Boombastic (song)

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"Boombastic"
Boombastic Shaggy.jpg
Single by Shaggy
from the album Boombastic
B-side"In the Summertime" (remix)
ReleasedJune 5, 1995 (1995-06-05)
Recorded1994
Genre
Length3:52
LabelVirgin
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Shaggy
Shaggy singles chronology
"In the Summertime"
(1995)
"Boombastic"
(1995)
"Why You Treat Me So Bad"
(1996)
Music video
"Boombastic" on YouTube

"Boombastic" is a song by Jamaican musical artist Shaggy from his third studio album, Boombastic. Released on June 5, 1995, the single achieved commercial success in many countries, including Ireland, UK, Sweden, New Zealand, and Australia, where it topped the singles charts. It spent a week at number one on the US Billboard R&B chart, and a similar stint atop the UK Singles Chart. It also reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100. A remix featuring Sting International, which features a sample of Marvin Gaye's "Let's Get It On", was released in January 1996. The latter is featured on some versions of the Boombastic album as a bonus track.

Critical reception[edit]

Bill Lamb from About.com said Shaggy "exhibits oodles of personal charm alongside the funky grooves" of the song.[1] AllMusic editor David Jeffries called it "pivotal".[2] Larry Flick from Billboard noted that it "jerks about with a hypnotic groove that owes as much to hip hop and rave/pop as it does to traditional island music. Shaggy's toasting is quite friendly to mainstream pop ears, and he masterfully twists and bends the chorus. Primed for immediate picking by jeep listeners, smoking track comes in two radical versions that are designed to lure both street kids and their more mature counterparts."[3] Tom Ewing of Freaky Trigger said the musician is "the benevolent monarch of this world, giving a comical, flirtatious, crowd-tickling performance, his army of mechanical instruments dancing in and out of his phrasing. His main trick here is using his voice like a yo-yo, winding his vowels out on "rohhhhhh-" before he flicks the word back "-mantic!"."[4]

A reviewer from Music Week rated the song four out of five, adding that it is being used in the latest Levi's ad, "guaranteeing the Shagster another UK smash with this slo-mo pop ragga which samples Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On."[5] James Hamilton from the magazine's RM Dance Update viewed it as "gruffy twiddly-diddled".[6] John Kilgo from The Network Forty deemed it a "reggae/rap masterpiece".[7] Gerald Martinez from New Sunday Times stated that "with sparse, hypnotic backing, Shaggy's boastful rapping carries the song."[8] A reviewer from People Magazine wrote that the album "is more like the real reggae thing", and "the raw title song is the style's most uncompromising Top 10 trip yet."[9] Mark Sutherland from Smash Hits gave it two out of five, calling it a "gruff, grinding ragga-lite" track.[10] Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet declared it as the "gold particle" of the album.[11]

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced to promote the single and was later published on Shaggy's official YouTube channel in March 2009. It features him performing in and outside an old house, surrounded by dancing females and flickering lights. The video has amassed more than 162,3 million views as of October 2021.

Track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Charted as a double A-side with "In the Summertime".

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[49] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[51] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[52] Gold 250,000*
Germany (BVMI)[53] Gold 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[54] Platinum 10,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[55] Platinum 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[56] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[58] Platinum 1,200,000[57]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

In popular culture[edit]

The song was featured in the animated film Barnyard, sung by the character "Biggie Cheese". Alongside its corresponding scene, the song subsequently became an internet meme about a decade later.[59] The song was also used in the 2007 film Mr. Bean's Holiday.

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