Blue (Da Ba Dee)

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"Blue (Da Ba Dee)"
Single by Eiffel 65
from the album Europop
B-side Remix
Released October 1998
Format CD single, CD maxi
Recorded 1998
Genre Eurodance,[1] dance-pop[2]
Length 4:40 (album version)
3:40 (radio/video edit)
Label BlissCo
Writer(s) Jeffrey Jey, Maurizio Lobina, Massimo Gabutti
Producer(s) Maurizio Lobina, Massimo Gabutti, Luciano Zucchet
Certification See certifications
Eiffel 65 singles chronology
"Blue (Da Ba Dee)"
(1998)
"Move Your Body"
(1999)

"Blue (Da Ba Dee)" is a song by Italian group Eiffel 65. It was released in October 1998 as the lead single from their debut album Europop (1999). The song is the group's most popular single, reaching number one in many countries such as Ireland, the United Kingdom,[3] the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Switzerland, New Zealand, Norway, Australia, and Germany, as well as reaching No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.[4] In the United Kingdom, the song originally entered the Top 40 purely on import sales. It was only the third single to do this.[5] The song also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 2001 Grammy Awards.

Writing and production[edit]

Jeffrey Jey

Blue, written by Eiffel 65 lead singer Jeffrey Jey, keyboardist Maurizio Lobina, and producer Massimo Gabutti, was inspired from group member Maurizio Lobina's composed opening piano hook. The producers of the song then came up with the idea for a dance song. Jey stated his inspiration for the lyrics were on how a person picked his lifestyle. The color blue as the main topic of the song was picked at random, with Lobina telling him to write nonsensical lyrics.[6] Lobina came up with the "da ba dee" hook at the end of this line.[7]

Lyrics and composition[edit]

A 29-second sample from "Blue (Da Ba Dee)", featuring the distorted hook of the song.

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"Blue (Da Ba Dee)" is written in the key of G minor, with the vocal range spanning from C4 to E♭5,[8] and is set in Common time with a moderate tempo of 128 beats per minute.[9]

The song's lyrics tell a story about a man who lives in a "blue world". It is also stated he is "blue inside and outside," which, along with the lyric "himself and everybody around 'cause he ain't got nobody to listen to", may indicate that the term blue represents his emotional state. The song also states that a vast variety of what he owns is also blue, including his house and his car; various blue-colored objects are also depicted on the single's cover.[10] The song's hook is the sentence "I'm blue", followed by a repetition of the words "da ba dee da ba di", which the hook is based around.

Critical reception[edit]

The song received mixed reviews from critics. Entertainment Weekly positively reviewed the song, calling the song "a fleeting, feel-good foot-tapper" and gave the song a rating of B-.[11] PopMatters reviewer Chris Massey, in his review of Europop, described his initial reaction to the song as being "really, really bad." However, he later stated in the review that after many repeated listenings of the song he "loved it."[12]

Rolling Stone, however, in their review of Europop, gave the song a negative review, stating that the song "blends Cher-esque vocoder vocals, trance-like synth riffs, unabashed Eurodisco beats and a baby-babble chorus so infantile it makes the Teletubbies sound like Shakespeare." The magazine also placed the song on their list of the "20 Most Annoying Songs," reaching No. 14.[13]

Most recently, Matthew Wilkening of AOL Radio ranked the song at No. 41 on the list of the 100 Worst Songs Ever, stating that the entire song "is like one big ringtone that never... ever... ends. Answer the phone! Answer the phone!"[14]

Chart performance[edit]

The single, released in April 1999, was a chart-topper in many European countries. The song initially found success in France, where it debuted on the chart in June 1999 and reached number one in late August. It then found success in other European countries, reaching the top spot on many charts in September the same year, including Germany, the Netherlands,[15] Switzerland,[16] Sweden,[17] Norway and many other countries. It replaced "Mambo No. 5" by Lou Bega on many of these charts at the top spot.

The song also found success in other regions, including Oceania and North America: it reached number one in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It became a top ten hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, reaching No. 6.

The song re-charted on 6 May 2013 at No. 40 in the U.K.,[18] the same week the song appeared in the film Iron Man 3.

Music video[edit]

Eiffel 65 on television screens during the opening segment of the video.

The music video for the song was released in 1999 by the BlissCoMedia, a computer graphics company of the Bliss Corporation, known at the time the video was produced and released as "BlissMultiMedia".[19] The video featured computer graphics created with 3ds Max,[20] and has Eiffel 65 members Maurizio Lobina and Gabry Ponte trying to save Jeffrey Jey from the aliens Zorotl and Sayok6.[21]

Cover versions and samplings[edit]

German recording artist Max Raabe and Palast Orchester covered the song for his 2001 album Super Hits.[22] In 2009 Flo Rida sampled the chorus of Blue in Sugar[23]

Appearances in other media[edit]

The song has appeared in multiple films and television series. It was included in films such as Loser (2000), Big Fat Liar (2002), and more notably, Iron Man 3 (2013), the latter case during a flashback scene set in 1999, the year the song was released.[24] On 15 March 2011 Ozone Entertainment released the song through the Rock Band Network. It is the first song on the service to incorporate the keyboard introduced in Rock Band 3.[25][26]

Formats and track listings[edit]

Italy CD single 1998
  1. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (DJ Ponte Ice Pop Mix) — 6:25
  2. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (DJ Ponte Radio Edit) — 4:43
  3. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Glamour Jump Mix) — 5:19
  4. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Dub Mix) — 4:47
German CD maxi-single
  1. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Blue Ice Pop Radio Edit) — 3:39
  2. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (DJ Ponte Ice Pop Mix) — 6:26
  3. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Hannover Remix) — 6:24
  4. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Dub Mix) — 4:48
  5. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Ice Pop Instrumental Mix) — 6:27
  6. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Blue Paris Remix) — 7:42

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart precession and succession[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Tomber la chemise" by Zebda
French SNEP number one single
7 August 1999 - 7 August 1999 - 21 August 1999
Succeeded by
"Mambo No. 5" by Lou Bega
Preceded by
"Mambo No. 5" by Lou Bega
Swiss number one single
22 August 1999 - 22 August 1999 - 24 October 1999
Succeeded by
"So bist du (und wenn Du gehst...)" by Oli P.
Dutch Top 40 number one single
21 August 1999 - 4 September 1999 - 18 September 1999
Succeeded by
"The Road Ahead (Miles of the Unknown)" by City to City
Belgian (Flanders) number one single
11 September 1999 - 21 October 1999
Succeeded by
"Genie in a Bottle" by Christina Aguilera
Irish IRMA number one single
18 September 1999 - 16 October 1999
Succeeded by
"Flying Without Wings" by Westlife
Swedish number one single
2 September 1999 - 22 September 1999 - 21 October 1999
Succeeded by
"The Bad Touch" by Bloodhound Gang
German number one single
13 August 1999 - 8 October 1999
Succeeded by
"The Bad Touch" by Bloodhound Gang
Norwegian VG-lista number one single
18 September 1999 - 2 October 1999
Succeeded by
"If I Let You Go" by Westlife
Finnish number-one single
18 September 1999 - 30 October 1999
Succeeded by
"Torremolinos 2000" by Apulanta & Don Huonot
New Zealand RIANZ number one single
14 November 1999
Succeeded by
"One & Only" by Deep Obsession
Australian number-one single
14 November 1999 - 16 January 2000
Succeeded by
"I Try" by Macy Gray
Preceded by
"We're Going to Ibiza" by Vengaboys
UK Singles Chart number one single
19 September 1999 - 9 October 1999
Succeeded by
"Genie in a Bottle" by Christina Aguilera

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