|Single by Deep Forest|
|from the album Deep Forest|
|Released||15 November 1992|
|Format||CD single, CD maxi,
7" single, 12" maxi
|Label||Epic, Dance Pool|
|Deep Forest singles chronology|
"Sweet Lullaby" is a song by French world music/ethnic electronica Deep Forest which originally appeared on their eponymous album. The song gained popularity in 1992 and 1993 when it was released as a single, becoming a top 30 hit in many European and Oceanian countries. In 1994, it was re-released in remixed versions.
The song is based around a traditional Baegu lullaby from the Solomon Islands called "Rorogwela", and uses a vocal sample originally recorded by ethnomusicologist Hugo Zemp in 1970 and later released by UNESCO as part of their Musical Sources collection. The lyrics refer to a young orphan being comforted by his older brother despite the loss of their parents.
The music video, directed by Tarsem Singh, was also nominated for several awards at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards. The video consists of a little girl riding a tricycle in front of iconic scenes from around the globe (e.g. Moscow, Barcelona, New York City, Varanasi, and other locations).
The debut single for the group, "Sweet Lullaby" was a success for Deep Forest, reaching #3 in Norway, #7 on the Australian ARIA Charts, #10 on the British charts, #78 on the U.S. Billboard Top 100, and the Top 20 in France and Switzerland.
End of year charts
- A Sweet Lullaby for World Music
- Deep Forest Lyrics and Meanings
- 1994 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS
- "Lescharts.com – Deep Forest – Sweet Lullaby" (in French). Les classement single.
- "Offiziellecharts.de – Deep Forest – Sweet Lullaby". GfK Entertainment Charts.
- "Swisscharts.com – Deep Forest – Sweet Lullaby". Swiss Singles Chart.
- "Australian-charts.com – Deep Forest – Sweet Lullaby". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
- Canadian dance peak RPM Magazine
- "Charts.org.nz – Deep Forest – Sweet Lullaby". Top 40 Singles.
- Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved April 14, 2009)
- "Musicline.de – Deep Forest Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – Deep Forest search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
- Irish Singles Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 14, 2009)
- "Norwegiancharts.com – Deep Forest – Sweet Lullaby". VG-lista.
- UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 14, 2009)
- "Single top 100 over 1994" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 17 April 2010.