Stompa (song)

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Stompa - Serena Ryder.jpg
Single by Serena Ryder
from the album Harmony
Released September 27, 2012
Recorded 2012
Genre Blues rock, indie rock
Length 3:41 (album version)
3:04 (radio edit)
Label EMI, Capitol Records
Songwriter(s) Serena Ryder, Jerrod Bettis
Serena Ryder singles chronology
"Broken Heart Sun"
"What I Wouldn't Do"
"Broken Heart Sun"
"What I Wouldn't Do"

"Stompa" is a song performed by Canadian singer/songwriter Serena Ryder. The song was written by Ryder and Jerrod Bettis for Ryder's sixth studio album, Harmony (2012). The song was released as the lead single from the album in September 2012 in Canada, and then in February 2013 in the United States. On February 15, 2013, a French version of the song was released to Canadian iTunes.

Lyrics and composition[edit]

Lyrically, the song speaks about how music can be a remedy for most of life's problems -- that people should "clappa" their hands and "stompa" their feet. On the track, Ryder said "it's about encouraging people to get outside of their heads and realize that everybody’s got problems and everybody's got issues and life is hard but music can really help you out".[1]

Critical reception[edit]

"Stompa" received mostly favorable reviews, with the Montreal Gazette calling the song "infectious" and "almost Broadway-ready", while the Hamilton Spectator praised the fact that the song could be played on four different radio formats (modern rock, hot adult contemporary, contemporary hit radio and adult contemporary).[2] The Toronto Star also took note of the fact that the song had been playlisted on virtually every single commercial radio station in the Toronto market;[3] in the same article, Astral Media executive Rob Farina described the song as "a mashup of The Black Keys and Adele."[3] The New York Times called it "a new song of summer" for 2013.[4]

However, writer Elio Iannacci of the now defunct The Grid gave the song a negative review, saying the song was "hard to forgive" and "easy to forget".[5]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the track premiered on December 21, 2012 on MuchMusic, and was uploaded to Ryder's official VEVO channel on January 23, 2013. In the video, a little girl named Violet portrays a younger Ryder shooting arrows at symbols indicating the four elements. These shots are intercut with other girls shooting arrows, as well as shots of Ryder performing the song with her guitar in a shadowy white room. On the day of its premiere, a behind-the-scenes video was uploaded on MuchMusic's website.[6] In that video, Ryder explained that the video is based on the same idea as her album, that if you separate yourself into one element, you will not succeed, you will only succeed if you bring in all of the elements together.

Track listing[edit]

Digital Download[7][edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Stompa" Serena Ryder, Jerrod Bettis 3:39

Version française [8][edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Stompa (Version française)" Serena Ryder, Jerrod Bettis 3:07

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Canada September 27, 2012 (2012-09-27)
United States February 26, 2013 (2013-02-26)



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[18] 3× Platinum 240,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  2. ^ "Serena Ryder finds broad appeal with new album, Harmony". Hamilton Spectator, November 30, 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Serena Ryder changes her tune, away from folk". Toronto Star, November 24, 2012.
  4. ^ Haller, Val (28 May 2013). "If You Like Melissa Etheridge, Try Serena Ryder". New York Times. New York Times. Retrieved 15 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Serena Ryder: Harmony". The Grid, November 21, 2012.
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  16. ^ "Hot Rock Songs: Year End 2013". Billboard. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Triple A Songs: 2013 (Year-End)". Billboard. Retrieved December 13, 2013. (Subscription required (help)). 
  18. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Serena Ryder – Stompa". Music Canada. Retrieved August 24, 2013.