Heaven Can Wait (Charlotte Gainsbourg song)

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"Heaven Can Wait"
Single by Charlotte Gainsbourg featuring Beck
from the album IRM
Released November 17, 2009 (2009-11-17)
Format CD single
Genre Alternative rock, indie pop
Length 2:42
Label Because
Writer(s) Beck
Producer(s) Beck
Charlotte Gainsbourg singles chronology
"Heaven Can Wait"
"Time of the Assassins"
Beck singles chronology
"Heaven Can Wait"
"I Just Started Hating Some People Today"

"Heaven Can Wait" is the first single by Charlotte Gainsbourg from her album IRM. The song prominently features Beck, who wrote the song and produced IRM, on backing vocals. It was chosen as the iTunes Pick of the Week on March 2, 2010.[1]

Music video[edit]


The music video for "Heaven Can Wait" was directed by Keith Schofield. Various scenes are featured as Charlotte Gainsbourg and Beck sing: a dinosaur in a wig (in a bathtub), a giant rat getting held up at knife point, a man in a SpongeBob costume getting tackled by the police, an astronaut with pancakes for a head, a man racing a flying axe, and another man with half a beard.


The music video for "Heaven Can Wait" was included on Pitchfork Media's Top Music Videos of 2009.[2] It was also placed at #16 on the "Top 20 Best Music Videos of 2009" by SPIN.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD single[4]
  1. "Heaven Can Wait" – 2:42
  2. "Heaven Can Wait (Chris Taylor Of Grizzly Bear Remix)" – 2:15
  3. "Heaven Can Wait (Nosaj Thing Remix) " – 3:17
  4. "Heaven Can Wait (Jackson Escalator Remix)" – 7:05


Year Category Result
Antville Music Video Awards[5]
2009 Best Music Video of the Year Won
Best Art Direction Won


Chart (2009) Peak
Belgian Tip Chart (Flanders)[6] 22
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[6] 34
Japan Hot 100 Singles[7] 61


  1. ^ Heringer, Mark (2010-03-02). Charlotte Gainsbourg (featuring Beck) - Heaven Can Wait www.mark-heringer.com. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  2. ^ (2009-11-30). The Top Music Videos of 2009 Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2010-06-26.
  3. ^ Reilly, Phoebe (2009-01-14). The 20 Best Videos of 2009 SPIN. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  4. ^ Charlotte Gainsbourg Featuring Beck – Heaven Can Wait Discogs. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  5. ^ (2009-01-29). Antville Music Video Awards 2009: the winners PromoNews. Retrieved 2010-06-27.
  6. ^ a b Charlotte Gainsbourg & Beck - Heaven Can Wait Ultratop. Retrieved 2010-06-14.
  7. ^ Heaven Can Wait - Charlotte Gainsbourg Billboard. Retrieved 2010-06-14.