Motion in the Ocean

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Motion in the Ocean
Studio album by McFly
Released 6 November 2006
Recorded 2005–2006
Genre Pop punk
Length 56:28
Label Island
Producer Julian Emery, Jason Perry
McFly chronology
Motion in the Ocean
Singles from Motion in the Ocean
  1. "Please, Please"
    Released: 17 July 2006
  2. "Star Girl"
    Released: 23 October 2006
  3. "Sorry's Not Good Enough/Friday Night"
    Released: 18 December 2006
  4. "Baby's Coming Back/Transylvania"
    Released: 7 May 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
The Guardian 3/5 stars link
Planet Sound (3/10)

Motion in the Ocean is the third studio album by English pop rock band McFly. The album was released in the United Kingdom on 6 November 2006. The album has sold more than 300,000 copies in the UK since its release, being ceritified Platinum in the UK.


The album was recorded in the infamous Grouse Lodge recording studio in Westmeath, Ireland. The album's first song, We Are The Young, first featured as a demo B-side to the single Star Girl. This version is slightly different, with stronger piano riffs. Please Please contains obvious references to actress Lindsay Lohan, who drummer Harry Judd met on the set of Lohan's movie Just My Luck, in which McFly made an appearance. Lohan is not mentioned specifically, but the woman featured in the video for the song has green eyes, red hair, and is named Lindsay. The name tag on her nurse's uniform also says "Lindsay Allbright" – Lohan's character in Just My Luck was named "Ashley Allbright." The band's official position, as stated in the album notes, is that the song is not about Lohan.


Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "We Are the Young"   Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, James Bourne, Jason Perry, Julian Emery 3:54
2. "Star Girl"   Fletcher, Jones, Dougie Poynter, Harry Judd, Perry, Emery, Daniel P Carter 3:28
3. "Please, Please"   Fletcher, Jones, Poynter, Judd, Perry 3:09
4. "Sorry's Not Good Enough"   Fletcher, Poynter, Jones, Perry, Emery 4:27
5. "Bubble Wrap"   Fletcher 5:12
6. "Transylvania"   Poynter, Fletcher 4:10
7. "Lonely"   Fletcher, Bourne 3:52
8. "Little Joanna"   Tom Fletcher, Dougie Poynter, Danny Jones, Matthew Fletcher 3:56
9. "Friday Night"   Fletcher, Jones, Poynter, Perry, Emery, Carter 3:22
10. "Walk in the Sun"   Danny Jones 4:35
11. "Home Is Where the Heart Is"   Fletcher, Jones, Perry 4:31
Total length:

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
European Top 100 Albums
Irish Album Chart
Japan Oricon Weekly Albums Chart[1]
South Korea (GAON)[2]
UK Albums Chart


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[3] Platinum 300,000^


Motion in the Ocean: Tour Edition
Studio album by McFly
Released 14 May 2007
Genre Pop punk
Length 59:20
Label Island
Producer Julian Emery, Jason Perry
McFly chronology
The Wonderland Tour 2005
Motion in the Ocean Tour
All the Greatest Hits

The Tour Edition of the album was released on 14 May 2007. Alongside the addition of two bonus tracks, the album was accompanied by a DVD of the "Motion in the Ocean Tour 2006", recorded live at Wembley Arena. The album was a limited edition. This version of the album reached number fourteen on the official album chart, selling 11,256 copies.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Please, Please (Live)"
  2. "I Wanna Hold You (Live)"
  3. "All About You (Live)"
  4. "We Are the Young (Live)"
  5. "Surf Medley"
    1. "Surfer Babe (Live)"
    2. "Down By the Lake (Live)"
    3. "That Girl (Live)"
    4. "She Left Me (Live)"
  6. "Star Girl (Live)"
  7. "I'll Be OK (Live)"
  8. "Sorry's Not Good Enough (Live)"
  9. "Fight for Your Right (Live)"
  10. "Not Alone (Live)"
  11. "Room on the 3rd Floor (Live)"
  12. "Ghostbusters (Live)"
  13. "I've Got You (Live)"
  14. "Obviously (Live)"
  15. "Don't Stop Me Now (Live)" (with special guest Matt Willis)
  16. "Five Colours in Her Hair (Live)"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Position
UK Albums Chart
Irish Album Chart


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