They (song)

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They pt1.jpg
Single by Jem
from the album Finally Woken
Released 2004 (US)
14 March 2005 (Europe)
Format CD
Genre Trip hop, breakbeat
Songwriter(s) Jem, Gerard Young, JS Bach
Producer(s) Jem, Yoad Nevo, Ge-ology
Jem singles chronology
"Just a Ride"

"Just a Ride"
Alternative covers
Uk pt2/Australian Cover
Uk pt2/Australian Cover
They: Remixes
They: Remixes
Audio sample

"They" is the first single released by Welsh singer Jem from her debut album Finally Woken. It includes a sample of the Swingle Singers' 1963 adaptation of Johann Sebastian Bach's Prelude in F minor (BWV 881) from Book II of Well-Tempered Clavier from their album Jazz Sebastian Bach.[1]

The song became her most popular single, peaking at #6 on the UK Singles Chart.

Taiwanese pop singer Jolin Tsai recorded a Chinese version of the song, titled "Paradise" (Chinese: 樂園), for using in an advertisement promoting Motorola mobile phone. "They" is also the title song for the hit MTV show The X Effect and formerly featured on a Pantene shampoo advertisement in the UK. "They" was also used in TV series like Crossing Jordan and Grey's Anatomy.

Track listing[edit]

They Pt. 1[edit]

  1. "They"
  2. "Maybe I'm Amazed" (Paul McCartney)

They Pt. 2/Australian CD[edit]

  1. "They" (Original Version)
  2. "They (Cut Chemist Remix)"
  3. "They Mdk & Ayesha Mix (Eye in the Sky Mix)"
  4. Music video

They remixes[edit]

  1. "They" (Cut Chemist Remix)
  2. "They" (Cut Chemist Instrumental Remix)
  3. "They" (Eye in the Sky Mix)
  4. "They" (Tech Breaks Mix) by Kid Freeze
  5. "They" (Photek Mix)
  6. "They" (Album version)

Music videos[edit]

Jem released two music videos for "They". The UK version, inspired by the Barbarella opening scene, features Jem stripping herself in a spaceship (although she remains covered by strategically placed holograms); actually a boy dreams her as he constructs a model of the same spaceship back on Earth. The US version features Jem walking at a park while being accompanied by a number of children. She then encounters several signs and decides to violate them. Some intercut scenes show her at a roundabout being spun by children.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 28
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 61
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[5] 47
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 45
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[7] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 8
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 27
Poland (Polish Airplay Charts)[10] 3
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 47
United Kingdom (Official Charts Company)[12] 6


  1. ^ Allegro, Ostin. "Ostin Allegro's Pop Meets The Classics". Archived from the original on 2007-12-28. Retrieved 2007-12-22.
  2. ^ " – Jem – They". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  3. ^ " – Jem – They" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ " – Jem – They" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ " – Jem – They" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ " – Jem Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  7. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  8. ^ Jem - They
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Jem" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  10. ^ Airplay Charts - Lista krajowa 24/2005
  11. ^ " – Jem – They". Singles Top 100.
  12. ^ UK Singles Chart Archive