Buses and Trains

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"Buses and Trains"
Buses and Trains.jpg
CD single cover
Single by Bachelor Girl
from the album Waiting for the Day
Released18 June 1998
Songwriter(s)James Roche
Producer(s)Bachelor Girl
Bachelor Girl singles chronology
"Buses and Trains"
"Treat Me Good"

"Buses and Trains" is the debut single by Australian pop band Bachelor Girl. Released in June 1998 as the first single from the band's debut album, Waiting for the Day, the song peaked at number four on the ARIA Singles Chart and remains the band's highest-charting single. It was also a major hit in New Zealand, where it reached number six and earned a Gold certification. It additionally reached number 29 in Sweden, number 35 in Iceland and number 65 in the United Kingdom.

At the APRA Music Awards of 1999, the song was nominated for Most Performed Australian Work and won Song of the Year.[1] At the ARIA Music Awards of 1999, it was nominated for Highest Selling Australian Single but lost to "Jackie" by BZ featuring Joanne.

Music video[edit]

The video features Tania recording a snapshot of her life to send to her mum. The entire video is viewed from the TV's point of perception, with Tania doing various things correlating with the lyrics in the song as she sings. The view occasionally turns the side where James Roche can be seen playing an instrument. It ends with Tania ejecting the tape and writing 'Dear Mum' on an envelope before slipping the tape inside.

Track listings[edit]

CD single[2]

  1. "Buses and Trains" – 3:43
  2. "This Must Be Love" – 4:02
  3. "Buses and Trains" (Roadside mix) – 3:57



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[9] Platinum 70,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[10] Gold 5,000*

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

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format Label Catalogue
Australia 18 June 1998 CD single Gotham /BMG GOTH98052


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  2. ^ "Buses & Trains: Bachelor Girl: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Bachelor Girl – Buses and Trains". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Íslenski Listinn (22.7–29.7. 1999)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 23 July 1999. p. 14. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Charts.nz – Bachelor Girl – Buses and Trains". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Bachelor Girl – Buses and Trains". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  8. ^ "1998 ARIA Singles Chart". ARIA. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  9. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 10 August 2020. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  10. ^ "New Zealand single certifications". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 3 December 2018.