Blue (Da Ba Dee)

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"Blue (Da Ba Dee)"
Eiffel65BlueDaBaDeeCDSingleCover.jpg
Single by Eiffel 65
from the album Europop
B-side"Remix"
ReleasedOctober 1998[1]
Format
RecordedSeptember 1998
GenreEurodance[2]
Length
  • 4:45 (album version)
  • 3:39 (video edit)
  • 3:29 (US radio edit)
LabelBliss Corporation
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Maurizio Lobina
  • Gabry Ponte
Eiffel 65 singles chronology
"Blue (Da Ba Dee)"
(1998)
"Too Much of Heaven"
(1999)

"Blue (Da Ba Dee)" is a song by Italian music group Eiffel 65. It was first released in October 1998 in Italy by Bliss Corporation and became internationally successful the following year.[1] It is the lead single of their debut album Europop. The song is the group's most popular single, reaching number one in many countries such as Ireland, the United Kingdom,[3] the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Canada, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, New Zealand, Israel, Lebanon, Finland, Norway, Belgium, Australia, Austria, Greece, Germany and Hungary, as well as reaching #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States in January 2000.[4]

In the United Kingdom, the song originally entered the top 40 purely on import sales; it was only the third single to do this.[5] The song also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 2001 Grammy Awards, 2 years after it was released.[6]

Writing and production[edit]

"Blue", written by Eiffel 65 lead singer Jeffrey Jey, keyboardist Maurizio Lobina, and producer Massimo Gabutti, it was known for Underground Warriors, was inspired by group member Maurizio Lobina's composed opening piano hook. The producers of the song then came up with the idea for a dance song. Jey stated that his inspiration for the lyrics was how a person picked his lifestyle. The colour blue as the main topic of the song was picked at random, with Lobina telling him to write nonsensical lyrics. Gabutti came up with the "da ba dee" hook[7].[8] The pitch-shifted vocal effect used in the song was created with a harmonizer.[9]

Lyrics and composition[edit]

"Blue (Da Ba Dee)" is written in the key of G minor, with the vocal range spanning from C3 to E4,[10] and is set in common time with a moderate tempo of 128 beats per minute.[11]

The song's lyrics tell a story about a man who lives in a "blue world." It is also stated he is "blue inside and outside," which, along with the lyric "himself and everybody around 'cause he ain't got nobody to listen," and "blue are the feelings that live inside me" may indicate that the term blue represents his emotional state; however, the song also states that a vast variety of what he owns is also blue, including his house and his car ("a blue Corvette"): various blue-coloured objects are also depicted on the single's cover.[12] The song's hook is the sentence "I'm blue," followed by a repetition of the sounds "da ba dee da ba daa", which the hook is based around. This sound shared by related compositions such as "Around the World (La La La La La)" by ATC that surfaced around the same time.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received mixed reviews from critics. Entertainment Weekly positively reviewed the song, calling the song "a fleeting, feel-good foot-tapper" and gave the song a rating of B-.[14] PopMatters reviewer Chris Massey, in his review of Europop, described his initial reaction to the song as being "really, really bad." However, he later stated in the review that after many repeated listenings of the song he "loved it."[15]

Rolling Stone, however, in their review of Europop, gave the song a negative review, stating that the song "blends Cher-esque vocoder vocals, trance-like synth riffs, unabashed Eurodisco beats and a baby-babble chorus so infantile it makes the Teletubbies sound like Shakespeare." The magazine also placed the song on their list of the "20 Most Annoying Songs," at No. 14.[16]

Chart performance[edit]

The single, released in October 1998, was a chart-topper in many European countries. The song initially found success in France, where it debuted in August 1999 and reached number one for three weeks. It then found success in other European countries, reaching the top spot on many charts in September the same year, including Germany, the Netherlands,[17] Switzerland,[18] Sweden,[19] Norway and many other countries. It replaced "Mambo No. 5" by Lou Bega on many of these charts at the top spot. In the United Kingdom, the song spent three weeks at the top of the singles chart in September and October, eventually becoming the second biggest selling single of that year in the country behind "Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears.

The song also found success in other regions, including Oceania and North America: it reached number one in Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It became a top ten hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, reaching number six. It became the highest charting Italian song in the United States since Al di là by Emilio Pericoli that also peaked at six in 1962.

The song re-charted on 6 May 2013 at No. 40 in the U.K.,[20] the same week the song appeared in the film Iron Man 3.

Music video[edit]

Eiffel 65 on television screens during the opening segment of the video.

The music video for the song was released in 1999 by the BlissCoMedia, a computer graphics company of the Bliss Corporation, known at the time the video was produced and released as "BlissMultiMedia".[21] The video featured computer graphics created with 3ds Max,[22] and has Eiffel 65 members Maurizio Lobina and Gabry Ponte trying to save Jeffrey Jey from the aliens Zorotl and Sayok6.[23]

Cover versions and samplings[edit]

German singer Max Raabe and Palast Orchester covered the song for his 2001 studio album Super Hits.[24] A cover version was released on the 2006 Crazy Frog studio album More Crazy Hits. Flo Rida sampled the chorus of "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" in his 2009 single "Sugar".[25] Michael Mind Project used a sample of "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" in their 2012 single "Feeling So Blue". Sandra Lyng used a sample of the song in her single "Blue".[26] American country artist Coffey Anderson used a sampling in his 2017 single "Bud Light Blue". Just Dance 2018 covers this song as well, said artist for this song is by Hit The Electro Beat.

Use in media[edit]

The song has appeared in multiple films and television series. It was included in films such as Loser (2000), Big Fat Liar (2002), Iron Man 3 (2013), Mommy (2014), Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017), and Smallfoot (2018), the third instance during a flashback scene set in 1999, the year the song became popular.[27] In television, it was used in Daria episode The F Word and in 90210 finale of season 1. On 15 March 2011 Ozone Entertainment released the song through the Rock Band Network. It is the first song on the service to incorporate the keyboard introduced in Rock Band 3.[28][29] The song was also featured in an EDF Energy advertisement in 2015.

A cover version of the song that matches the video version's length is featured in the 2017 dance rhythm game Just Dance 2018.

The game Sir! I'd Like To Report A Bug! dedicates one level to this song, in which the entire environment is colored blue.[30] As this is a video game about fixing glitches, the player is required to report this phenomenon as a software bug upon completing the level.

Formats and track listings[edit]

Italy CD single 1999
  1. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (DJ Ponte Ice Pop Mix) – 6:25
  2. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (DJ Ponte Radio Edit) – 4:43
  3. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Glamour Jump Mix) – 5:19
  4. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Dub Mix) – 4:47
German CD maxi-single
  1. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Blue Ice Pop Radio Edit) – 3:39
  2. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (DJ Ponte Ice Pop Mix) – 6:26
  3. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Hannover Remix) – 6:24
  4. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Dub Mix) – 4:48
  5. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Ice Pop Instrumental Mix) – 6:27
  6. "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Blue Paris Remix) – 7:42

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[78] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[79] Platinum 30,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[80] Gold 50,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[81] Gold 45,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[82] Gold 7,957[82]
France (SNEP)[83] Diamond 750,000*
Germany (BVMI)[84] 5× Gold 1,250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[85] Gold 40,000^
Sweden (GLF)[86] 3× Platinum 60,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[87] 2× Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[88] 2× Platinum 1,200,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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