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Pjanoo Album Cover.jpg
Single by Eric Prydz
from the album Eric Prydz Presents Pryda
Released 25 August 2008
Format CD single, DVD single, 7″ vinyl, digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Progressive House
Length 2:37
Label Pryda, Data, Ultra
Songwriter(s) Eric Prydz
Producer(s) Eric Prydz
Eric Prydz singles chronology
"Proper Education"
"Niton (The Reason)"
"Proper Education"
"Niton (The Reason)"

"Pjanoo" (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈpjɑːnʊ]) is a keyboard-based house track by the Swedish DJ and producer Eric Prydz. It received moderate airplay amongst British radio stations, being heavily used by BBC Radio 1 in advertisements for their "Radio 1 Big Weekend" and "Weekend in Ibiza" events. The single peaked at number six on the Swedish Singles Chart. "Pjanoo" found success outside Sweden, particularly in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and topped the country's Dance chart for ten non-consecutive weeks.

Background and release[edit]

The song has been on promotional release since 17 March 2008[1] with Eric Prydz's own label, Pryda, with a limited number of 12" pressings available on special order. The song was released on 25 August 2008 by Ministry of Sound's Imprint Label, Data Records.

Prydz stated: "I played it in a club in northern UK in 2006. Didn't get the reaction I thought I would, so I didn't play it for years until I found the CD while playing at 'Ambasadeur' club in Stockholm. Played it for fun again and it went off. Someone filmed it and it ended up on YouTube."

British drum and bass producer High Contrast made a successful drum and bass remix of "Pjanoo" which was released by Data Records on 26 August 2008, with a track length of 7:43.[2] The piano riff was inspired by the piano in Patrice Rushen's song "I Was Tired of Being Alone".

Despite showing overall resentment towards Prydz, Pitchfork nonetheless conceded that the song was "one of the year's best dance tracks".[3]

Music video[edit]

A cowboy in the Old West has a fistful of dollars but he cannot find a drink anywhere because the temperature is over 40 °C (104 °F). He finds an old pub named Pjanoo, and goes into the pub to find a drink. Then an old piano plays by itself, and the cowboy finds two shrunken Native Americans who provide a rain dance, causing rain to fall very heavily. A water tap has water running and the cowboy runs to the tap to have a drink, and then runs out of the pub.

Formats and track listing[edit]

12″ Vinyl Promo (Pryda 11)
  1. "Pjanoo"
  2. "F12"
CD maxi
  1. "Pjanoo" (Radio Edit) – 2:37
  2. "Pjanoo" (Club Mix) – 7:31
  3. "Pjanoo" (High Contrast Remix) – 7:04
  4. "Pjanoo" (Afterlife Mix) – 5:38
  5. "Pjanoo" (Fred Falke Mix) – 6:24
  6. "Pjanoo" (Guy J Remix) – 7:43
CD single
  1. "Pjanoo" (Radio Edit) – 2:37
  2. "Pjanoo" (Afterlife Radio Edit) – 2:50
iTunes Single
  1. "Pjanoo" (Radio Edit) – 2:37
  2. "Pjanoo" (Dana Bergquist and Peder G Remix) – 9:03


Chart (2008–2009) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 22
Belgian (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 8
Belgian (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[5] 14
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[6] 9
France (SNEP)[7] 21
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 34
Hungary (Dance Top 40)[9] 23
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 7
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 4
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[11] 5
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[12] 14
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 31
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[15] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 2

In popular culture[edit]


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