biggest hits, and was one of the most successful singles of 1991,[3] it was their first number one single in their home country,[4] and their first platinum-certified single there.[5] It also topped the charts in numerous other territories, including Austria, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Switzerland, the song spent eight weeks at number one in Germany,[6] where it was certified gold by the Bundesverband Musikindustrie for sales in excess of 250,000 copies.[7] "Joyride" peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart, their second-highest chart placing there—behind top three hit "It Must Have Been Love".[8]

The song spent three weeks atop the Australian Singles Chart,[9] and was certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association for shipments in excess of 70,000 units. It went on to remain one of the top ten-best selling singles of the year in that country,[10] it was their fourth and last number one single on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.[11] It also topped the national RPM singles chart in Canada,[12] where it was certified gold by Music Canada (formerly the Canadian Recording Industry Association) for shipments in excess of 50,000 units,[13] and nominated for a Juno Award in 1992 for Best Selling Single by a Foreign Artist.[14]

Formats and track listings[edit]

All songs written and composed by Per Gessle.

  • Cassette and 7" single (Sweden 1364002 · UK TCEM177 · US 4JM-50342)
  1. "Joyride" (7" Version) – 3:58
  2. "Come Back (Before You Leave)" – 4:34
  • 12" single (Sweden 1364006 · Germany 1C-060-1364006)
  1. "Joyride" (12" Version / magicfriendmix) – 6:08
  2. "Joyride" (7" Version) – 3:58
  3. "Come Back (Before You Leave) – 4:34
  • CD single (Sweden 1364002 · UK CDEM177)
  1. "Joyride" (7" Version) – 3:58
  2. "Come Back (Before You Leave)" – 4:34
  3. "Joyride" (12" Version / magicfriendmix) – 6:08
  4. "Joyride" (US Remix) – 4:04

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[10] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[44] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Gold 5,000^
Germany (BVMI)[7] Gold 250,000^
Sweden (GLF)[5] Platinum 50,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! liner notes.". Archived from the original on March 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Once Upon a Time in the Top Spot: Roxette, "Joyride"". Rhino Entertainment. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Songs from the Year 1991". tsort.info. Retrieved 28 December 2016. 
  4. ^ David Weber (13 April 2012). "Drive's Musical Man of Mystery David Weber on Roxette". ABC. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
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  8. ^ a b "Roxette: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  9. ^ Gavin Ryan (3 August 2013). "ARIA Singles Report: Avicii Is Longest Number One Swedish Act Since Roxette". Noise11. Paul Cashmere. Retrieved 14 November 2016. 
  10. ^ a b c "ARIA End Of Year Singles 1991 | Top 50 Australian Singles Chart". ARIA Charts. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
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  13. ^ a b "Canadian single certifications – Roxette – Joyride". Music Canada. 
  14. ^ "Awards | The JUNO Awards". Juno Award. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  15. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Roxette – Joyride". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Roxette – Joyride" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
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  18. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1510." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  19. ^ "Finnish album charts 1966-1995: Huhtikuu 1991 April". Suomen Albumi Listat. Retrieved 8 September 2016. 
  20. ^ "Lescharts.com – Roxette – Joyride" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
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  22. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Roxette". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
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  28. ^ "Lista Przebojów Trójki - Polskie Radio Online: Notowanie nr484 - 31 maja 1991". Polskie Radio (in Polish). 31 May 1991. Retrieved 10 January 2017. 
  29. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
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  33. ^ "Roxette – Chart history" Billboard Radio Songs for Roxette. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
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Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Crazy" by Seal
Swedish number-one single
January 13, 1991 - April 24, 1991 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wind of Change" by Scorpions
Preceded by
"Do the Bartman" by The Simpsons
Norwegian VG-lista number-one single
11/1991 - 17/1991 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" by Cher
Preceded by
"Crazy" by Seal
European Hot 100 Singles number-one single
March 23, 1991 - May 25, 1991 (10 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wind of Change" by Scorpions
Preceded by
"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C & C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams
Austrian number-one single
March 31, 1991 - June 2, 1991 (10 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The One and Only" by Chesney Hawkes
Preceded by
"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams
German number-one single
April 5, 1991 - May 24, 1991 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wind of Change" by Scorpions
Preceded by
"Crazy" by Seal
Swiss number-one single (first run)
April 7, 1991 - May 19, 1991 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wind of Change" by Scorpions
Preceded by
"Unfinished Sympathy" by Massive Attack
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
April 13, 1991 - April 20, 1991 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Losing My Religion" by R.E.M.
Preceded by
"Falling" by Julee Cruise
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
14 April 1991 - 28 April 1991
Succeeded by
"Tingles" by Ratcat
Preceded by
"Baby Baby" by Amy Grant
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
11 May 1991
Succeeded by
"I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)" by Hi-Five
Preceded by
"Wind of Change" by Scorpions
Swiss number-one single (second run)
June 2, 1991 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Wind of Change" by Scorpions