Heartbeat (Annie song)

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Annie My Heartbeat.jpg
Single by Annie
from the album Anniemal
B-side "Kiss Me"
Released November 29, 2004 (2004-11-29) (Europe)
Genre Pop, electronic
Length 3:05
Label 679
Writer(s) Annie, Svein Berge, Torbjørn Brundtland
Producer(s) Berge, Brundtland
Annie singles chronology
"Chewing Gum"
"Happy Without You"
Anniemal track listing
"Me Plus One"
"Helpless Fool for Love"
Alternative cover
UK CD single #2

"Heartbeat" is a pop song written by Röyksopp and Norwegian singer Annie for Annie's 2004 debut album Anniemal. It was released with the title "My Heart Beat" as the album's second single in November 2004 (see 2004 in music). The lyrics of "Heartbeat" describe finding new love at a nightclub, surrounded by close friends. The song received acclaim from music critics.

"Heartbeat" was listed at #1 on Pitchfork Media's top 50 singles of 2004 and at #17 on its list of the top 500 songs of the 2000s. It was also featured in two scenes of Melissa P, an Italian movie based on the writer's first novel.[1][2]


"Heartbeat" is a pop song composed in F-sharp minor. It is written in common time and moves at 128 beats per minute. The song uses a i-VI-iv-v chord progression.[3] There is a key change in the chorus that puts the song in B minor before going back to F-sharp minor for the subsequent verse. Its lyrics narrate a night of going to clubs with friends. "Heartbeat" uses a drum beat which symbolizes a heartbeat and doubles its tempo when Annie's persona catches the attention of her romantic interest on the dancefloor.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

"Heartbeat" received acclaim from music critics. Scott Plagenhoef's review for Pitchfork named it "the best song of the year" for being a "deceptively simple and surprisingly beautiful articulation of basic human need, beautifully encapsulating every element of human excitement".[4] In his review for Rolling Stone magazine, Barry Walters remarked that the song "evokes your favorite punk/dance mash-up and betters it."[5] For The Village Voice, Jody Rosen commented that the song's chorus "edges toward rock and a melody durable enough to withstand countless repeated listenings".[6] Entertainment Weekly's Raymond Fiore referred to "Heartbeat" as an "indie-cred masterstroke".[7]

"Heartbeat" ranked thirty-second on the 2004 Pazz & Jop list, a survey of several hundred music critics conducted by Robert Christgau.[8] Pitchfork Media listed "Heartbeat" at the top of its list of the "Top 50 Singles of 2004", and called it "a perfect pop song".[9] The publication then listed the song at #17 on their top 500 songs of the 2000s list.[citation needed] Pitchfork also included "Heartbeat" in its collection of The Pitchfork 500.[10]

Formats and track listings[edit]

European CD single

(50467-6266-5; Released 29 November 2004)

  1. "My Heartbeat" (album version) – 3:05
  2. "My Heartbeat" (Röyksopp's Mindre Tilgjengelige remix) – 5:54

UK CD single #1

(679L091CD1; Released 21 February 2005)

  1. "Heartbeat" – 3:00
  2. "Heartbeat" (Alan Braxe remix) – 3:28

UK CD single #2

(679L091CD2; Released 21 February 2005)

  1. "Heartbeat" – 3:00
  2. "Heartbeat" (Maurice Fulton remix) – 6:12
  3. "Heartbeat" (Phones Maximo remix) – 4:23
  4. "Heartbeat" music video

U.S. Maxi-CD single

(62305-2; Released 10 May 2005)

  1. "Heartbeat" (album version) – 3:05
  2. "Heartbeat" (Röyksopp's Mindre Tilgjengelige remix) – 5:54
  3. "Heartbeat" (Maurice Fulton remix) – 6:12
  4. "Heartbeat" (Phones Maximo remix) – 4:23
  5. "Heartbeat" (Alan Braxe remix) – 5:43
  6. "Chewing Gum" (Mylo remix) – 5:53
  7. "Kiss Me" – 6:17

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Annie – lead vocals
  • Svein Berge – production, backing vocals, instruments
  • Torbjørn Brundtland – production, backing vocals, instruments


  1. ^ Video on YouTube Retrieved 21 June 2010.
  2. ^ Video on YouTube Retrieved 23 November 2010.
  3. ^ Sheet music for "My Heartbeat". Hal Leonard Corporation. 2004.
  4. ^ a b Plagenhoef, Scott. "Anniemal". Pitchfork Media. 8 November 2004. Retrieved 7 October 2008.
  5. ^ Walters, Barry. "Annie: Anniemal : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone, issue 977/978, page 142. 30 June–14 July 2005. Retrieved 7 October 2008.
  6. ^ Rosen, Jody. "Class of 2005". Slate. 21 January 2005. Retrieved 7 October 2008.
  7. ^ Fiore, Raymond. "Anniemal (2005)". Entertainment Weekly, issue 824. 6 June 2005. Retrieved 7 October 2008.
  8. ^ "The 2004 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. 15 February 2005. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  9. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott. "Top 50 Singles of 2004". Pitchfork Media. 30 December 2004. Retrieved 16 June 2008.
  10. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott; Schreiber, Ryan, eds. (November 2008). The Pitchfork 500. Simon & Schuster. p. 185. ISBN 978-1-4165-6202-3. 

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