Mr. Vain

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"Mr. Vain"
Mr. Vain.jpg
Single by Culture Beat
from the album Serenity
Released1993
Format
Genre
Length5:37
LabelDance Pool
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Torsten Fenslau
Culture Beat singles chronology
"No Deeper Meaning"
(1991)
"Mr. Vain"
(1993)
"Got to Get It"
(1993)
Audio sample
Alternative cover
CD maxi – Remix
CD maxi – Remix

"Mr. Vain" is a song by the German group Culture Beat from their second studio album Serenity (1993). Written by Steven Levis, Nosie Katzmann and Jay Supreme, and produced by Torsten Fenslau, the song was released as the lead single from the Serenity in 1993. Tania Evans is the singer on the song, and the rapper is Supreme.

"Mr. Vain" achieved huge success worldwide, reaching number one in Australia, Austria, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In the United States, it peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the Dance Club Songs chart.

Commercial performance[edit]

"Mr. Vain" was the best-selling single across Europe of 1993. The song first broke in Germany before breaking more widely through the summer, eventually topping the chart in 12 countries. It reached number 17 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and earned a Gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). "Mr. Vain" also peaked at number two for two weeks on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart.[3]

It sold over 442,000 copies in the UK.[4] "Mr. Vain" is notable in the UK as it was the first number-one single not to be available as a 7" vinyl single since the 1950s and heralded the demise of the 7" single as a mass market medium.[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

Tania Evans in the "Mr. Vain" music video.

The music video for "Mr. Vain" was directed by Matt Broadley.[5] It premiered in the United Kingdom on August 1993.

Impact and legacy[edit]

MTV Dance ranked "Mr. Vain" at number 65 in their list of The 100 Biggest 90's Dance Anthems of All Time in November 2011.[6].

BuzzFeed listed the song number 17 in their The 101 Greatest Dance Songs Of the '90s list in 2017.[7]

Covers and samples[edit]

  • One of the song's original writers, Nosie Katzmann, recorded a new country version of the song.
  • A lounge version was recorded by Axel Boys Quartet.
  • Premiere & Co. released a cover featuring Marquise in 1993.[8]
  • Australian rapper Nathan Jolly released a cover version in 1998 on his second album, Who Dat? (1998).
  • Pet Shop Boys covered the song during a live performance in Rio de Janeiro, as part of their 1994 Discovery Tour.[9] The cover was performed in the middle of "One in a Million".
  • In 2011, Katerina Graham posted a cover of the song on her YouTube page.

Track listing and formats[edit]

  • CD maxi single (Germany, 1993)
  1. "Mr. Vain" (Vain Mix) – 6:35
  2. "Mr. Vain" (Decent Mix) – 7:06
  3. "Mr. Vain" (Special Radio Edit) – 4:17
  • CD maxi single – Remix (Germany, 1993)
  1. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. House) – 6:18
    • Remixed By: Doug Laurent
  2. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. Rave) – 6:42
    • Remixed By: Doug Laurent
  3. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. Trance) – 6:20
    • Remixed By: Doug Laurent
  4. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. Hardcore) – 6:37
    • Remixed By: Doug Laurent
  • CD maxi single (United States, 1993)
  1. "Mr. Vain" (Radio Edit) – 4:17
  2. "Mr. Vain" (Intense Radio Edit) – 3:52
  3. "Mr. Vain" (Vain Mix) – 6:35
  4. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. Intense) – 5:28
  5. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. Hardcore) – 6:38
    • Remixed By: Doug Laurent
  • 12" vinyl single (US, 1993)
  1. "Mr. Vain" (Vain Mix) – 6:35
  2. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. Club) – 6:39
  3. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. Intense) – 5:28
  4. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. Liebrand) – 5:40
  5. "Mr. Vain" (Mr. Hardcore) – 6:38
  • CD single – Promo (US, 1993)
  1. "Mr. Vain" (Lone Star Edit) – 3:30
  • CD maxi single – (United Kingdom, 1993)
  1. "Mr. Vain" (Special Radio Edit) – 4:17
  2. "Mr. Vain" (Vain Mix) – 6:35
  3. "(Cherry Lips) Der Erdbeermund" (Single Version) – 4:05
  4. "I Like You" (Single Version) – 3:58
  • CD maxi single – Remix (Japan, 1996)
  1. "Mr. Vain" (FM 802 Rock Kids 802 Mix) – 4:25
  2. "Mr. Vain" (Hyper Rave Mix) – 5:32
  3. "Mr. Vain" (Tribal Mix) – 4:47
  4. "Anything" – 6:26
  5. "Mr. Vain" (Album Version) – 5:39
  6. "Culture Beat Mega Mix" – 6:38

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  64. ^ "American single certifications – Culture Beat – Mr. Vain". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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