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"Voyage, voyage"
Single by Desireless
from the album François
Released December 1986
Format 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1986
Genre Synthpop[1]
Length 4:12
Label CBS
Writer(s) Dominique Albert Dubois
Jean-Michel Rivat
Producer(s) Jean-Michel Rivat
Certification see below
Desireless singles chronology
"Voyage, voyage"
(1986)
"John"
(1988)
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"Voyage, voyage" ([vwa.jaʒ vwa.jaʒ]) is a song co-written by Dominique Albert Dubois and Jean-Michel Rivat and recorded by the French singer Desireless. It was the first single from her debut album François released at the end of 1986. Despite being sung entirely in French, the song circumvented the language barrier on the music charts and became a huge worldwide hit between 1986 and 1988, reaching the top position in more than ten countries around the world.

Desireless version[edit]

Chart performances[edit]

Since "Voyage, voyage" is sung exclusively in French, its chart success came as a surprise as it managed the rare feat of becoming a hit in several nations usually closed to francophone songs and artists such as the UK and Ireland. In Germany, the song topped the chart and has the longest chart trajectory of 1987 in the Top 20.[2] Curiously, the song failed to reach no. 1 in France, but stayed at no. 2 for four weeks, behind Elsa Lunghini with her first hit "T'en vas pas", and remained on the chart for 21 weeks, from 13 December 1986 to 9 May 1987. It also reached number one in Germany, Norway and Spain where it became the biggest selling single of 1987 in that country with more than 100,000 copies sold.

The song initially hit no. 53 in the UK in November 1987. After being remixed by Pete Hammond and Pete Waterman of PWL, the song was re-released in the UK in the spring of 1988 and climbed to no. 5 in June of that year. In Ireland, the song reached no. 4 twice, first on its original run in November 1987 followed by the PWL remix version in June 1988.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Bettina Rheims and premiered in France in December 1986.[3]

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Voyage, voyage" (4:12)
  2. "Destin fragile" (instrumental) (3:31)
12" maxi
  1. "Voyage, voyage" (extended remix) (6:45)
  2. "Voyage, voyage" (4:12)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"It's a Sin" by Pet Shop Boys
Austrian number-one single
1 October 1987 – 15 October 1987 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Balla... Balla!" by Francesco Napoli
German number-one single
31 August 1987 – 28 September 1987 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley
Norwegian number-one single (first run)
40/1987 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Brilliant Disguise" by Bruce Springsteen
Preceded by
"Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley
Norwegian number-one single (second run)
44/1987 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"You Win Again" by the Bee Gees
Preceded by
"Multimix" by The Communards
Spanish number-one single
4 July 1987 – 26 September 1987 (13 weeks)
Succeeded by
"It's a Sin" by Pet Shop Boys
Preceded by
"Jeanny Part I" by Falco
1986
German best-selling single of the year
1987
Succeeded by
"Girl You Know It's True" by Milli Vanilli
1988
Preceded by
"Adesso tu" by Eros Ramazzotti
1986
Swiss best-selling single of the year
1987
Succeeded by
"Küss' die Hand, schöne Frau"
by the Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung
1988

Kate Ryan cover version[edit]

"Voyage Voyage"
Single by Kate Ryan
from the album Free
B-side We All Belong
Released 6 July 2007
Format CD single, CD maxi
Recorded 2007
Genre Eurodance[28]
Length 3:07
Label ARS Entertainment
Universal Music
Writer(s) Jean-Michel Rivat
Dominique Dubois
Producer(s) 2N
Kate Ryan singles chronology
"All For You"
(2007)
"Voyage Voyage"
(2007)
"L.I.L.Y. (Like I Love You)"
(2008)

The Belgian singer Kate Ryan released the song from her 2008 album Free. "Voyage Voyage" came out as a double single, featuring "We all belong" which is the anthem of the event "Eurogames 2007" that occurred in Belgium in 2007. "We All Belong" is not only an anthem but also a supportive song for gay and lesbians. However, "Voyage Voyage" was the only song to have a music video. Since it was released on 11 July, it peaked at number 2 in Belgium, number 10 in the Netherlands, number 26 in Sweden, number 20 in Greece, 13 in Germany, 4 in Spain, 12 in Poland, 27 in Austria and 10 in Finland. This is the first single of Kate Ryan being released under ARS Entertainment, after her departure from EMI Belgium.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Voyage Voyage"
  2. "Voyage Voyage" (Extended Version)
  3. "We All Belong"
  4. "We All Belong" (Extended Version)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007–2008) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[29] 26
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[30] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[31] 28
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[32] 3
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[33] 10
Germany (Media Control Charts)[34] 13
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[35] 10
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[36] 11
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[37] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[38] 26

Other covers[edit]

  • In 1989, the song was recorded with Russian comic lyrics to the original backing track and unofficially released by the Soviet DJ Sergei Minaev.
  • It was also covered by the Mexican band Magneto in 1991 with a Spanish version entitled "Vuela Vuela". This version peaked at no. 3 on the Billboard Hot Latin Songs chart.[39]
  • In 1995, Russian comic death metal band Boney’NEM recorded their version of the song.
  • Japanese Jpop Duo Wink also covered it on 1993 by the name Eien no Lady Doll ~Voyage Voyage~.
  • The song was also covered by the band Gregorian, featuring Sarah Brightman.
  • Bananarama also covered the song and it has been performed live during 2008. It appears as a B-side on their single "Love Comes" which is included on their 2009 album, Viva.
  • The Spanish band Los Gandules released a version of the song, Bayas Bayas (Berries Berries), on their album Sillonbol Stars. It features different lyrics in which a small bear switches to eating berries after a bad experience with the bees in a hive.
  • Austrian artist Soap&Skin covered the song on her 2012 album Narrow.
  • Armenian singer Sonya (Սոնիա),[40] covered this song in 2011 with a more sensual re-interpretation.

References[edit]

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