Cotton Eye Joe (Rednex song)

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"Cotton Eye Joe"
Single by Rednex
from the album Sex & Violins
B-side "Ride the Hurricane's Eye (Winnetoons Version)"
Released 12 August 1994
Format CD single, 12-inch single
Recorded 1994
Genre Eurodance,[1][2] techno[2][3]
Length 3:14
Label Internal Affairs (UK)
Battery (NA)
ZYX (Germany)
Writer(s) Janne Ericsson
Örjan Öban Öberg
Pat Reiniz
Producer(s) Pat Reiniz
Rednex singles chronology
"Cotton Eye Joe"
(1994)
"Old Pop in an Oak"
(1995)

"The Chase"
(2001)

"Cotton Eye Joe 2002"
(2002)

"Mama Take Me Home"
(2006)

"Cotton Eye Joe" is a song by Swedish Eurodance group Rednex from their debut studio album Sex & Violins (1995). Sampling the traditional American folk song "Cotton-Eyed Joe", it combines the group's style with traditional American instruments such as banjos[4] and fiddles. In 2002, "Cotton Eye Joe" was remixed in a dance version, and was released from Rednex's greatest hits album, The Best of the West.

Chart performances[edit]

The Rednex version of the song (using "Eye" instead of "Eyed"), along with a dance-mix version, was very successful in Europe, where it remained at number one in Norway for 15 weeks, Switzerland for 13 weeks, Germany for 10 weeks, Sweden for 8 weeks, Austria for 7 weeks, and for 3 weeks on the UK Singles Chart. In Ireland, it peaked at Number 2 in January 1995. In Oceania, it topped the New Zealand Singles Chart for 6 consecutive weeks. In Australia it peaked at number 8 in April 1995. In the US, it peaked at number 25 in March 1995.

Critical reception[edit]

Blender magazine ranked the song at #38 on the list of the "50 Worst Songs Ever".[5]

In popular culture[edit]

Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Chipettes covered the song for their 2015 live stage tour Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Musical.

Track listings[edit]

CD
  1. "Cotton Eye Joe" (Original Single Version) — 3:14
  2. "Cotton Eye Joe" (Madcow Mix) — 4:46
  3. "Cotton Eye Joe" (Madcow Instrumental) — 4:46
  4. "Cotton Eye Joe" (Overworked Mix) — 6:20
  5. "Cotton Eye Joe" (Original Instrumental) — 3:08
CD - 2002 version
  1. "Cotton Eye Joe 2002" - 3:33
  2. "Cotton Eye Joe 2002 (Dance Nation Remix)" - 7:32
  3. "Cotton Eye Joe 2002 (Aquagen Remix)" - 7:45
  4. "Ride the Hurricane's Eye (Winnetoons Version)" - 3:02
  5. "Cotton Eye Joe 2002 (Extended Version)" - 5:56

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Love Is All Around" by Wet Wet Wet
Swedish number-one single
September 2, 1994 - October 21, 1994 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
"This Is the Way" by E-Type
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
September 17, 1994 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Dromen zijn bedrog" by Marco Borsato
Norwegian VG-Lista number-one single
41/1994 - 2/1995 (15 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Old Pop in an Oak" by Rednex
Preceded by
"Saturday Night" by Whigfield
German number-one single
November 4, 1994 - January 6, 1995 (10 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Tears Don't Lie" by Mark 'Oh
Preceded by
"Hey Süßer" by Lucilectric
Austrian number-one single
November 6, 1994 - December 18, 1994 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Hey Süßer" by Lucilectric
Preceded by
"Secret" by Madonna
Swiss number-one single
November 27, 1994 - February 26, 1995 (13 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Conquest of Paradise" by Vangelis
Preceded by
"Always" by Bon Jovi
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
December 10, 1994 - February 11, 1995 (10 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Here Comes The Hotstepper" by Ini Kamoze
Preceded by
"Stay Another Day" by East 17
UK Singles Chart number-one single
January 8, 1995 - January 28, 1995 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Think Twice" by Céline Dion
Preceded by
"Tomorrow" by Silverchair
New Zealand RIANZ number-one single
March 5, 1995 - April 9, 1995 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"If You Love Me" by Brownstone
Preceded by
"Everybody on the Floor (Pump It)" by Tokyo Ghetto Pussy
Canadian RPM Dance chart number-one single
March 13, 1995 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"You & I" by J.K.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b The A.V. Club (2009). Inventory: 16 Films Featuring Manic Pixie Dream Girls, 10 Great Songs Nearly Ruined by Saxophone, and 100 More Obsessively Specific Pop-Culture Lists. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4165-9473-4. 
  3. ^ Flick, Larry; Pride, Dominic (February 18, 1995). "Will U.S. Fans Dance To Jive's Rednex Fiddling ?". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media). p. 117. ISSN 0006-2510. 
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  30. ^ "British single certifications – Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 29, 2012.  Enter Cotton Eye Joe 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
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