Heartbeats (song)

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Single by The Knife
from the album Deep Cuts
Released 27 December 2002 (original release)
4 October 2004 (re-release)
Format CD single, 12"
Recorded 2002
Genre Synthpop, electropop, alternative dance
Length 3:51
Label Rabid, V2
The Knife singles chronology
"You Take My Breath Away"

"Heartbeats" is the first single from The Knife's 2003 album Deep Cuts, released in Sweden on 27 December 2002 and re-released on 4 October 2004.

The song was listed at #15 on Pitchfork Media's top 500 songs of the 2000s and at #87 on Rolling Stone's top 100 songs of the 2000s. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 95 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[1]

Adjectives used to describe the music were "haunting" and "electro". In Robert Dimery's book 1000 Songs: You Must Hear Before You Die, it was said : "The Stockholm sibling's love of synth pop, minimal beats and electronica create together a moving masterpiece. Singer Karin Dreijer Andersson's hypnotic vocals recall both Björk and Siouxsie Sioux with her icy delivery of magical lines".[2]

The song was covered by many acts such as José González, Scala & Kolacny Brothers and Ellie Goulding.

Critical reception[edit]

The song has received critical acclaim since its release. MusicOMH said that the song's "emotive lyrics merge with forward thinking production to create one of the most exciting electronica releases of the year", and Contactmusic.com stated the song had "clever synth beats and Björkesque vocals" with the ability to "instil some fun and nostalgia into music."[3][4] Gigwise.com said that the song was "perhaps one of the most hypnotic and haunting electronic songs of recent times, [...] innately infectious from the outset."[5] Several reviews commented that the song had an 1980s feel.[3][4] The remix by Rex the Dog was described by MusicOMH as "a masterful reworking that fits it up nicely for the dancefloor".[3]

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by José González on his 2003 album Veneer and released as his first single in 2006,[2] peaking at #9 on the UK Singles Chart. This version was used in a Sony Bravia advertisement[6] and also in several TV shows. The song appears on the third soundtrack of One Tree Hill "The Road Mix" and it was also used in the show's season 4 episode "Some You Give Away", Bones in the "The Salt in the Wounds", in an episode of Scrubs called "My Hard Labor", in Brothers & Sisters, in Covert Affairs, and in 90210. It is also a soundtrack of Donkey Punch a 2008 British horror thriller film.

The song was covered by Belgian girls choir Scala & Kolacny Brothers on their 2006 release It All Leads to This.[2] On 12 March 2011, Ellie Goulding sang a version of the song on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge, as a farewell to DJ Jo Whiley. Get Busy Committee took a sample of this song for their song "My little razorblade" on their first album "Koalas and Uzis". Example took a sample of this song for his song "One Night" off his remix album, "We Didn't Invent the Remix".

German alternative rock band Saint Aside released a rock oriented cover of the José Gonzáles version on their 2011 album Angel Come. The song was released as a single on 19 August 2011. The album is due for release on 30 September 2011.[7] German punk rock band Spitting Off Tall Buildings covered the song on their album 2007 Good Night And Good Luck.[8]

Track listings[edit]

  • UK CD
  1. "Heartbeats" (original) – 3:53
  2. "Heartbeats (Rex the Dog Remix)" – 6:12
  3. "Heartbeats (The Knife Techno Remix)" – 2:47
  4. "Afraid of You" – 3:48
  • UK 12-inch vinyl
  1. "Heartbeats" (original) – 3:53
  2. "Heartbeats (Style of Eye Remix)" –
  3. "Heartbeats (Rex the Dog Remix)" – 6:12
  4. "Heartbeats (The Knife Techno Remix)" – 2:47


  • Christoffer Berg – mixing
  • Rex the Dog – re-mixing, producer
  • Linus Eklow – re-mixing


Chart (2004) Peak
Swedish Singles Chart[9] 26
UK Singles Chart[10] 119

Chart performance for José González's cover of the song:

Chart (2006) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[11] 45
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[11] 20
Belgian Tip Chart (Wallonia)[11] 13
Dutch Singles Chart[11] 56
UK Singles Chart[12] 9


  1. ^ "150 Best Tracks Of The Past 15 Years". Nme.Com. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  2. ^ a b c The Knife Heartbearts. 1000 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die. Cassell Illustrated. 19 September 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Kutchinsky, Serena. "The Knife - Heartbeats (Rabid)". MusicOMH. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  4. ^ a b Tomlinson, Katherine. "The Knife - Heartbeats - Single Review". Contactmusic.com. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  5. ^ "The Knife - Heartbeats (Live)". Gigwise.com. 2007-06-13. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  6. ^ "Sony Bravia commercial". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  7. ^ ""Heartbeats" - Single VÖ am 19.08". Saint Aside. 2011-08-19. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  8. ^ "Spitting Off Tall Buildings – Good Night And Good Luck". Discogs. 
  9. ^ "Heartbeats - Swedish chart position". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  10. ^ "Chart Log UK : Alex K – Kyuss". Zobbel. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  11. ^ a b c d José González - Heartbeats Ultratop. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  12. ^ José González - Heartbeats Chart Stats. Retrieved 2010-06-19.