Babylon (David Gray song)

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Single by David Gray
from the album White Ladder
Released 12 July 1999
12 June 2000 (re-issue)
Format CD single
Genre Folktronica
Length 3:40 (single version)
4:25 (album version)
Label IHT, EastWest
Songwriter(s) David Gray
Producer(s) David Gray, Iestyn Polson, Craig McClune
David Gray singles chronology
"This Year's Love"
"Please Forgive Me"
David Gray singles chronology
"Please Forgive Me"
(1999) Please Forgive Me1999
(2000) Babylon2000
"Please Forgive Me"
(2001) Please Forgive Me2001
Alternative covers
US promo CD cover
US promo CD cover

"Babylon" is a song by the British singer-songwriter David Gray. Originally released on 12 July 1999 as the second single from his fourth album, White Ladder, it was re-released as the fourth single on 12 June 2000. It is his biggest selling single to date, peaking at number five on the UK Singles Chart in June 2000.[1] The single also performed well in the US, peaking at #57 on the Billboard Hot 100, #25 and #26 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks and Adult Contemporary charts respectively.[2]

A remix titled "Babylon II" appears exclusively on the US version of the album.[3] The B-side "Over My Head" also appears on the Japanese pressing of the album as a bonus track.[4] Remixes by Flightcrank were also commissioned in 2000, appearing on promo-only releases.[5]

Track listings[edit]

1999 CD single[6]
  1. "Babylon" – 3:40
  2. "Lead Me Upstairs" (Live at the Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin, on 16 December 1998) – 4:20
  3. "New Horizons" (Live at the Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin, on 16 December 1998) – 5:47
2000 CD single[7]
  1. "Babylon" (Radio Mix One) – 3:30
  2. "Tell Me More Lies" – 3:23
  3. "Over My Head" – 4:24
US promo CD single[8]
  1. "Babylon" (Radio Mix) – 3:30
UK 10" promo vinyl[9]
  1. "Babylon (Flightcrank Remix) – 5:01
  2. "Babylon (Flightcrank Remix Instrumental) – 5:01


Additional musicians[edit]

  • Craig McClune–drums, vocals, bass
  • Tim Bradshaw–keyboards
  • Iestyn Polson–programmer

Cover versions[edit]

In 2008, Kate Ceberano recorded a version for her album So Much Beauty.


Chart (2000) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 57
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[12] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[13] 26
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[14] 8
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[15] 25
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[16] 36


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