Joyride (Roxette song)

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Single by Roxette
from the album Joyride
B-side "Come Back (Before You Leave)"
Released 27 February 1991
Recorded 1990 at EMI Studios in Stockholm, Sweden
Length 4:22
Label EMI
Writer(s) Per Gessle
Producer(s) Clarence Öfwerman
Certification Gold (Austria, Canada, Germany, NZ)
Platinum (Sweden)
Roxette singles chronology
"It Must Have Been Love"
"Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)"
Music video
"Joyride" on YouTube

"Joyride" is a song by the Swedish rock duo Roxette. Written by Per Gessle, the song was released as the lead single from their third studio album, Joyride (1991), the follow-up to the duo's highly successful second studio album, Look Sharp! (1988). The single topped the charts across Europe and in Australia, Canada, and the United States, where it spent one week at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, their last to do so, in May 1991. In the UK, "Joyride" peaked at #4.

In interviews, Gessle states he got the idea for the opening line of this song from his girlfriend (now wife) who left a note on his piano that stated, "Hello, you fool, I love you."[1]

In the opening section of the song, a man is heard saying "Come on, join the joyride everybody, get your tickets here, step right this way"; the man who says this is Roxette's old tour manager and long-time friend Dave Edwards. This is an homage to The Beatles' song "Magical Mystery Tour", on which, during the opening section, Paul McCartney is heard saying "Roll up, roll up for the Magical Mystery Tour! Step right this way!" In the liner notes of Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus!, Gessle calls "Joyride" Roxette's "Magical Mystery Tour", and says he took the title from an interview in which Paul McCartney called writing songs with John Lennon a "long joyride".[2]

In 1991, Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Chipettes covered the song for their album The Chipmunks Rock the House.

During the 1994 Stanley Cup playoffs this became the intro anthem to the Vancouver Canucks as they took the ice before each game.

Formats and track listings[edit]

CD maxi
  1. "Joyride" (7" version) – 4:01
  2. "Come Back (Before You Leave)" – 4:36
  3. "Joyride" (12" magicfriendmix) – 6:11
  4. "Joyride" (U.S. remix) – 4:05
7" single
  1. "Joyride" – 3:58
  2. "Come Back (Before You Leave)" – 4:34

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Crazy" by Seal
Swedish number-one single
January 13, 1991 - April 24, 1991 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wind of Change" by Scorpions
Preceded by
"Do the Bartman" by The Simpsons
Norwegian VG-lista number-one single
11/1991 - 17/1991 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" by Cher
Preceded by
"Crazy" by Seal
European Hot 100 Singles number-one single
March 23, 1991 - May 25, 1991 (10 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wind of Change" by Scorpions
Preceded by
"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C & C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams
Austrian number-one single
March 31, 1991 - June 2, 1991 (10 weeks)
Succeeded by
"The One and Only" by Chesney Hawkes
Preceded by
"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" by C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams
German number-one single
April 5, 1991 - May 24, 1991 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wind of Change" by Scorpions
Preceded by
"Crazy" by Seal
Swiss number-one single (first run)
April 7, 1991 - May 19, 1991 (7 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wind of Change" by Scorpions
Preceded by
"Unfinished Sympathy" by Massive Attack
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
April 13, 1991 - April 20, 1991 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Losing My Religion" by R.E.M.
Preceded by
"Falling" by Julee Cruise
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
14 April 1991 - 28 April 1991
Succeeded by
"Tingles" by Ratcat
Preceded by
"Baby Baby" by Amy Grant
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
11 May 1991
Succeeded by
"I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)" by Hi-Five
Preceded by
"Wind of Change" by Scorpions
Swiss number-one single (second run)
June 2, 1991 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Wind of Change" by Scorpions

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! album liner notes.". 
  2. ^ Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! liner notes. EMI, 1995.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Joyride", in various singles charts (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  4. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1991" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  5. ^ German Singles Chart (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  7. ^ Italian Single Chart Hit parade Italia (Retrieved May 31, 2008)
  8. ^ "Polish Singles Chart |". 
  9. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  10. ^ Billboard (Retrieved August 15, 2008)
  11. ^ 1992 Australian Singles Chart (Retrieved August 15, 2008)
  12. ^ 1991 Austrian Singles Chart (Retrieved August 15, 2008)
  13. ^ 1991 Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved August 15, 2008)
  14. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  15. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Roxette – Joyride" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Roxette in the field Interpret. Enter Joyride in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
  16. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Roxette – Joyride". Music Canada. 
  17. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Roxette; 'Joyride')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  18. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.