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Single by Bran Van 3000
from the album Discosis
Released May 2001 (2001-05)
Genre Pop, Funk, Soul, Nu-disco
Length 5:57
Label Virgin / Grand Royal
Bran Van 3000 singles chronology
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"Astounded" is a song by Bran Van 3000. It was released in May 2001 as the lead single from their second studio album, Discosis. The song features vocals from the late Curtis Mayfield. The song was very successful in Canada, receiving heavy airplay on Muchmusic and reaching number 3 on Canada's Singles Chart.[1] The song is featured on the Canadian compilation album Now! 6 as well as the soundtrack of the EA Sports video game, FIFA Street 2. The song was ranked #19 on MuchMore's list of Top 50 Dance Songs.

The song contains interpolations from Mayfield's song "Move On Up".

Track listing[edit]

  1. Astounded (Long Radio Edit) - 3:56
  2. Astounded (Album Version) - 5:58
  3. Astounded (MJ Cole Radio Edit) - 3:49
  4. Astounded (Eric Kupper Radio Mix) - 3:50


Bran Van 3000 member James Di Salvio approached Curtis Mayfield with the idea of collaborating months before his death in 1999. Mayfield was too ill to contribute a vocal, but gave Di Salvio permission to pull through his archives, where he discovered an unused vocal Mayfield recorded in the 1980s. With Mayfield's permission, that vocal was incorporated into "Astounded."[2] The song also contains an interpolated melody of Rockin' Down The Highway by The Doobie Brothers.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Paul Street and premiered in May 2001. The entire video focuses on a couple french kissing and features shots of Montreal with the Olympic Stadium in the background.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 47
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[4] 1
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[1] 3
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[5] 17
Germany (Media Control Charts)[6] 91
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 36
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 49
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 72
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 40
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[1] 35


  1. ^ a b c "Bran Van 3000 - Billboard Singles". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  2. ^ "Bran Van new album due in May". Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Bran Van 3000 feat. Curtis Mayfield – Astounded –" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ " – Bran Van 3000 feat. Curtis Mayfield – Astounded" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  5. ^ "Bran Van 3000 feat. Curtis Mayfield: Astounded" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  6. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche –" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Bran Van 3000 feat. Curtis Mayfield search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  8. ^ " – Bran Van 3000 feat. Curtis Mayfield – Astounded". Singles Top 60.
  9. ^ "Bran Van 3000 feat. Curtis Mayfield – Astounded –". Swiss Singles Chart.

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