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For other uses, see Roam (disambiguation).
U.S. CD maxi-single
Single by The B-52's
from the album Cosmic Thing
B-side "Bushfire"
Released January 1990
Format Compact disc
Recorded 1989
Genre Pop rock, new wave, jangle pop
Length 4:54 (album)
3:49 (single)
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, Robert Waldrop, Cindy Wilson
Producer(s) Nile Rodgers
Don Was
The B-52's singles chronology
"Love Shack"
"Deadbeat Club"

"Roam" is the fourth single from The B-52's' 1989 hit album Cosmic Thing, following "(Shake That) Cosmic Thing," "Channel Z," and "Love Shack." "Roam" was a number-three hit on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in March 1990, spending a total of 19 weeks on the chart, and was certified Gold by the RIAA. The vocals are sung by Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson. In February 1991 The B-52s were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for "Roam".

The Discovery Channel used "Roam" in its own television commercials throughout the late 1990s. Subaru of New Zealand used it in a 2004 commercial. The song is playable in the music video game Rock Band. "Roam" is also used as the theme for the Peter Greenberg Worldwide Radio Show in the SSI Radio Network. The song has been used on PBS World. The song was used in the unaired pilot of the sitcom "Get A Life" and on an episode of Hindsight. "Roam" was used in Mary-Kate and Ashley's movie When in Rome (2002 film) and in the soundtrack for "When in Rome". "Roam" was later used in the Disney Channel commercial for The Lizzie McGuire Movie.

Track listing U.S. Maxi-Single [CD 9 21441-2][edit]

  1. "Roam" (7" Remix) - 5:11
  2. "Roam" (Radio Mix) - 4:13
  3. "Roam" (12" Remix) - 8:17
  4. "Bushfire" (LP Version) - 4:56
  5. "Roam" (Extended Remix) - 5:25
  6. "Roam" (Instrumental) - 5:27

Other Versions[edit]

  • "Roam" (Miami Phunky Break Mix) Time Capsule The Mixes - 7:35
  • "Roam" (Indamix Tekno Mix) Time Capsule The Mixes - 10:10
  • "Roam" (Single Edit) U.S. Cassette Single - 4:01
  • "Roam" (LP Version) Cosmic Thing - 4:54
  • "Roam" (Dusty Trailmix) Prime Cuts Volume 2 Issue 12 - 6:59

Cover versions[edit]


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 11
UK Singles Chart 17
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 10
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 6

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1990) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 40
U.S. Cashbox[3] 36


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