Someone Wake Me Up

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"Someone Wake Me Up"
Someone Wake Me Up (Joe McElderry single - cover art).jpg
Single by Joe McElderry
from the album Wide Awake and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
B-side "There's a Place for Us"
Released 5 December 2010 (2010-12-05)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Pop
Length 3:26
Label Syco Music
Songwriter(s) Liam Keenan, Ben Collier, Ray Hedges, Nigel Butler
Producer(s) Ray Hedges, Nigel Butler
Joe McElderry singles chronology
"Someone Wake Me Up"
"There's a Place for Us"
"Someone Wake Me Up"
"There's a Place for Us"
Music video
"Someone Wake Me Up" on YouTube

"Someone Wake Me Up" is a 2010 pop song by singer Joe McElderry. The single was released on 5 December 2010 as the third and final single from his debut album, Wide Awake.[1] The single's B-side, "There's a Place for Us", was recorded for the soundtrack of the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.[2] The single peaked at #68 on the UK Singles Chart and #69 on the Irish Singles Chart, with sales of only 7,000 copies between them.

Composition and reception[edit]

Jon O'Brien writing for allmusic compared "Someone Wake Me Up" to having a combination of the refrain of "Love Story" by Taylor Swift and the backing track of "Teenage Dream" by Katy Perry.[3] Darren Scott of Gay Times described it as a pop ballad unconventional to McElderry's norm, and noted similarities to Wham![4] Scott appreciated the song's catchy nature, as did David Griffiths of 4Music.[4][5] OK! also praised the song, calling it "an epic lighters-aloft stunner".[6]

Live performances[edit]

McElderry performed "Someone Wake Me Up" for the first time at the annual Christmas Lights turn-on in Sheffield.[7] He appeared on The Late Late Show, This Morning and The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Paul O'Grady Live to promote the single.

Music video[edit]

Screenshot from the video

The video for the song intersperses clips from the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, with recordings of McElderry performing inside The Dawn Treader, during which the boat is being flooded.[7][8] The video premiered on McElderry's YouTube channel on 27 November 2010, which was eventually taken down in 2011, along with his previous music videos, to be re-uploaded to vevo.

Track listing[edit]

CD single / digital download
  1. "Someone Wake Me Up" — 3:24
  2. "There's a Place for Us" — 3:51

Chart performance[edit]

The track peaked at #68 on the UK Singles Chart, on its entry date of 12 December 2010.

Chart (2010) Peak
UK Singles Chart[9]
Irish Singles Chart


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  2. ^ "Joe McElderry records soundtrack for next Narnia film". Newsbeat. BBC Radio 1. BBC. 16 November 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  3. ^ O'Brien, Jon. "Review: Wide Awake". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Scott, Darren. "Joe McElderry GT Blog Review". Gay Times. Millivres Prowler Group. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  5. ^ Griffiths, David (24 October 2010). "Joe McElderry - Wide Awake". 4Music. Box Television. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Review: Joe McElderry - Wide Awake". OK!. Northern & Shell. 26 October 2010. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Strug, Leah (22 November 2010). "Joe helps light up christmas". Shields Gazette. Johnston Press. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
  8. ^ Parker, Sam (24 November 2010). "Joe McElderry 'Someone Wake Me Up' -- exclusive video". AOL Music UK. AOL. Retrieved 30 November 2010. 
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