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Sigur Rós - Hoppípolla.jpg
Single by Sigur Rós
from the album Takk...
Released28 November 2005 (2005-11-28)
CDEM 673 / 0946 3 41757 2 2
(UK, CD, 28 November 2005)
12EM 673 / 0946 3 41757 1 5
(UK, 12", 28 November 2005)
EM 673
(UK, 7", 1 May 2006)
  • Sigur Rós
  • Ken Thomas
Sigur Rós singles chronology
Takk... track listing
11 tracks
  1. "Takk..."
  2. "Glósóli"
  3. "Hoppípolla"
  4. "Með blóðnasir"
  5. "Sé lest"
  6. "Sæglópur"
  7. "Mílanó"
  8. "Gong"
  9. "Andvari"
  10. "Svo hljótt"
  11. "Heysátan"
Music video
"Hoppípolla" on YouTube

"Hoppípolla" ([ˈhɔʰpipʰɔtla], "Hopp í polla" is Icelandic for "Hopping into puddles") is a song by Icelandic band Sigur Rós from their 2005 album Takk.... It was released as the album's second single on 28 November 2005. The lyrics are mainly in Icelandic, with some nonsensical phrases, a "language" the band calls Vonlenska ("Hopelandic"). Written with spaces, the song's title would be "Hoppa í polla" (the "—a" in "hoppa" is not pronounced). As with many of the band's songs, it was given a nickname in the early stages of writing. "Hoppípolla" was "The Money Song", as the band was certain they had written a song which would have commercial success.[1] It is the band's most successful single, charting at number 24 on the UK Singles Chart in May 2006. It is considered the best-known song within its genre. The single also features "Með blóðnasir", an instrumental coda to "Hoppípolla", which is also featured on Takk...; and a studio remake of "Hafssól", a song previously released on the band's 1997 debut album, Von. The title appears as "Hafsól" on the single.

Track listing[edit]

CD (CDEM 673) / 12" (12EM 673)
  1. "Hoppípolla" – 4:36
  2. "Með blóðnasir" – 2:24
  3. "Hafsól" (2005 version) – 9:47
7" (EM 673)
  1. "Hoppípolla" – 4:36
  2. "Heysátan" – 4:09

Music video[edit]

A promotional music video for "Hoppípolla," directed by Arni & Kinski, was filmed in November 2005. It depicts two groups of elderly friends strolling around the suburbs of Reykjavík and acting like children; pulling pranks on people and battling with water balloons and wooden swords near a cemetery. When one old man is injured and suffers a nosebleed (as referenced in the lyrics), the opponents run away in fear, while the others celebrate their victory. The video shows several shots of the friends "hopping in puddles" of water along a path.

The band members are featured in the video: keyboardist Kjartan Sveinsson plays the victim of a Knock, Knock, Ginger trick, guitarist and vocalist Jón Þór Birgisson plays the cashier at a shop where an old man steals and eats some pears, drummer Orri Páll Dýrason can be seen repairing his bicycle, and bassist Georg Hólm can be seen cleaning.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[3] 35
Chart (2006) Peak
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[3] 24


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Chicane cover version – "Poppiholla"[edit]

Single by Chicane
from the album The Best of Chicane: 1996–2008 and Giants
Released13 July 2009
  • 3:43 (radio edit)
  • 4:49 (original mix)
  • Chicane
  • Richard Searle
Chicane singles chronology
"Bruised Water"
"Hiding All The Stars"

In July 2009, Chicane released an instrumental re-work of the song, titled "Poppiholla" (the 'p' and 'h' were switched to create the word "pop") and released it as a five track single EP on 13 July 2009. "Poppiholla" entered the UK Singles Chart at number seven on 19 July 2009, spending three weeks in the top ten as of 2 August 2009. A video to promote the song was made, and Chicane's The Best of Chicane collection was re-released to include the song. The re-released album reached number 11 on the UK Albums Chart, beating the compilation's previous peak of number 16 (without "Poppiholla" on it). The song was used in the UK by Sky Sports for their coverage of the Guinness Premiership in 2009–10. It is also used by National League side Dagenham & Redbridge F.C. as a build-up song just before the players walk out for home matches.

Critical reception[edit]

David Balls of Digital Spy gave the song 3/5 stars and stated the following in a positive review:

Cast your mind back over the summer dance anthems of the past decade and a not insignificant number of them belong to Chicane. With the likes of 'Saltwater', 'Offshore' and Bryan Adams collaboration 'Don't Give Up' still being pumped out at chill-out bars across Ibiza, it might come as a surprise that Nick Bracegirdle – the man behind the Chicane decks – is still resisting early retirement. In fact, he's got another summer dance anthem up his sleeve.

As its title suggests, 'Poppiholla' is essentially a reswizzled version of Sigur Rós's 'Hoppipolla'. The original is an ambient and ethereal little number popular with nature documentary fans, but Chicane has added trancey beats and the hint of a crescendo to please, if you will, those who like a spoonful of sugar with their coffee. It's a simple but effective reworking, but one that's hard to get too excited about. Still, it should ensure that the name Chicane remains a steadfast fixture on any sun worshipper's playlist.[5]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 13 July 2009


Chart (2009) Peak
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[6] 7

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[7] 136

Use in film and television[edit]

"Hoppípolla" was used in 2006 advertisements for the BBC's Planet Earth television series, giving the band exposure to a mainstream audience. A high demand for the single led to it being republished in May 2006, distributed by EMI. This re-release of the single brought critical acclaim for the band in the mainstream music media. It was used again in 2016 for Planet Earth II, as well as Blue Planet II the following year.

The song has been used as background music in BBC shows, including dramas, documentaries and its 2006 football coverage. It appeared in the trailers for the films Children of Men and Slumdog Millionaire, the soundtrack of the 2006 film Penelope and the 2011 film We Bought a Zoo, and has been used in advertisements for Thomson Reuters, Oxfam and Viasat.


  1. ^ Sigur Rós (2007). Heima (DVD (audio commentary)). Event occurs at 01:16:00.
  2. ^ YouTube - Hoppipola
  3. ^ a b Chart Stats - Sigur Ros - Hoppipolla
  4. ^ "British single certifications – Sigur Ros – Hoppipolla". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 29 August 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Hoppipolla in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  5. ^ Balls, David (27 July 2009). "Chicane - 'Poppiholla'". Digital Spy. Digital.co.uk.
  6. ^ Chart Stats - Chicane - Poppiholla
  7. ^ "Charts Plus Year end 2009" (PDF). Charts Plus. Retrieved 19 July 2010.

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