Bonkers (song)

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This article is about the Dizzee Rascal song. For the Bonkers Happy Hardcore compilation album series, see Bonkers (compilation album series).
Bonkers cover art.jpg
Single by Dizzee Rascal featuring Armand Van Helden
from the album Tongue n' Cheek
B-side "Butterfly"
Released 17 May 2009
Recorded 2009
Length 2:59
Label Dirtee Stank
Producer(s) Armand Van Helden
Dizzee Rascal singles chronology
"Dance wiv Me"
Armand Van Helden singles chronology
"Ski Hard"

"Bonkers" is a song by British rapper Dizzee Rascal and American producer Armand Van Helden. It is the first single released from Rascal's fourth studio album, Tongue n' Cheek. Rascal released the track under his own record label, Dirtee Stank Recordings on 17 May 2009 in the United Kingdom, entering at the top of the UK Singles Chart, marking Dizzee's second number one single, third top ten single and eleventh top forty hit on the chart. This was also Van Helden's third number one single after a decade, since "U Don't Know Me". In October 2011, NME placed it at number 59 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[2]


The record was selected as Jo Whiley's Pet Sound and Sara Cox's 'Weekend Anthem'. Mr Rascal said in an interview with The Sun newspaper that he is unashamed of the song's pop hooks, and despite initially having a strong dislike for house music he has enjoyed making the song. On 5 May 2009 The King Blues, chose Bonkers as their cover when they were in the Live Lounge with Jo Whiley.

Rascal performed the song live during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics as part of a montage of British pop music.[3]

Usage in media[edit]

The song appeared on the Nintendo DS and Wii video game Need for Speed: Nitro, which takes place in Rio de Janeiro, Cairo, Madrid, Singapore, and Dubai for the Wii version,[4] as well as in Need For Speed: Most Wanted. The song appeared in the film Kingsman: The Secret Service.

Music video[edit]

There is a music video for the song that shows Dizzee Rascal on an inflatable pickup.

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Bonkers" (Radio Edit) – 2:59
  2. "Bonkers" (Club Mix) – 5:12
  3. "Bonkers" (Club Dub) – 5:26
  4. "Butterfly" – 3:53
  • Digital download[7]
  1. "Bonkers" (Radio Edit) – 2:59
  2. "Bonkers" (Club Mix) – 5:18
  3. "Bonkers" (Club Dub) – 5:26
  4. "Butterfly" – 3:53
  5. "Bonkers" (Music Video) – 2:56
  • Bonkers (Remixes) – single[8]
  1. "Bonkers (As Heard on Radio Soulwax Edit)" – 3:45 (Only available in Belgium and The Netherlands)
  2. "Bonkers (Doorly Remix)" – 4:30



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[22] Platinum 70,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[23] Platinum 600,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United Kingdom[24] 17 May 2009 CD single
Digital download
Australia 22 May 2009 Digital download


  1. ^ Reynolds, Simon (2009-05-25). "It's all gone bonkers: the dizzy rise of Dizzee Rascal | Simon Reynolds | Music". Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  2. ^ 150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years. NME.
  3. ^ "Dizzee Rascal, Emeli Sandé, Mike Oldfield perform at Olympics opening ceremony". NME. 27 June 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Need for Speed NITRO Release Date Pushed Up". ign. 
  5. ^ Dizze Rascal - Bonkers. HMV Group.
  6. ^ Dizzee Rascal And Armand Van Helden - Bonkers, release. Discogs.
  7. ^ Dizzee Rascal featuring Armand Van Helden - Bonkers, single Archived 4 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. iTunes.
  8. ^ "iTunes - Music - Bonkers (Remixes) - Single by Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden". 2009-07-06. Retrieved 2018-02-26.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ Bonkers by Dizzee Rasca and Armand Van Heldenl.
  10. ^ " – Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  11. ^ " – Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  12. ^ " – Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  13. ^ " – Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  14. ^ "Dizzee Rascal: Bonkers" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  15. ^ " – Dizzee Rascal Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  16. ^ "Chart Track: Week 22, 2009". Irish Singles Chart.
  17. ^ " – Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers". Top 40 Singles.
  18. ^ " – Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers". Swiss Singles Chart.
  19. ^ "Archive Chart: 2009-05-30" UK Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2009". ARIA. Archived from the original on 30 January 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2007. 
  21. ^ "Charts Plus Year end 2009" (PDF). Charts Plus. Retrieved 2007-07-19. 
  23. ^ "British single certifications – Dizzee Rascal – Bonkers". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved May 21, 2019.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help) Enter Bonkers in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  24. ^ Dizzee Rascal ft. Armand Van Helden - Bonkers Archived 26 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. iTunes.

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Preceded by
"Boom Boom Pow" by The Black Eyed Peas
UK Singles Chart number-one single
24 May 2009 – 6 June 2009
Succeeded by
"Boom Boom Pow" by The Black Eyed Peas
Preceded by
"I'm Not Alone" by Calvin Harris
UK Dance Chart number-one single
24 May 2009 – 6 June 2009
Succeeded by
"Release Me" by Agnes