Bop Bop Baby

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"Bop Bop Baby"
Westlife Bop Bop Baby.jpg
Single by Westlife
from the album World of Our Own
Released20 May 2002 (2002-05-20)
FormatCD single
RecordedRokstone Studios, London 2001
GenrePop
Length4:22 (LP version)
4:30 (single remix)
LabelBMG
Songwriter(s)Shane Filan, Brian McFadden, Chris O'Brien, Graham Murphy
Producer(s)Steve Mac
Westlife singles chronology
"World of Our Own"
(2002)
"Bop Bop Baby"
(2002)
"Evergreen"
(2002)
Music video
"Bop Bop Baby" on YouTube

"Bop Bop Baby" is a song by Irish boy band Westlife and it was released on 20 May 2002 as the third single from their third studio album World of Our Own (2001). The single peaked at number five on the UK Singles Chart.[1] However, during an interview, the band claimed this was due to the obscure choice of single, as they would have much preferred to release "Why Do I Love You" - and had even recorded a video for it. It is the band's eighteenth best selling single in paid-for sales category and in best selling single combined sales category in the United Kingdom as of January 2019.[2]

It sold over 120,000 copies in the UK.[3][4] The song also appears on the compilation album, Booom 2002: The Third.[5]

Background[edit]

The song was written by band members Shane Filan and Brian McFadden, alongside producers and writers Chris O'Brien and Graham Murphy.

It was composed in the traditional verse–chorus form in D major, with McFadden, Filan and Feehily's vocal ranging from the chords of G3 to A5.[6]

Music video[edit]

The video for "Bop Bop Baby" was initially to be directed by Vaughn Arnell and was to feature the band in front of the Irish skyline. But instead, the video was directed by Max & Dania.[7] The video was supposed to have Naomi Campbell as the leading lady but she cancelled her participation at the last minute and Leah Wood took over. It takes place during the Medieval times where Harry Potter took place also. At the start of the video it is said that a beautiful maiden wished to marry for love, but her father wanted her to marry Duke Vincent (Vinnie Jones), the vilest man in the kingdom for money. The band members serve as Musketeers who are imprisoned in a dungeon by the Duke. Brian McFadden attempts to approach a nearby prisoner but was scared off. The five members then break free, riding on horses and they arrive at the wedding and battle the Duke's men. At one point, Kian Egan and Mark Feehily nearly slash each other, screaming in the process before they got attacked by the Duke. The band members then attacked the Duke before fleeing the church with the maiden with the Duke in pursuit.

As of 2019, the video has reached 12 million views on YouTube.[8]

Tours performed at[edit]

Track listing[edit]

  • United Kingdom
CD1
  1. "Bop Bop Baby" (Single Remix) - 4:28
  2. "You Don't Know" - 4:11
  3. "Imaginary Diva" (Orphane Remix) - 5:16
  4. "Bop Bop Baby" (Video) - 4:28
CD2
  1. "Bop Bop Baby" (Single Remix) - 4:28
  2. "Bop Bop Baby" (Almighty Radio Edit) - 3:45
  3. "Band Interviews" - 10:00
  • Australia
  1. "Bop Bop Baby" (Single Remix) - 4:28
  2. "Bop Bop Baby" (Almighty Radio Edit) - 3:45
  3. "Bad Girls" - 3:33
  4. "Band Interviews" - 10:00
  5. "Bop Bop Baby" (Video) - 4:28

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United Kingdom 20 May 2002 (2002-05-20)
Australia July 2002 (2002-07)
European Union June 2002 (2002-06)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[9] 56
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 28
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[11] 50
Denmark (Tracklisten)[12] 3
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[13] 12
Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 15
Italy (FIMI)[15] 45
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 21
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 21
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[18] 5
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 16
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 36
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[21] 5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Westlife Official Single Chart: "Bop Bop Baby"". Official Charts. Retrieved 1 May 2018.
  2. ^ Copsey, Rob (12 January 2019). "Westlife's Top 20 biggest songs on the Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Westlife | Official Top 20 | MTV UK". Mtv.co.uk. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Westlife Bop Bop Baby UK Promo POSTER (214661)". Eil.c om. 13 May 2002. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  5. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/booom-2002-the-third-mw0000992911
  6. ^ "Bop Bop Baby BY WESTLIFE - DIGITAL SHEET MUSIC".
  7. ^ dee exx (25 November 2010), The Making Of Bop Bop Baby ~ Westlife, retrieved 20 April 2018
  8. ^ westlifeVEVO (3 October 2009), Westlife - "Bop Bop Baby (Official Video)", retrieved 23 April 2018
  9. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Westlife – Bop Bop Baby". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Westlife – Bop Bop Baby" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Westlife – Bop Bop Baby" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  12. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Westlife – Bop Bop Baby". Tracklisten.
  13. ^ Billboard - Google Books. 8 June 2002. Retrieved 20 February 2014 – via Google Books.
  14. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Westlife – Bop Bop Baby". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  15. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Westlife – Bop Bop Baby". Top Digital Download.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Westlife – Bop Bop Baby" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  17. ^ "Charts.nz – Westlife – Bop Bop Baby". Top 40 Singles.
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Westlife – Bop Bop Baby". Singles Top 100.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Westlife – Bop Bop Baby". Swiss Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "Westlife: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.

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