Sing (Travis song)

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"Sing"
Sing (Travis).jpg
Single by Travis
from the album The Invisible Band
Released 28 May 2001
Format CD, 7" vinyl
Recorded 2000–01
Genre Post-Britpop, post rock, pop rock
Length 3:48
Label Independiente
Songwriter(s) Fran Healy
Producer(s) Steve Orchard
Travis singles chronology
"Coming Around"
(2000)
"Sing"
(2001)
"Side"
(2001)
"Coming Around"
(2000)
"Sing"
(2001)
"Side"
(2001)
Alternative covers
European cover
European cover
Audio sample
A sample from "Sing" by Travis

"Sing" is the lead single from indie rock band Travis' third studio album, The Invisible Band. It was released in the United Kingdom on 28 May 2001, following an extensive five-week promotional campaign. The song reached a peak position of number three on the UK Singles Chart.[1] "Sing" was a worldwide success, reaching top ten in several countries in Europe and Latin America. The song can be heard in The Office on various occasions as the unofficial song of Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly. The song is noted for its prominent use of the banjo (played by Andy Dunlop), a country music instrument then considered rare for mainstream pop.

Fran Healy came up with the song as he watched a swingbeat video on MTV, leading him to write a basic melody called "Swing" about children in a swing set. As he performed with the rest of the band, he changed the song to "Sing", making the lyrics about the healing powers of singing.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video features the band visiting a large country house for dinner and getting into a massive food fight with the residents. The video premièred in on 20 April 2001, on Top of the Pops. When the single reached number three, the band were invited on to Top of the Pops, where they re-enacted the food fight for a live performance. This performance is sometimes used instead of the main video.

B-Sides[edit]

The single's B-sides include a cover of Queen's "Killer Queen" with guest vocalist Jason Falkner (formerly of the band Jellyfish), and guitarist Andy Dunlop's writing and vocal debut on "You Don't Know What I'm Like".

Covers[edit]

Track listing[edit]

  • UK CD1
  1. "Sing" - 3:48
  2. "Ring Out the Bell" - 3:44
  3. "Killer Queen" - 4:03
  • UK CD2
  1. "Sing" - 3:48
  2. "You Don't Know What I'm Like" - 4:11
  3. "Beautiful" - 3:45
  • 7" Vinyl / Cassette Single
  1. "Sing" - 3:48
  2. "Killer Queen" - 4:03
  • European Single
  1. "Sing" - 3:48
  2. "Ring Out the Bell" - 3:44

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001–02) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 41
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 31
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[5] 8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[6] 22
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 82
France (SNEP)[8] 2
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 51
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 7
Italy (FIMI)[11] 8
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 8
Norway (VG-lista)[13] 4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 43
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 34
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[1] 3
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[16] 37

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Archive Chart: 2001-06-09" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  2. ^ Story of the Song: 'Sing', Travis (2001)
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Travis – Sing". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Travis – Sing" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Travis – Sing" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Travis – Sing" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Travis – Sing" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  8. ^ "Lescharts.com – Travis – Sing" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Travis – Sing". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know". www.irishcharts.ie. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  11. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Travis – Sing". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  12. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Travis – Sing". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  13. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Travis – Sing". VG-lista. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Travis – Sing". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Travis – Sing". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  16. ^ "Travis – Chart history" Billboard Alternative Songs for Travis. Retrieved 9 February 2014.

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