Boys (Charli XCX song)

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"Boys"
Boys - Charli XCX Single Cover.png
Single by Charli XCX
Released 26 July 2017 (2017-07-26)
Format Digital download
Genre
Length 2:42
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Jerker Olov Hansson
  • Cass Lowe (add.)
Charli XCX singles chronology
"Love Gang"
(2017)
"Boys"
(2017)
"Dirty Sexy Money"
(2017)

"Love Gang"
(2017)
"Boys"
(2017)
"Dirty Sexy Money"
(2017)
Music video
"Boys" on YouTube

"Boys" is a single by English singer Charli XCX, released on 26 July 2017 by Asylum Records and Atlantic Records UK. The song serves as the second single from her untitled upcoming third studio album to be released in 2018. In August 2016, Charli XCX revealed that her upcoming album would largely be produced by Sophie and Stargate.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Critical reception[edit]

Pitchfork named the song the 'Best New Track', and in a review contributor Eve Barlow wrote that "Boys" is "deceptively simple-sounding and unfussy," and "a reminder that [Charli XCX is] one of the best at knowing how to have fun; her convivial bop sounds as effortless as something dreamed up between lunch and dinner.".[9] The song was placed on several critics' lists for best of the year.

Year-end lists[edit]

Publication Year Accolade Rank Ref.
Billboard 2017 Best Songs of 2017
35
Complex The Best Songs of 2017
42
Entertainment Weekly Best Songs of 2017
19
Esquire 50 Best Songs of 2017 N/A
The Fader The 101 Best Songs of 2017
54
The Guardian The Top 100 Tracks of 2017
2
The Line of Best Fit The Best Fifty Songs of 2017
2
NME Best Songs of the Year 2017
2
Noisey The 100 Best Songs of 2017
23
Pitchfork The 100 Best Songs of 2017
10
Pretty Much Amazing The Best Songs of 2017
18
Rolling Stone 50 Best Songs of 2017
23

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Boys" was released on 26 July 2017. It was directed by Charli XCX, with additional direction from Sarah McColgan, and began production in April 2017.

The video features a multitude of different celebrity cameos: DNCE frontman Joe Jonas, Connor Franta, Caspar Lee, Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie, One Ok Rock vocalist Takahiro Moriuchi, G-Eazy, Bleachers frontman Jack Antonoff, producer Mark Ronson, singer Mac DeMarco, R&B duo THEY., Riz Ahmed, Ty Dolla Sign, Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig and former member Rostam Batmanglij, Charlie Puth, Bring Me the Horizon frontman Oliver Sykes, Will.i.am, Josh Ostrovsky, Chromeo, Flume, A.G. Cook, The Vamps members James McVey and Tristan Evans, Jay Park, Bastille's Dan Smith, Hurts singer Theo Hutchcraft, The Courteeners frontman Liam Fray, Tom Daley, Tom Grennan, Carl Barât and Cameron Dallas among others.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[22]
  1. "Boys" – 2:42
  • Digital download[23]
  1. "Boys" (Acoustic) – 2:55
  • Digital download[24]
  1. "Boys" (Coldabank Remix) – 3:56
  • Digital download[25]
  1. "Boys" (DROELOE Remix) – 3:3
  • Digital download[26]
  1. "Boys" (Nevada Remix) – 3:08

Credits and personnel[edit]

Taken from Tidal.[27]

  • Charli XCX – lead vocals
  • Jerker Hansson – songwriting, production
  • Cass Lowe – songwriting, production
  • Emily Warren – songwriting
  • Ingrid Andress – songwriting
  • Michael Pollack – songwriting
  • Ari Leff – songwriting

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[28] 60
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[29] 16
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[30] 4
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[31] 60
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[32] 41
France (SNEP)[33] 159
Ireland (IRMA)[34] 55
Netherlands (Single Tip)[35] 24
New Zealand Heatseekers (RMNZ)[36] 1
Philippines (Philippine Hot 100)[37] 41
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[38] 26
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[39] 60
Sweden Heatseeker (Sverigetopplistan)[40] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[41] 31
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[42] 10

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[43] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Charli XCX Talks 'Boys' And Life After 'Number 1 Angel'". The Interns. 27 July 2017. 
  3. ^ Wass, Mike (13 October 2016). "Charli XCX Taps Lil Yachty For New Single "After The Afterparty"". Idolator. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  4. ^ Bowe, Miles (13 October 2016). "Charli XCX teases Lil Yachty collab on upcoming Sophie-produced LP". Fact. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  5. ^ Cooper, Duncan (16 August 2016). "Shame Less". The Fader. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  6. ^ Rettig, James (13 October 2016). "Charli XCX Teases Lil Yachty Collab "After The Afterparty"". Stereogum. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  7. ^ "Charli XCX Teases New Lil Yachty Collab Single 'After the Afterparty'". DIY. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  8. ^ Renshaw, David (14 October 2016). "Charli XCX's New Single Will Feature Lil Yachty". The Fader. Retrieved 26 July 2017. 
  9. ^ Barlow, Eve (26 July 2017). ""Boys" Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  10. ^ Billboard Staff (13 December 2017). "Billboard's 100 Best Songs of 2017: Critics' Picks". Billboard. 
  11. ^ Klinkenberg, Brendan. "The Best Songs of 2017 - Charli XCX, "Boys"". Complex. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
  12. ^ Nolan Feeney (13 December 2017). "Best Songs of 2017: EW picks the 30 greatest". Entertainment Weekly. 
  13. ^ Matt Miller (4 December 2017). "The 50 Best Songs of 2017". Esquire. 
  14. ^ "The 101 best songs of 2017". The Fader. 3 December 2017. 
  15. ^ Ben Beaumont-Thomas (4 December 2017). "The top 100 tracks of 2017". The Guardian. 
  16. ^ "The Best Fifty Songs of 2017 Ranked". The Line of Best Fit. 8 December 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2018. 
  17. ^ "Best Songs of the Year 2017". 27 November 2017. 
  18. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2017". 7 December 2017. 
  19. ^ "The 100 Best Songs of 2017". Pitchfork. 11 December 2017. 
  20. ^ "The Best Songs of 2017". Pretty Much Amazing. 29 November 2017. 
  21. ^ Weingarten, Christopher R.; Spanos, Brittany; Aaron, Charles; Vozick-Levinson, Simon; Johnston, Maura; Hermes, Will; Sheffield, Rob (29 November 2017). "50 Best Songs of 2017". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 April 2018. 
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  24. ^ "Boys (Coldabank Remix) – Single by Charli XCX". iTunes Store (GB). 
  25. ^ "Boys (DROELOE Remix) – Single by Charli XCX". iTunes Store (GB). 
  26. ^ "Boys (Nevada Remix) – Single by Charli XCX". iTunes Store (GB). 
  27. ^ "Boys / Charli XCX – Tidal". listen.tidal.com. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  28. ^ Ryan, Gavin (14 August 2017). "Australian Charts: Luis Fonsi and Friends Continues To Dominate Singles Chart". Noise11. Retrieved 15 August 2017. 
  29. ^ "Ultratop.be – Charli XCX – Boys" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  30. ^ "Ultratop.be – Charli XCX – Boys" (in French). Ultratip. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  31. ^ "Charli XCX Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  32. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201748 into search. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  33. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Singles Téléchargés – SNEP (Week 31, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  34. ^ "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 19 August 2017. 
  35. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Dutch Single Tip – 12/08/2017" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Retrieved 11 August 2017. 
  36. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 7 August 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017. 
  37. ^ "BillboardPH Hot 100". Billboard Philippines. 21 August 2017. Retrieved 21 August 2017. 
  38. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  39. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201738 into search. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  40. ^ "Veckolista Heatseeker – Vecka 31, 4 augusti 2017". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 5 August 2017. 
  41. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
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  43. ^ "British single certifications – Charli Xcx – Boys". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 May 2018.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Enter Boys in the search field and then press Enter.