The Mummers' Dance

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"The Mummers' Dance"
Single by Loreena McKennitt
from the album The Book of Secrets
B-side
  • "The Mystic's Dream"
  • "Marrakesh Night Market" (live)
  • "The Dark Night of the Soul" (live)
ReleasedNovember 1997 (1997-11)
Length
  • 6:08 (album version)
  • 4:01 (single version)
Label
Songwriter(s)Loreena McKennitt
Producer(s)
Loreena McKennitt singles chronology
"The Bonny Swans"
(1995)
"The Mummers' Dance"
(1997)
"Marco Polo"
(1998)

"The Mummers' Dance" is a song written and performed by Canadian Celtic fusion singer Loreena McKennitt, released as a single from her sixth studio album, The Book of Secrets (1997), in November 1997. The song refers to the seasonal mummers' play performed by groups of actors, often as house-to-house visits. Its lyrics indicate a springtime holiday. Remixed by electronic music production duo DNA for its single release, "The Mummers' Dance" reached No. 10 in Canada, No. 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and No. 1 on the Billboard Triple-A chart. A music video was also produced for the song.

Track listings[edit]

Canadian CD single[1]
No.TitleLength
1."The Mummers' Dance" (single version)4:00
2."The Mummers' Dance" (album version)6:08
3."The Mystic's Dream"7:40
CD-maxi[2]
No.TitleLength
1."The Mummers' Dance" (single version)4:00
2."The Mummers' Dance"6:08
3."Marrakesh Night Market" (live)6:44
4."The Dark Night of the Soul" (live)6:20

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Release dates and formats for "The Mummers' Dance"
Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States November 1997 Adult album alternative radio [20]
December 9, 1997 Contemporary hit radio [21]
February 17, 1998
  • CD
  • cassette
[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Mummers' Dance (Canadian CD single liner notes). Loreena McKennitt. Warner Bros. Records. 1997. CD 22507.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  2. ^ "Loreena McKennitt – The Mummers' Dance". australian-charts.com. Retrieved August 21, 2008.
  3. ^ "Hits of the World: Canada". Billboard. Vol. 110, no. 14. April 4, 1998. p. 44.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 3476." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  5. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 3486." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. March 21, 1998. Retrieved August 25, 2023.
  7. ^ "Adult Contemporary". Billboard. April 18, 1998. Retrieved August 25, 2023.
  8. ^ "Adult Pop Airplay". Billboard. March 14, 1998. Retrieved August 25, 2023.
  9. ^ "Pop Airplay". Billboard. February 28, 1998. Retrieved August 25, 2023.
  10. ^ "Alternative Airplay". Billboard. February 21, 1998. Retrieved August 25, 2023.
  11. ^ "Adult Alternative Airplay". Billboard. February 28, 1998. Retrieved August 25, 2023.
  12. ^ "RPM's Top 100 Hits of '98" (PDF). RPM. Vol. 68, no. 12. December 14, 1998. p. 20. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  13. ^ "RPM's Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks of '98". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  14. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1998". Retrieved August 28, 2010.
  15. ^ "Most Played Adult Top 40 Songs of 1998". Airplay Monitor. Vol. 6, no. 52. December 25, 1998. p. 55.
  16. ^ "Most Played Modern Rock Songs of 1998". Airplay Monitor. Vol. 6, no. 52. December 25, 1998. p. 36.
  17. ^ "Best of '98: Most Played Triple-A Songs". Airplay Monitor. Vol. 6, no. 52. December 25, 1998. p. 35.
  18. ^ "Canada's Top 200 Singles of 2001". Jam!. Archived from the original on July 26, 2002. Retrieved March 28, 2022.
  19. ^ "Canada's Top 200 Singles of 2002 (Part 2)". Jam!. January 14, 2003. Archived from the original on September 6, 2004.
  20. ^ "Radio Not 'Mum' About McKennitt's New Single". Radio & Records. No. 1227. December 12, 1997. p. 38.
  21. ^ "New Releases". Radio & Records. No. 1226. December 5, 1997. p. 38.
  22. ^ Sandiford-Waller, Theda (February 7, 1998). "Hot 100 Singles Spotlight". Billboard. Vol. 110, no. 6. p. 93. ...slating a Feb. 17 in-store date for ['The Mummers' Dance'].

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