Pyramid Song

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This article is about the Radiohead song. For the Charice Pempengco song, see Pyramid (song). For the Frank Ocean song, see Pyramids (song).
"Pyramid Song"
Single by Radiohead
from the album Amnesiac
Released 16 May 2001 (Japan)
21 May 2001 (UK)
Format CD, 12"
Recorded 1999–2000
Genre Art rock, experimental rock, jazz
Length 4:51
Label Parlophone (UK)
Toshiba-EMI (Japan)
Writer(s) Radiohead
Producer(s) Nigel Godrich, Radiohead
Radiohead singles chronology
"No Surprises"
"Pyramid Song"
"I Might Be Wrong"
CD2 cover
Music video
"Pyramid Song" on YouTube
Amnesiac track listing
Music sample

"Pyramid Song" is a song by the English rock band Radiohead. It was the first single from their 2001 album Amnesiac and the first Radiohead single released in over three years, after none were taken from their previous album Kid A.[citation needed] It was issued in most parts of the world, except the United States (where "I Might Be Wrong" was the first, radio-only single). The song peaked at #5 in the UK and NME named it their single of the week.[1] The song ranked #94 on Rolling Stone's 100 best songs of the decade.[2] In October 2011, NME placed it at number 131 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[3] It was ranked #59 in Pitchfork Media's Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s.[4]

An early version of the song, then named "Egyptian Song", was débuted in 1999 at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in Amsterdam, where it was performed solo by Yorke on piano.[citation needed] According to the recording diary of guitarist Ed O'Brien, upon hearing an early version of the recording, singer Thom Yorke declared it "the best thing we've committed to tape, ever."[citation needed]

In 2008, the song was featured on Radiohead: The Best Of, a compilation album.

Track listing[edit]


  • Thom Yorke - vocals, piano, bass
  • Jonny Greenwood - ondes Martenot
  • Colin Greenwood - double bass
  • Ed O'Brien - guitar, backing vocals
  • Phil Selway - drums
  • The Orchestra Of St John's - string section


Chart (2001) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart 2
Norwegian Singles Chart 3
UK Singles Chart 5
Italian Singles Chart 6
Finland Singles Chart 6
Ireland Singles Chart 10
French Singles Chart 19
Dutch Singles Chart 23
Australian Singles Chart 25
Swedish Singles Chart 59
German Singles Chart 98
Swiss Singles Chart 99


  1. ^ Kessler, Ted. "Radiohead: Pyramid Song: This is our favourite Radiohead single in recent memory...". Retrieved 2007-04-22. 
  2. ^ O'Brien, Ed (1999-12-09). "Ed's Diary - 9/12/99". Retrieved 2007-04-22. 
  3. ^ "NME's 150 Top Tracks of the 2000s". NME. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 100-51". Pitchfork. 19 August 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 

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