Astounded (Bran Van 3000 song)

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Single by Bran Van 3000
from the album Discosis
Released May 2001 (2001-05)
Genre Funk, soul, nu-disco
Length 5:57
Label Grand Royal
Songwriter(s) James Di Salvio, Curtis Mayfield, Gary McKenzie
Bran Van 3000 singles chronology
"Call Me (I'll Be Around)"
"Call Me (I'll Be Around)"

"Astounded" is a song by Canadian musical collective Bran Van 3000. It was released in May 2001 as the lead single from their second studio album, Discosis. The song features vocals from the late American artist Curtis Mayfield. The song was very successful in Canada, receiving heavy airplay on Muchmusic and reaching number 3 on Canada's Singles Chart.[1] The song is featured on the Canadian compilation album Now! 6 as well as the soundtrack of the EA Sports video game, FIFA Street 2. The song was ranked #19 on MuchMore's list of Top 50 Dance Songs.

The song contains interpolations from Mayfield's song "Move On Up". The song also contains a sample and an interpolated melody of The Doobie Brothers "Rockin' Down The Highway".

Track listing[edit]

  1. Astounded (Long Radio Edit) - 3:56
  2. Astounded (Album Version) - 5:58
  3. Astounded (MJ Cole Radio Edit) - 3:49
  4. Astounded (Eric Kupper Radio Mix) - 3:50


Bran Van 3000 member James Di Salvio approached Curtis Mayfield with the idea of collaborating months before his death in 1999. Mayfield was too ill to contribute a vocal, but gave Di Salvio permission to pull through his archives, where he discovered an unused vocal Mayfield recorded in the 1980s. With Mayfield's permission, that vocal was incorporated into "Astounded."[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Paul Street and premiered in May 2001. The entire video focuses on a couple french kissing and features shots of Montreal with the Olympic Stadium in the background.

The video contains a cameo by Benicio Del Toro.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 47
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[4] 1
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[1] 3
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[5] 17
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 91
Italy (FIMI)[7] 24
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 36
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[9] 35
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 49
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 72
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 40
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[1] 35


  1. ^ a b c "Bran Van 3000 - Billboard Singles". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  2. ^ "Bran Van new album due in May". Retrieved August 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ " – Bran Van 3000 feat. Curtis Mayfield – Astounded" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ " – Bran Van 3000 feat. Curtis Mayfield – Astounded" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  5. ^ "Bran Van 3000 feat. Curtis Mayfield: Astounded" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  6. ^ " – Bran Van 3000 feat. Curtis Mayfield Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  7. ^ " – Bran Van 3000 feat. Curtis Mayfield – Astounded". Top Digital Download.
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Bran Van 3000 feat. Curtis Mayfield search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  9. ^ "Archive Chart: 2001-06-16". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  10. ^ " – Bran Van 3000 feat. Curtis Mayfield – Astounded". Singles Top 100.
  11. ^ " – Bran Van 3000 feat. Curtis Mayfield – Astounded". Swiss Singles Chart.
  12. ^ "Archive Chart: 2001-06-16" UK Singles Chart.

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