Sway (Bic Runga song)

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Sway by Bic Runga (NZ).jpg
Single by Bic Runga
from the album Drive
Released May 1997
Format CD Single
Recorded 1996
Genre Pop rock
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Bic Runga
Bic Runga singles chronology
"Bursting Through"
"Suddenly Strange"
"Bursting Through"
"Suddenly Strange"
Alternative cover
Australian cover art
Australian cover art

"Sway" is a song by New Zealand recording artist Bic Runga. It was released as the second single from her debut studio album, Drive (1997).

At the New Zealand Music Awards of 1998, the song won three awards, 'Single of the Year', 'Best Songwriter' and 'Best Engineer' (Simon Sheridan).

The song was featured in the 1999 film American Pie as well as the 2012 American Reunion. An acoustic version of the song can be found on the charity album Even Better than the Real Thing Vol. 2. In 2001 it was voted 6th best New Zealand song of all time by members of APRA.

Track listings[edit]

New Zealand CD single (Columbia – 664198.1)
  1. "Sway" - 4:14
  2. "I Don't Mean It" - 3:18
  3. "Lonely Lola Cherry Cola Girl" - 3:56
Australian CD Single (Columbia – 665416.2)
  1. "Sway" - 4:24
  2. "Dust" - 2:09
  3. "Close The Door, Put Out The Light" - 2:37

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1997/98) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 10
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[2] 7

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Position
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[3] 29
Chart (1998) Position
ARIA Singles Chart[4] 58


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[5] Gold 35,000^

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

Cover versions[edit]

Preceded by
"Chains" by DLT featuring Che Fu
New Zealand Music Awards Single of the Year
Succeeded by
"Scene III" by Che Fu


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