"Roam" was the fourth single from The B-52's' 1989 hit album Cosmic Thing, following "(Shake That) Cosmic Thing," "Channel Z," and "Love Shack." "Roam" was a number-three hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in March 1990, spending a total of 19 weeks on the chart, and was certified Gold by the RIAA. The vocals are sung by Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson. In February 1991 The B-52s were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for Roam.
A parody of the song and video, called "Comb," was a skit on Fast Forward in 1990 as The B-52s began the Australian leg of their Cosmic Tour. The video, which poked fun at Pierson's and Wilson's bouffant wigs, starred Gina Riley and Jane Turner.