Hide and Seek (Imogen Heap song)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
"Hide and Seek"
Single by Imogen Heap
from the album Speak for Yourself
Released19 May 2005
FormatPaid download, vinyl
GenreFolktronica, ambient
Length4:29 (album version)
3:01 (radio edit)
Songwriter(s)Imogen Heap
Producer(s)Imogen Heap
Imogen Heap singles chronology
"Hide and Seek"
"Goodnight and Go"

"Hide and Seek" is a 2005 song written, produced, and performed by Imogen Heap. The song was released as the first single from her second album Speak for Yourself. The single was certified gold by the RIAA on 3 April 2009. Itself influenced by Paul Lansky's "Her Song",[citation needed] the track was later sampled in Jason Derulo's "Whatcha Say", a song receiving international success.[1] As of 2009 the song has sold 647,000 copies in United States.[2]

Heap's commentary[edit]

In a 2005 interview, Heap stated that the song's lyrics were ultimately about having painfully lost someone and how others react to things that happen to someone else.[3]


The song is performed with the sole accompaniment of keyboard synth transformed by a vocoder, creating an altered a cappella sound.

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was directed by Joel Peissing, featuring Heap singing against a gently flashing white backdrop. The video is presented in a heavily pillarboxed format.

Covers, remakes, and samples[edit]

Heap arranged an alternate version of the song, labelled "Hide and Seek 2", for the compilation album Songs for Tibet: The Art of Peace.

Canadian guitarist Antoine Dufour recorded a solo guitar version of the song. It is featured on his album Convergences. British alternative rock band Fightstar covered the song as a B-Side to their single, "The English Way". This is performed mainly by lead singer Charlie Simpson on vocals and piano, and second vocalist Alex Westaway performing backing vocals. The Christian crunkcore band And Then There Were None has also covered the song. Additionally, English rock/folk artists The Dunwells recorded a guitar-only version of the song with three-part harmony featuring vocalists Joseph Dunwell, his brother David Dunwell, and the band's drummer, Jonny Lamb singing counterpoint.[4] It is featured on the band's 2012 EP Leaving of the Rose. British band Amber Run also recorded a cover of the song in 2012.[5]

Jason Derulo's 2009 single "Whatcha Say" prominently sampled Heap's song.[6] The single topped the Billboard Hot 100.[7]

EDM artists Otto Knows and Afrojack have sampled the chorus from "Hide and Seek" in remixes of the song. Dubstep artist Roksonix produced a remix of the original song, however titled under Jason Derulo's single "Whatcha Say".

The song was featured in Tiësto's In Search of Sunrise Remix.

The song is covered by Tim Waurick with Jordan Litz on his first album, TimTracks, released in 2010.[8]

Ariana Grande covered this song on her world tour, The Honeymoon Tour, as an homage to Imogen Heap for allowing her to use Mi.Mu Gloves on tour.

Grammy Award-winning a cappella group The King's Singers covered the song on 2009 album "Swimming over London" in an arrangement by Christopher Gabbitas.

Classically-trained string trio Time for Three covered the song on their 2010 album "3 Fervent Travelers."

The University of Oregon's women's a cappella group Divisi covered the track on their 2008 release Roots.

In 2014, Christina Grimmie sang a slightly shorter rendition of the song as part of season 6 of The Voice.

Bassnectar played "Hide and Seek" into his rendition of Ellie Goulding's "Lights" at the midnight mark on New Year's Eve 2015-2016 at his 360-degree concert in Birmingham, Alabama, to ring in the New Year.

Slushii did a cover of "Hide and Seek", saying there that he wanted to cover one of his favorite songs.[9]

Amber Run released their cover version in 2014 on their "Spark" EP.

Rameses B have a multi-genre remix of "Hide and Seek".

Transit (vocal band) released an a cappella cover of the song on their 2011 self-titled album.

Other appearances in media[edit]

The song gained popularity after being featured as background music at the climax of the season two finale of the American television series The O.C., later parodied in a 2007 Saturday Night Live digital short called Dear Sister. This later spawned many Internet parody videos, with the music typically overlaid on dramatic scenes from television shows, video games, movies, and anime, mainly those involving a shocking or slow-motion death of a major character.

The song also appears in the films The Last Kiss, The Town, Warren Miller's Off the Grid and Italian movieThree steps over heaven. It has also been featured in the series So You Think You Can Dance, Smith, The L Word, The Real World: Sydney, Gossip Girl, Degrassi: The Next Generation, the German telenovela Anna und die Liebe, Nirvanna the Band the Show, CSI: Miami and the Norwegian television drama Skam.

Track listings[edit]

CD Single

  1. "Hide And Seek (Radio Edit)" – 3:02
  2. "Hide And Seek (Album Version)" – 4:29


  1. "Hide And Seek" – 4:29
  2. "Cumulus" – 3:34


Chart (2005–2008) Peak
Canada Digital Songs (Billboard)[10] 57
Italy (FIMI)[11] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 125
US Digital Songs (Billboard)[13] 37


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
United States 19 May 2005 RCA Victor
United Kingdom 26 September 2005 Megaphonic


  1. ^ Imogen Heap [@imogenheap] (30 September 2009). "Jason Derulo had my permission @mannieefreeshh. Love or hate me for it - Hide and Seek has a life of it's own. I love it's madcap journey x" (Tweet). Retrieved 18 January 2018 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Sutherland, Mark (20 June 2009). "Greatest Synchs". Billboard. Retrieved 29 January 2019.
  3. ^ barcodexl. "Imogen Heap Interview". Barcodezine.com. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  4. ^ Alexis Beniash (27 February 2014). "The Dunwells - "Hide and Seek" - The Rock Boat XIV" – via YouTube.
  5. ^ Amber Run Official (17 December 2012). "Amber Run - Hide & Seek (Imogen Heap Cover)" – via YouTube.
  6. ^ "Jason Derulo's Whatcha Say sample of Imogen Heap's Hide and Seek". WhoSampled. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 – Week of October 31, 2009". Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  8. ^ "TimTracks - Albums". www.timtracks.com.
  9. ^ Slushii (13 February 2018), Imogen Heap - Hide And Seek (Slushii Cover), retrieved 28 October 2018
  10. ^ "Imogen Heap Chart History (Canada Digital)". Billboard. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  11. ^ "Imogen Heap - FIMI" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 22 August 2018.
  12. ^ "H & Claire – Hysterix". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Imogen Heap Chart History (Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  14. ^ "American single certifications – Imogen Heap – Hide and Seek". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 11 January 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.