Year 3000

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"Year 3000"
Single by Busted
from the album Busted
Released 20 January 2003
Format CD single, cassette single
Recorded 2002
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:18
Label Universal Music, Polygram
Writer(s) Busted, Steve Robson, Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones
Producer(s) Steve Robson
Busted singles chronology
"What I Go to School For"
"Year 3000"
"You Said No"
CD 2 cover

"Year 3000" is a song performed by British pop punk band Busted. It was released as the second single from their debut album Busted (2002). The song was co-written by McFly members Tom Fletcher and Danny Jones, and Busted lead guitarist James Bourne. The song makes references to the Back to the Future trilogy, including lines about the flux capacitor and the fact that the time machine mentioned is "like the one in a film I've seen".

"Year 3000" reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and became the 34th biggest seller of the year with 165,000 units. The single was also a success in Europe, reaching number two on the Irish Singles Chart, while reaching the Top 10 in Belgium and the Netherlands.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song begins with Matt Willis playing a video game called "Stay Alive". When he loses, the video zooms out to view the band playing the song's intro in a bedroom. After Charlie Simpson starts singing, they hear an explosion-like sound outside. They look out of a window to the backyard and find their neighbour Peter, played by James Bourne's brother Chris, standing next to a Vauxhall Viva customised like the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future. They get in the car and Peter takes them to the future. The song continues as they go through a time vortex, and arrive in the year 3000. They see lots of changes, such as various aliens, flying cars and the fact that everyone now lives under the ocean. They also see three triple-breasted women.

As the song continues, the three boys look at a billboard and see themselves very much older. James and Matt react embarrassed with their future selves, but Charlie nods in appreciation and looks relatively happy with his. At the song's bridge, Busted come across a concert hall with a sign saying "Busted, Live Tonight". They sneak in, lock their older selves inside a green room and jump onto the stage, where the song continues in front of an audience. At the closing of the song, the setting switches back and forth from the concert to the bedroom from the video's intro, and ends with Busted jumping into their logo.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Year 3000" (Single Version) - 3:18
  2. "Year 3000" (Acoustic Version) - 3:24
  3. "Year 3000" (DJEJ Remix) - 4:12
  4. "Year 3000" (Instrumental) - 3:18
  5. "Year 3000" (Video) - 3:20
  1. "Year 3000" (Single Version) - 3:18
  2. "Fun Fun Fun" - 2:58
  3. "Late Night Sauna" - 2:14
  4. "Exclusive Footage" - 5:00
UK Cassette
  1. "Year 3000" (Single Version) - 3:18
  2. "Year 3000" (DJEJ Remix) - 4:12
  3. "Fun Fun Fun" - 2:58

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Jonas Brothers cover[edit]

"Year 3000"
Single by Jonas Brothers
from the album It's About Time and Jonas Brothers
Released 16 May 2006 (release from It's About Time)
12 March 2007 (release from Jonas Brothers)
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2006
Genre Pop rock, teen pop
Length 3:20
Label Hollywood
Writer(s) James Bourne, Mattie Jay (Matt Willis), Charlie Simpson, Steve Robson
Producer(s) Michael Mangini
Jonas Brothers singles chronology
"Year 3000"
"Hold On"

In 2006, Bourne permitted the Jonas Brothers to make a cover of "Year 3000". Since the Jonas Brothers mainly has a pre-teen fanbase, all the sexually suggestive lyrics were simplified - the line "and your great-great-great granddaughter is pretty fine" is changed to "doin' fine" and "Triple-breasted women swim around town, totally naked" is changed to "girls there, with round hair like Star Wars, float above the floor." Also, the line "Everybody bought our seventh album, it had outsold Michael Jackson" is changed to "it had outsold Kelly Clarkson".

After the song's release in early 2007, the song debuted at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Year 3000" was the group's first single to chart and their first Top 40 hit. The song eventually peaked at #31. The group's cover was the first single they released under Hollywood Records, and it was the only song Hollywood received distribution rights to after the group was dropped from Columbia. Hollywood re-released the song on the group's next album, Jonas Brothers and "Year 3000" was the lead single.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the Jonas Brothers' cover was directed by Andrew Bennett and produced by Justin Cronkite. It begins with the band entering a decorated garage, where they take their instruments: Nick and Kevin pick guitars, and Joe first plays the keyboard, then uses a microphone. As they play the intro, Nick comes home on a bike. He starts singing while the video's story side views him noticing a flash of light next door. He goes over there, and is joined by Joe and Kevin. Their neighbour "Peter" shows them that he made a time machine. However, this one is different from the one in Busted's video. This one is Pete's sofa rather than the car. While they continue to play the song, they enter the time machine, and when in the year 3000 they are in an all-white room. There they see girls with round, pink hair instead of three triple-breasted girls in Busted's. At the bridge, the girls show the band their 7th album, and the album by Kelly Clarkson that their album outsold rather than Michael Jackson. Later, one of the girls shows Joe the city on the outside, while another shows Kevin the band's "great-great-great granddaughters". Towards the end of the song, the brothers jump into the time machine and return to their own time. At the end of the song, Nick sings, while Joe claps the rhythm and Kevin plays the ending riff on his guitar.


Chart (2007) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 72
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 31
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 33


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