Blue (Da Ba Dee)
|"Blue (Da Ba Dee)"|
|Single by Eiffel 65|
|from the album Europop|
|Format||CD single, CD maxi|
|Length||3:30 (radio edit)
4:46 (extended mix)
3:40 (video version)
|Writer(s)||Jeffrey Jey, Maurizio Lobina, Massimo Gabutti|
|Producer(s)||Maurizio Lobina, Massimo Gabutti, Luciano Zucchet|
|Eiffel 65 singles chronology|
"Blue (Da Ba Dee)" is a song by Italian group Eiffel 65. It was released in 1999 as the lead single from their debut album Europop (1999). The song is the group's most popular single, reaching number one in many countries such as Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Sweden, Switzerland, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Australia, and Germany, as well as reaching number six on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. In the United Kingdom, the song originally entered the Top 40 purely on import sales. It was only the third single to do this. The song also received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance Recording at the 2001 Grammy Awards.
- 1 Writing and production
- 2 Lyrics and composition
- 3 Critical reception
- 4 Chart performance
- 5 Music video
- 6 Cover versions and samplings
- 7 Appearances in other media
- 8 Formats and track listings
- 9 Charts and sales
- 10 References
Writing and production
Blue, written by Eiffel 65 lead singer Jeffrey Jey, keyboardist Maurizio Lobina, and producer Massimo Gabutti, 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. Lobina came up with the "da ba dee" hook at the end of this line.
Lyrics and composition
A 29-second sample from "Blue (Da Ba Dee)", featuring the distorted hook of the song.
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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 to", may indicate that the term blue represents his emotional state. The song also states that a vast variety of what he owns is also blue, including his house and his car; various blue-coloured objects are also depicted on the single's cover. The song's hook is the sentence "I'm blue", followed by a repetition of the words "da ba dee da ba die", which the hook is based around.
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-. 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."
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," reaching No. 14.
Also worth noting is that in the Russian slang word "blue" is synonymous with the word "homosexual", which can carry negative color to the Russian-speaking audience.
The single, released in April 1999, was a chart-topper in many European countries. The song initially found success in France, where it debuted on the chart in June 1999 and reached number one in late August. It then found success in other European countries, reaching the top spot on many charts in September the same year, including Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway and many other countries. It replaced "Mambo No. 5" by Lou Bega on many of these charts at the top spot.
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 remains, as of 2014, the highest charting Italian song ever in the United States.
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". The video featured computer graphics created with 3ds Max, and has Eiffel 65 members Maurizio Lobina and Gabry Ponte trying to save Jeffrey Jey from the aliens Zorotl and Sayok6.
Cover versions and samplings
German recording artist Max Raabe and Palast Orchester covered the song for his 2001 album Super Hits. A cover version was released on the 2006 Crazy Frog album More Crazy Hits. Flo Rida sampled the chorus of "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" in his 2009 single "Sugar". The parody death metal cover band Ten Masked Men also has a version. Dance music act Michael Mind Project used a sample of "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" in their 2012 single "Feeling So Blue".
Appearances in other media
The song has appeared in multiple films and television series. It was included in films such as Loser (2000), Big Fat Liar (2002), and more notably, Iron Man 3 (2013), the latter case during a flashback scene set in 1999, the year the song was released. 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. The song was also featured in an EDF Energy advertisement in 2015.
Formats and track listings
- Italy CD single 1998
- "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (DJ Ponte Ice Pop Mix) – 6:25
- "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (DJ Ponte Radio Edit) – 4:43
- "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Glamour Jump Mix) – 5:19
- "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Dub Mix) – 4:47
- German CD maxi-single
- "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Blue Ice Pop Radio Edit) – 3:39
- "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (DJ Ponte Ice Pop Mix) – 6:26
- "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Hannover Remix) – 6:24
- "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Dub Mix) – 4:48
- "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Ice Pop Instrumental Mix) – 6:27
- "Blue (Da Ba Dee)" (Blue Paris Remix) – 7:42
Charts and sales
Chart precession and succession
|Order of precedence|
"Tomber la chemise" by Zebda
|French SNEP number one single
7 August 1999 - 7 August 1999 - 21 August 1999
"Mambo No. 5" by Lou Bega
"Mambo No. 5" by Lou Bega
|Swiss number one single
22 August 1999 - 22 August 1999 - 24 October 1999
"So bist du (und wenn Du gehst...)" by Oli P.
|Dutch Top 40 number one single
21 August 1999 - 4 September 1999 - 18 September 1999
"The Road Ahead (Miles of the Unknown)" by City to City
|Belgian (Flanders) number one single
11 September 1999 - 21 October 1999
"Genie in a Bottle" by Christina Aguilera
|Irish IRMA number one single
18 September 1999 - 16 October 1999
"Flying Without Wings" by Westlife
|Swedish number one single
2 September 1999 - 22 September 1999 - 21 October 1999
"The Bad Touch" by Bloodhound Gang
|German number one single
13 August 1999 - 8 October 1999
"The Bad Touch" by Bloodhound Gang
|Norwegian VG-lista number one single
18 September 1999 - 2 October 1999
"If I Let You Go" by Westlife
|Finnish number-one single
18 September 1999 - 30 October 1999
"Torremolinos 2000" by Apulanta & Don Huonot
|New Zealand RIANZ number one single
14 November 1999
"One & Only" by Deep Obsession
|Australian number-one single
14 November 1999 - 16 January 2000
"I Try" by Macy Gray
"We're Going to Ibiza" by Vengaboys
|UK Singles Chart number one single
19 September 1999 - 9 October 1999
"Genie in a Bottle" by Christina Aguilera
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