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Beggin Dody cover .jpg
Single by The Four Seasons
from the album New Gold Hits
B-side"Dody" (from the same album)
ReleasedFebruary 1967
GenreRock, soul
Songwriter(s)Bob Gaudio, Peggy Farina
Producer(s)Bob Crewe
The Four Seasons singles chronology
"Tell It to the Rain"
"C'mon Marianne"

"Beggin'" is a song composed by Bob Gaudio and Peggy Farina and popularized by The Four Seasons in 1967. In 2007, the song received new popularity when it was remixed by the French DJ Pilooski and then covered by the Norwegian hip-hop band Madcon.

Original version[edit]

Keyboardist/songwriter Bob Gaudio had not written a Four Seasons single since 1965's "Girl Come Running", although he had written or co-written almost every Four Seasons hit up to then.

"Beggin'", the second single from the Four Seasons' New Gold Hits album in 1967, marked Gaudio's "return" as the Seasons' songwriter, with a combination of Frankie Valli's impassioned soul singing and the band's more contemporary instrumentation. It also was the first Seasons single since "Dawn (Go Away)" on which Gaudio collaborated with a lyricist other than producer Bob Crewe, as lyrics were contributed by Peggy Farina (better known as Peggy Santiglia of The Angels, who sang lead on the 1960s hit "My Boyfriend's Back" and was frequently used as a background singer by Crewe).

It reached the #16 position on the Hot 100 charts, continuing the group's string of Billboard Top 20 hits.[1] However, it was overshadowed by Valli's "solo" recording of "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", a Gaudio-Crewe composition, which rose to number two. It was the last Gaudio composition for the Four Seasons to chart in the Top 20 until 1975's "Who Loves You".

The song is included in Act Two of the Broadway musical about the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys. It was used as the main theme of an ad campaign for Adidas, celebrating the company's 60th anniversary.

Pilooski remix[edit]

In 2007, French disc jockey Pilooski re-edited and released his version of the Four Seasons song on 2 June. This version reached #32 in the UK and #1 on the UK Dance Chart. It is the first single from the album Beggin' The Ultimate Collection. The Pilooski re-edit does not include any new instrumentation or vocals but is purely a manipulation and remix of the original Four Seasons recording, using echo and phase-polarisation.

Madcon version[edit]

Beggin' (Madcon single - cover art).jpg
Single by Madcon
from the album So Dark the Con of Man
ReleasedOctober 26, 2007 (Norway)
March 21, 2008 (Europe)
Madcon singles chronology
"Back on the Road"
Music video
"Beggin" on YouTube

In 2007, the same year as the Pilooski remix, the Norwegian hip-hop group Madcon recorded and released a new version of the song with tweaked lyrics and added rap verses. The version became very popular in Norway, reaching #1 on the charts.[2] Madcon's version of the song is a total re-recording, all instruments were performed by the production team 3Elementz, and all vocals by Madcon. The single went 6 times platinum and was the highest selling song in Norway in 2007, and received the "Hit of the Year" Spellemannprisen award. The song also became popular throughout Europe; in France and the Netherlands it reached #1, in the UK it reached #5, and in Germany it peaked at #7.

The song appeared in the live finale of season 3 of America's Best Dance Crew in which finalist Beat Freaks and Quest Crew performed together. It was also used in the episode "Battle Scars" of season 6 of CSI: NY and in the "Meet the Top 20" episode of So You Think You Can Dance. The song was also used in the dance movies Step Up 3D and StreetDance 3D, in addition to the movie Just Go With It and the trailer for the 2011 raunchy comedy Bad Teacher. The music video features Yosef Wolde-Mariam and Tshawe Baqwa in a mix of Blaxploitation-scenes and dozing off while playing Halo 3 and was directed by Christian Holm-Glad.

Track listings[edit]

CD single
  1. "Beggin" (original version) — 3:38
  2. "Beggin" (demolition disco remix) — 5:41
CD maxi
  1. "Beggin" (original version) — 3:38
  2. "Beggin" (phreak inc. remix) — 4:11
  3. "Beggin" (demolition disco remix) — 5:41
  4. "Beggin" (DJ Size Rocfam remix) — 3:09
  5. "Beggin" (video)
Digital download
  1. "Beggin" (original version) — 3:38


Country Certification Date Sales certified Physical sales Digital downloads
France[3] Silver October 23, 2008 100,000 104,350 (in 2008)[4] 84,070 (in 2008)
Germany[5] Gold April 5, 2011 150,000 - -
Russia[6] Gold July 15, 2010 100,000 - 100,000+


Chart (2008–09) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 7
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 20
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[9] 1
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[10] 42
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[11] 4
France (SNEP)[12] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 7
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[14] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 8
Israel (Media Forest)[16] 1
Italy (FIMI)[17] 8
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[18] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[19] 1
Portugal Digital Songs (Billboard)[20] 2
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[21] 15
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[22] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 11
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 5
Turkey (Turkiye Top 20)[25] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[26] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[27] 79
US Dance/Mix Show Airplay (Billboard)[28] 5
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[29] 32
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[30] 23

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Rank
German Singles Chart [31] 31
Chart (2009) Rank
Hungarian Airplay Chart[32] 5
UK Singles Chart[33] 167

Other cover versions[edit]

The Four Seasons' original version did not chart in the United Kingdom. Instead, Northern Soul band Timebox had a minor hit with the song, peaking at #38 in 1968.[34] In 1967 Italian singer Riki Maiocchi performed his cover, "Prega". In the same year, a spanish version was released under the title "Ruega" by the band "Duo Inter". In 1974, Dutch band Shocking Blue included a cover version of the song on their album Good Times. In 2008, British girl band The Saturdays, inspired by both Pilooski and Madcon, recorded their own version as a b-side for their single "Issues" and performed a live acoustic version on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge as well as on their The Work Tour in 2009. In June 2009 Dutch singer/songwwriter Bertolf recorded a semi-acoustic version on YouTube live for the Dutch radio station 3FM. Since then Bertolf's version has been released commercially on iTunes, played regularly on said radio station and during live concerts.

Turkish türkü singer Ferhat Güzel also covered a parody of the song, dubbed "Begüm (Suçu Kendine At)" - literally "Begüm (Blame Yourself)", for Okan Bayülgen's TV show Disko Kralı.[35] It was sung by Michael Sarver, Megan Joy, Scott MacIntyre, Lil Rounds, Anoop Desai and Matt Giraud at the end of the first half of the American Idol Tour. Turkish band Dolapdere Big Gang recorded a cover of the song on their 2010 album Art-ist. French singer-guitarist Aymeric Savignat (aka "Tidusko") covers the song in the compilation album La Musique de Paris Dernière Vol.7 (2009). French singer and composer Claude François sung the French version Reste (lit. meaning "Stay") in 1968. In 2012, vocal harmony group District3 performed the song as part of a mash-up with Chris Brown's "Turn Up the Music" on The X Factor UK.

Vocal group The Overtones also covered the song in 2011.

Swedish artist Magnus Carlson covered the song in 2017.

Uses in the media[edit]

In 2009, many remixes similar to the Pilooski remix of the original "Beggin'" were used in adidas' "House Party" commercial featuring many celebrities past and present who were sponsored by the company, which was promoting 60 years of "outfitting the world in three stripes." Celebrities who make an appearance in the commercial include David Beckham, Missy Elliott, Katy Perry, The Ting Tings, Kevin Garnett, Young Jeezy, Russell Simmons, Estelle, Redman and Method Man, among others. One of these remixes was made by aKido and can be found on his soundcloud page.

The song was also used as part of the BBC's coverage of the 2009/2010 Formula One Championship, primarily during course run-through. Also in 2009, the Madcon cover of "Beggin'" was used by HBO as a theme for its summer programming. "Beggin'" was also on the NBA Live 2009 video game soundtrack.[36] The song is also used in: a scene in the film Just Go With It; in part of the Bad Teacher trailer; as the song for the 24th Street part in the Tilt Mode Army skateboarding video; in the film Step Up 3D; and in the film Macaframa. The Madcon version of "Beggin" was sung by the winning contestant from American Idol (season 11), Phillip Phillips in the final three performance night. Logic also used it as a sample in his Young Sinatra mixtape.

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ French certifications Archived 2009-01-25 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved January 21, 2009)
  4. ^ 2008 French Singles Chart + sales Archived April 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved April 6, 2009)
  5. ^ "Bundesverband Musikindustrie: Gold-/Platin-Datenbank". Retrieved 2012-01-15.
  6. ^ [1] Archived December 28, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
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  9. ^ " – Madcon – Beggin" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ Canadian Hot 100 Top 11-50,
  11. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – RADIO – TOP 100 and insert 200919 into search.
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  13. ^ " – Madcon – Beggin". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  14. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  15. ^ "Ireland Singles Chart". Retrieved 2012-09-23.
  16. ^ "Media Forest: Airplay chart".
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  18. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Madcon" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  19. ^ " – Madcon – Beggin". VG-lista.
  20. ^ "Portugal Digital Songs: Nov 01, 2008 - Billboard Chart Archive". Billboard. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  21. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200843 into search.
  22. ^ " – Madcon – Beggin" Canciones Top 50.
  23. ^ " – Madcon – Beggin". Singles Top 100.
  24. ^ " – Madcon – Beggin". Swiss Singles Chart.
  25. ^ Billboard Turkiye Top 20 Accessed June 24, 2008 Archived July 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ "The Official UK Singles Chart for the week ending 30 August 2008". ChartsPlus. Milton Keynes: IQ Ware Ltd (366): 1–4.
  27. ^ "Madcon Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  28. ^ "Madcon Chart History (Dance Mix/Show Airplay)". Billboard.
  29. ^ "Madcon Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  30. ^ "Madcon Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.
  31. ^ [2] Archived March 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  32. ^ "Éves összesített listák - MAHASZ Rádiós TOP 100 (súlyozott)". Mahasz. Mahasz.
  33. ^ "Charts Plus Year end 2009" (PDF). Charts Plus. Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-19.
  34. ^ The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles; 24th July 1968.
  35. ^ Video on YouTube[dead link]
  36. ^ NBA Live 2009 soundtrack

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