|Single by Blur|
|from the album Blur|
|Released||7 April 1997|
|Blur singles chronology|
"Song 2" is a song by English rock band Blur, the second track from their 1997 eponymous fifth studio album. The hook features Damon Albarn yelling "woo-hoo!" as the distorted bass comes in. Released in April 1997, "Song 2" appropriately reached number two in the UK Singles Chart, number four on the Australian ARIA Charts, and number six on US Billboard Alternative Songs (previously called Billboard Modern Rock Tracks).
At the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, "Song 2" was nominated for Best Group Video, and Best Alternative Video. At the 1998 Brit Awards the song was nominated for Best British Single, and Best British Video. In December 1998, BBC Radio 1 listeners voted "Song 2" the 15th Best Track Ever. In October 2011, NME placed it No. 79 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".
Blur intended "Song 2" to be a satire of grunge. The song was nonetheless their biggest hit in the United States. The song has often featured in popular culture, and first appeared in the hit video game FIFA: Road to World Cup 98.
The track was originally nicknamed "Song 2" as a working title, but the name stuck. The title refers to basically every aspect of the song's structure: the number of verses, the number of choruses, the number of minutes in length, and the number of syllables in the hook; it is also the second song on the album. According to producer Stephen Street in an interview with HitQuarters, the song was recorded using RADAR audio recording equipment.
In the UK, "Song 2" built upon the success of Blur's chart-topping single "Beetlebum" to reach number two in the charts. It was also the band's biggest hit in the US at number 55 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart; it also reached number 6 on Billboard 's Modern Rock Tracks chart staying on the chart for 26 weeks and number 25 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. This is the band's only crossover hit to date crossing over to Top 40 radio. It also placed #2 on Triple J's Hottest 100 for 1997 in Australia. The song is atypical of Blur's previous style. The song's intro has been called Graham Coxon's "finest moment".
The song became popular in the UK and overseas upon its release in 1997, and featured on college and modern rock radio stations in the US. It has been licensed worldwide on numerous occasions. Its first appearance came as the title music for the hit FIFA video game FIFA: Road to World Cup 98. It has been used in numerous advertisements, including commercials for the Pentium II and Nissan Sentra and television spots for the film Starship Troopers, and it is often heard in association football, ice hockey, and baseball stadiums when goals or runs are scored, or at the end of a winning game for the home team. The song was featured in the 2000 film Charlie's Angels during a Drew Barrymore fight scene. In 2009, it was featured in a TV commercial for Michelob Ultra. The song also plays in the background of the "Star" segment of the short film series The Hire.
The American military allegedly requested to use the track at the launch of a new stealth bomber, but the band refused to allow this, as Albarn is an anti-war campaigner. The song is featured on the soundtrack to the videogames Rocksmith, Guitar Hero 5, Lego Rock Band, Madden NFL 11 and Saints Row 4. The song was featured briefly in the episode "Malled" of the animated series Daria. The song is also used in the twelfth episode of the tenth season of the animated sitcom The Simpsons, entitled "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday". It was played when Homer and the rest of the people from Springfield were running around Pro Player Stadium after Dolly Parton released them from a cell during the Super Bowl. The song is currently being used at Red Bull Arena. It is also used by British UFC fighter Michael Bisping as his entrance song. The song was used in the teaser trailer for Hop, where the film's main character E.B plays the song on a red drumset. The song is also heard in the Doctor Who spin-off television series Torchwood in the episode "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang". The song appears in the South Park episode entitled "Stanley's Cup", during the pee-wee hockey game. The song appeared in the Parks and Recreation episode "Prom".
An abbreviated remix of the song is played at AT&T Park, accompanied with the sounding of the in-park foghorns, every time the San Francisco Giants win a home game, followed by "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" by Tony Bennett. The Wilmington Blue Rocks (baseball, US), a minor league baseball team, use this song every time they score a run at home, followed up with the character Mr. Celery coming out to do a dance. St Pauli, a Hamburg based football team play the song after every goal scored at their home stadium. The St. Louis Blues, Hershey Bears (AHL), and the New Jersey Devils (hockey, US) and the Vancouver Giants (hockey, CAN) use this song at the end of a winning home game (2010). In the NHL, the song was very synonymous with the Atlanta Thrashers whenever they scored a goal at Philips Arena. However, when they moved to Winnipeg to become the Winnipeg Jets, they dropped the song and used "Hell Yeah" by Rev Theory instead. Currently, the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Pittsburgh Penguins (hockey, US) and the Adler Mannheim (hockey, GER) also use this song when a goal is scored. The Ottawa Senators (hockey, Canada) used Song 2 as their goal song in the Stanley Cup playoffs during the late 1990s and early 2000s, with "Woo Hoo" (from the song's chorus) written on towels handed out to fans to be waved after a goal. The Montreal Canadiens play it if a Habs goal that is under review is successful. It was also used by the Pittsburgh Steelers during the 2011 NFL playoffs whenever a touchdown was scored. It is also played when the French football team Lille OSC score a goal.
More recently, "Song 2" was used as part of the London 2011 New Year's Eve fireworks display. It appeared in shortened form mixed alongside various other landmark British tracks including "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by The Beatles, "We Will Rock You" by Queen, and "London Calling" by The Clash.
In 2014 New Zealand ISP Xtra used this song as part of an advertising campaign with the boy playing the soldier game on dial-up internet, promoting the benefits of broadband Internet. That year, the song was played during the closing ceremony of the XXII Winter Olympics Sochi 2014.
The music video for this song was directed by Sophie Muller, and it features the band playing in a small, secluded room with loud amplifiers behind them. During the choruses, the volume of the song sends the band members crashing against the walls and ground. This video bears striking resemblances to Blur's video for "Popscene".
|Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)||8|
|Canada Alternative 30 (RPM)||1|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||73|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||2|
|US Hot 100 Airplay||55|
|US Mainstream Rock Tracks||25|
|US Modern Rock Tracks||6|
|UK Singles Chart||163|
|UK Singles Chart||64|
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