Setting Sun

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"Setting Sun"
The Chemical Brothers - Setting Sun single cover.png
Single by The Chemical Brothers featuring Noel Gallagher
from the album Dig Your Own Hole
B-side "Buzz Tracks"
Released September 30, 1996 (1996-09-30)
Recorded 1996
Genre Big beat, experimental[1]
Length 5:23
Label Virgin
Songwriter(s) Noel Gallagher, Tom Rowlands, Ed Simons
Producer(s) The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers singles chronology
"Life Is Sweet"
"Setting Sun"
"Where Do I Begin"
"Life Is Sweet"
"Setting Sun"
"Where Do I Begin"
Noel Gallagher singles chronology
"Setting Sun"
(1996) Setting Sun1996
"Let Forever Be"
(1999) Let Forever Be1999

"Setting Sun" is a song by The Chemical Brothers with vocals by Noel Gallagher. It was released as a single in 1996 from their second album Dig Your Own Hole and reached number 1 on the UK Singles Chart.

Pitchfork Media ranked it at number 43 in their list of the Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s.[2] The Guardian called it, alongside Underworld's "Born Slippy .NUXX", the "most experimental and sonically extreme hit [single] of the 90s."[1]


Gallagher used an old Oasis song, "Comin' On Strong", as the basis for the lyrics to "Setting Sun".

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Dom and Nic and features artist Lexi Strauss. In the video, it shows the prospect of a rave party through the eyes of a bewildered young woman. It can be seen the woman chasing a personification of her nightmare through the party. The video mixes a disturbing psychological confusion with moments of humoristic imagination (for example: the woman sees police dancing breakdance). The Chemical Brothers played a cameo role as themselves leaving the party with their record cases. The cameo has become a tradition which continues in many of the Chemical Brothers' videos to date.

Track listing[edit]


UK and US releases
No. Title Length
1. "Setting Sun" 5:23
2. "Setting Sun (Radio Edit)" 4:00
3. "Buzz Tracks" 4:11
4. "Setting Sun (Instrumental)" 7:01
Japan release
No. Title Length
1. "Setting Sun" 5:22
2. "Setting Sun (Radio Edit)" 4:00
3. "Buzz Tracks" 4:12
4. "Setting Sun (Instrumental)" 7:00
5. "Loops of Fury" 4:41
6. "Chemical Beats (Dave Clarke Remix)" 5:04

12" vinyl[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Setting Sun" 5:22
2. "Buzz Tracks" 4:00
3. "Setting Sun (Instrumental)" 7:00

Featured in other media[edit]


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1996–1997) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 27
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[4] 5
Norway (VG-lista)[5] 17
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[6] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 80


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Preceded by
"Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Deep Blue Something
UK Singles Chart number-one single
6 October 1996 – 12 October 1996
Succeeded by
"Words" by Boyzone