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
Format
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, 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]

[2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

Year Chart Peak
1986
Australia (Kent Music Report)[12] 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)[13] 90

Certifications[edit]

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

References[edit]

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

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