Holiday (Dizzee Rascal song)

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Single by Dizzee Rascal featuring Chrome
from the album Tongue n' Cheek
Released 23 August 2009
(see Release history)
Format CD single, digital download, vinyl
Recorded April 2009
Length 3:39
Label Dirtee Stank Recordings
Writer(s) Dizzee Rascal, Calvin Harris,
Nick Detnon
Producer(s) Calvin Harris
Dizzee Rascal singles chronology
"Dirtee Cash"

"Holiday" is a song by Ghanaian British rapper Dizzee Rascal, released as the third single from his fourth studio album Tongue n' Cheek. It was produced by Calvin Harris, with chorus vocals by R&B singer Chrome. Harris originally wrote the song for girl group, The Saturdays, but it was rejected.[1] The song was released digitally on 23 August 2009, with a physical copy that followed on 31 August.[2] The single debuted in the UK at number-one upon initial release, bringing Dizzee's total of number-one singles to three (four including charity singles), as well as marking the fourth Top 10 hit and twelfth Top 40 hit from the rapper.

Critical reception[edit]

Vicki of BBC Chart Blog gave the song a positive review stating:

"'Holiday' is a totally cheesy but totally harmless, fun song. It's designed to give people that are on holiday a great excuse to dance madly and us folks back home in Britain who need that holiday an even greater one. This song hasn't got the explosive feel that 'Bonkers' has and thus it doesn't have the same sense of longevity, but what it does have is a very now feel (not least because this song wouldn't have worked so well in November...)

Looking out the window now as i reach the end of this review, I'm amazed to see it has stopped raining and that the sun is trying to peep through the clouds. But then, maybe I shouldn't be that surprised - after all, this has officially been Dizzee's summer and this song is a little ray of sunshine." The song was awarded a 4 star.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Holiday" (Radio Edit) – 3:41
  2. "Holiday" (Extended Mix) – 6:02
  3. "Holiday" (R'n'B Mix) – 3:25
  4. "Live, Large N' In Charge" – 3:51
  • 12" single[5]
  1. "Holiday" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Holiday" (R'n'B Mix)
  3. "Live, Large N' In Charge"
  4. "Holiday" (Acappella)
  5. "Holiday" (Instrumental)
  • iTunes Australian single[6]
  1. "Holiday" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Holiday" (Extended Mix)
  3. "Live Large 'N' In Charge"
  • iTunes UK EP[7]
  1. "Holiday" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Holiday" (Extended Mix)
  3. "Holiday" (R'n'B Mix)
  4. "Live Large 'N' In Charge"
  5. "Holiday" (Music Video)

Credits and personnel[edit]


Chart (2009) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[9] 30
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10] 20
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 68
Germany (Media Control Charts)[12] 78
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 5
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 1

End-of-year charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
UK Singles Chart[16] 57
Sales and certifications
Country Provider Certification Sales
United Kingdom BPI Silver 200,000+[17]

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Sexy Bitch" by David Guetta featuring Akon
UK Singles Chart number-one single
30 August 2009 – 5 September 2009
Succeeded by
"Run This Town" by Jay-Z featuring Rihanna and Kanye West

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom[18] 23 August 2009 Digital download Dirtee Stank
31 August 2009 CD single
Australia 28 August 2009 Digital download Liberation Music


  1. ^ "Calvin Harris: How the non-dancing, foul-mouthed, anti-social Scot became the 'Caledonian Justin Timberlake'". The Independent. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  2. ^ Thompson, Ben (7 August 2009). "Dizzee heights for Dizzee Rascal". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  3. ^ Vicki (25 August 2009). "Dizzee Rascal - 'Holiday'". BBC. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  4. ^ "Dizzee Rascal - Holiday". Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  5. ^ "Dizzee Rascal - Holiday". Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  6. ^ "Dizzee Rascal: Holiday". Apple Inc. iTunes Store (Australia). Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  7. ^ "Dizzee Rascal: Holiday - EP". Apple Inc. iTunes Store (United Kingdom). Retrieved 2009-09-02. 
  8. ^ "Doctor Who Prequel: Pond Life part 1". BBC. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  9. ^ " – Dizzee Rascal – Holiday". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  10. ^ " – Dizzee Rascal – Holiday" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ " – Dizzee Rascal – Holiday" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  12. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Dizzee Rascal > Holiday –" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  13. ^ "Chart Track: Week 35, 2009". Irish Singles Chart.
  14. ^ " – Dizzee Rascal – Holiday". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart: 2009-09-05" UK Singles Chart.
  16. ^ "Charts Plus Year end 2009" (PDF). Charts Plus. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  17. ^ Holiday by Dizzee Rascal and Chrome, certification. Myspace,
  18. ^ Dizzee Rascal ft. Chrome - Holiday, single. iTunes.

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