Cry Wolf (A-ha song)

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"Cry Wolf"
Cover-crywolf-big.jpg
Single by A-ha
from the album Scoundrel Days
B-side"Maybe, Maybe"
Released24 November 1986
Recorded1986
Genre
Length
  • 4:05 (Album Version)
  • 8:12 (Extended Version)
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Alan Tarney
A-ha singles chronology
"I've Been Losing You"
(1986)
"Cry Wolf"
(1986)
"Manhattan Skyline"
(1987)

"Cry Wolf" is a song by Norwegian band A-ha. It was the second single from their 1986 Scoundrel Days album.

The lyrics "Night I left the city I dreamt of a Wolf..." are credited to Lauren Savoy, who got later married to the band's guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy.

It was the most successful single from the Scoundrel Days album in the U.S., where it peaked at #14 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts and went to #50 on the Billboard Hot 100, though it would be the band's last entry on that chart. The single reached the Top 40 in various other countries, including Top 5 chartings in the UK, Poland and Ireland, and #2 in Norway. It was certified Silver in the UK on 1 January 1987.[1]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Steve Barron in Couches at the Chateau de Couches,[2] Burgundy, France. The theme of the video was taken from the fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf, which was also the inspiration for the song.

Formats and track listing[edit]

7": Warner Bros. / W 8500 United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "Cry Wolf" (Album Version) - 4:05
  2. "Maybe, Maybe" - 2:34

12": Warner Bros. / W 8500T United Kingdom[edit]

  1. "Cry Wolf" (Extended Version) - 8:12
  2. "Cry Wolf" (Album Version) - 4:05
  3. "Maybe, Maybe" - 2:34

Chart positions[edit]

[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12]

Year Chart Peak
1986
Australia (Kent Music Report)[13] 45
Belgian Singles Chart 9
British Singles Chart 5
Danish Singles Chart 4
Dutch Top 50 12
French Singles Chart 35
German Singles Chart 20
Irish Singles Chart 4
Italian Singles Chart 13
New Zealand Singles Chart 10
Norwegian Singles Chart 2
South African Singles Chart 13
Swiss Singles Chart 27
US Billboard Hot 100 50
US Hot Dance Music club Play 14

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Italy (FIMI)[14] 90

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Date Sales certified
Uk singles Chart Silver 1986 250,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Bpi
  2. ^ https://montjoye.net/chateau-de-couches
  3. ^ "Norwegian Singles Chart". VG-lista. Retrieved 7 March 2008.
  4. ^ "American Single Charts". VG-lista. Retrieved 7 March 2008.
  5. ^ "American Single Charts". Billboard. Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. Retrieved 7 May 2008.
  6. ^ "British Single Chart". UK Top 40. Retrieved 7 March 2008.
  7. ^ "Swedish Singles Chart". Hitlista. Archived from the original on 21 September 2008. Retrieved 7 March 2008.
  8. ^ "French Singles Chart". Palmares. Archived from the original on 21 September 2008. Retrieved 7 March 2008.
  9. ^ "Austrian Singles Chart". Austria Top 40. Retrieved 7 March 2008.
  10. ^ "Swiss Singles Chart". Schweizer Hitparade. Retrieved 7 March 2008.
  11. ^ "Irish Singles Chart". The Irish Chart. Retrieved 7 March 2008.
  12. ^ "German Singles Chart". Charts-Surfer. Archived from the original on 16 December 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2008.
  13. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). Sydney: Australian Chart Book. p. 13. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  14. ^ "I singoli più venduti del 1986" (in Italian). Hit Parade Italia. Creative Commons. Retrieved 9 August 2015.

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