For the original Russian song by Ruki Vverkh!, and other adaptations and samplings, see Pesenka
"Around the World (La La La La La)" is the debut single by German Eurodance group ATC (also known as A Touch of Class). The song is a cover of the Russian hit "Pesenka" by Ruki Vverh! and uses the song's melody with additional English lyrics. Both songs feature the phrase "la la la la la" in a call and response format.
The song is ATC's most successful single, reaching the top 20 in most countries where it was released.
"Around the World (La La La La La)" was released as ATC's debut single from their debut album Planet Pop on May 9, 2000 in Europe, and on May 17, 2002 in the United Kingdom. It was produced and recorded by German producer Alex Christensen with its melody almost entirely based on "Pesenka". The single reached number one on the German Singles chart in 2000. It also reached number one in Austria and Switzerland, and the Top 20 in Australia, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, United Kingdom, Denmark, Poland, Romania and Scotland. It peaked at 24 in the Irish Singles Chart.
The song was also a surprise one-hit wonder in the United States, peaking at number 28 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and having a chart run of several months. It was later featured on the 2001 compilation album Now That's What I Call Music! 6. However, because of scant promotion for the album and a lack of touring in the USA and Canada, follow-up singles failed to make any impact in North America.
In 2002, the song was released for the first time in the United Kingdom in a newly remixed version, peaking at number 15.
A yellow Melkus RS 1000 with a blue license plate containing the text "ATC" features in the video. The car was perhaps chosen because of its Gull-wing door. It is seen drifting or dashing through the tunnel. In between shots of the car moving, you can see the group members dancing in a room with a small swimming pool. They dance on a small stage, and never enter the water.