Oh Wonder

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Oh Wonder
Oh Wonder 2016.jpg
Oh Wonder performing in the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California in 2016
Background information
Years active2014–present
MembersJosephine Vander Gucht
Anthony West

Oh Wonder are a London-based alt-pop duo, consisting of Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht. Since releasing their debut album, they have seen international success with their alt-pop singles. Vander Gucht and West recorded and released one song a month for a year, starting in September 2014.[2] All of the songs were released together as a self-titled debut album on 4 September 2015.[3] On 14 July 2017, the duo released their second album, Ultralife. Both albums were entirely written, recorded, produced and mixed by the duo and have received cross-platform success.

They played sold-out shows in London, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles one week after their debut album release, which marked the beginning of the band's touring career. They have since played 318 headline shows and festivals in 45 countries.[4]



Before the duo was formed, Josephine was a solo artist, first going by her own name and then later under the alias of "LAYLA". Anthony was originally part of the bands Tonight is Goodbye, Futures, and We The Wild.[5] The two first met in High Wycombe on 21 March 2010 when Anthony was in the audience at one of Josephine's solo gigs. A year later Josephine attended one of his shows, talked with him, and they began writing songs and making music together.

Name change[edit]

The duo released their first two songs under the name "Wonder Wonder", but changed it to "Oh Wonder" when they learned of another band with a similar name.[6]

2014–2016: Oh Wonder[edit]

West and Vander Gucht had an unorthodox approach to releasing their eponymous debut album, Oh Wonder. Over the course of a year, the duo released one new single each month, beginning 1 September 2014.,[7] having written, produced and mixed each song in their home studio in South-East London.[8] These monthly installations culminated in the 2015 release of that first album, which also included two previously unreleased songs. The album reached number 26 on the UK Albums Chart, number 16 on the Canadian Albums Chart[citation needed] and number 80 on the US Billboard 200.[9][10]

The album Oh Wonder has sold nearly 1 million copies worldwide and has been certified gold in the UK, Canada, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Denmark and platinum in Russia and the Philippines.[citation needed]

Oh Wonder gave their debut live performance for BBC Radio 1 at Maida Vale Studios, after receiving avid support from BBC Introducing and DJs Huw Stephens and Greg James.[11] The band's first TV performance was on Conan, which aired in the US on 20 January 2016. They performed their single "Lose It".[12]

Since their debut album release, Oh Wonder has toured internationally in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Russia, Australia, Canada and the United States. Their performance in Manila was their first show in Asia.[13] They also toured as the opening act on the final installment of the Badlands Tour with Halsey from 21 July to 12 August 2016.[14] Their 2016 debut festival appearances included Bonnaroo,[15] Firefly,[16] and Lollapalooza[17] music festivals in the United States, in addition to Live Out in Monterrey, WayHome Festival in Oro-Medonte, Canada, and Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Ireland.[18]

2016–present: Ultralife[edit]

On 30 March 2017, the duo announced that they finished their second studio album which was to be titled Ultralife. The album's lead and title track "Ultralife", was released the day after. As with their previous album, the band has been steadily releasing new singles every two weeks. After "Ultralife" the band released the songs "Lifetimes", "My Friends", "Heavy", and "High On Humans" along with acoustic and piano versions of "Ultralife" and "High On Humans" recorded at Abbey Road Studios.[citation needed]

The band embarked on an Ultralife World Tour in 2017 that saw them play a long run of headline shows in 34 countries across Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. They also played three shows with Beck on his 2018 North America Tour.



Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications


Oh Wonder 26 55 135 19 54 50 87 80
  • Released: 14 July 2017
  • Label: Island, Republic
  • Format: CD, digital download, vinyl
8 37 28 115 17 38 48 62 76
No One Else Can Wear Your Crown
  • Released: 7 February 2020
  • Label: Island
  • Format: CD, digital download, vinyl, streaming
8 84 86


As lead artist[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album


2014 "Body Gold" Oh Wonder
"All We Do"
"The Rain"
2015 "Lose It" 45
"Technicolour Beat"
"Midnight Moon"
"White Blood"
"Landslide" 103
"Drive" 6
"Heart Hope"
"Without You" 34
2017 "Ultralife" 47 36 Ultralife
"Lifetimes" 48
"My Friends"
"High On Humans"
"All About You"
"Bigger Than Love"
"Heart Strings"
"Slip Away"
2019 "Hallelujah" 42 No One Else Can Wear Your Crown
"Better Now"
"I Wish I Never Met You"
2020 "Happy" 46

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles, with showing year released, peak chart positions and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certification Album

"The Way Life Goes"
(Lil Uzi Vert featuring Nicki Minaj and Oh Wonder)
2017 24 13 12 85 48 [A] 87 Luv is Rage 2
(Whethan featuring Oh Wonder)[38]
2018 Non-album single
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Songwriting and production credits[edit]

Title Year Artist Album Contributed
Songwriter Producer
Primary Secondary Additional Vocal
"Fly" 2015 Meadowlark Postcards Anthony West ☑Y
"Wide Eyes" ☑Y
"Hello Hello" 2016 Lewis Watson Midnight Anthony West
Jose Vander Gucht
☑Y ☑Y
"Deep the Water" ☑Y ☑Y
"Forever" ☑Y ☑Y
"Give Me Life" ☑Y ☑Y
"Slumber" ☑Y ☑Y
"Slow Fade" 2019 Ruth B TBA ☑Y ☑Y
"Personal Best" Maisie Peters It's Your Bed Babe,
It's Your Funeral EP
☑Y ☑Y
"Nothing Like You"
(with Droeloe featuring Hana)
Gryffin Gravity ☑Y


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  1. ^ "The Way Life Goes" did not enter the NZ Top 40 Singles Chart, but peaked at number four on the NZ Heatseekers Singles Chart.[37]

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