Unbelievable (EMF song)

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"Unbelievable"
Unbelievable (EMF song).jpg
Single by EMF
from the album Schubert Dip
B-side"EMF (live at The Bilson)"
Released
  • 3 November 1990 (UK)
  • 14 May 1991 (US)
Format
Length3:30
Label
Songwriter(s)EMF
Producer(s)Ralph Jezzard
EMF singles chronology
"Unbelievable"
(1990)
"I Believe"
(1991)

Unbelievable is a song written and recorded by British band EMF, originally appearing on their debut album Schubert Dip. It was released as a single in the UK in 1990, peaking in the UK Singles Chart at number three on 1 December 1990. It was the 32nd-best-selling single of 1990 in the UK. In the United States, it hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1991.[1]

Content of the song[edit]

The song contains samples of US comedian Andrew Dice Clay throughout the track, including the loud exclamation of "oh!" at the start of each chorus along with the words "it's unbelievable" spoken during the bridge.[2] The track was produced by Ralph Jezzard.

In the UK (where the band hailed from), the B-side of the single was a track called "EMF" which included the refrain: "E! Ecstasy! M! Motherfucker, motherfucker! F! From us to you...."[citation needed]

"Unbelievable" also samples the word "One" that comes in the refrain "Ya Kid K is the one", from the song "Spin That Wheel" by Eurodance act Hi-Tek 3 featuring Ya Kid K. Hi-Tek 3 is a side project from the successful dance act Technotronic.[citation needed]

Records[edit]

The song's opening and chorus features a sample of a Black Panther Party member shouting "What the fuck?",[3] which appears in the lyrics in the CD booklet, and was never edited. The song has been used unedited in pre-watershed television adverts.[citation needed]

The song was ranked no. 31 on VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders in 2002 and no. 98 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the 90s in 2007.[4] Rolling Stone listed "Unbelievable" at number 12 in their "20 Biggest Songs of the Summer: The 1990s" list in July 2014.[5]

Reception[edit]

Billboard wrote about the song: "U.K. act has already stormed European charts with this insinuating, Manchester-influenced rave. Scratchy, neopsychedelic guitar riffs nicely contrast track's hip-hop groove, promising extensive exposure here at both club and radio levels."[6]

Formats and track listings[edit]

UK CD(CDR 6273)

  1. "Unbelievable" – 3:30
  2. "Unbelievable (The Cin City Sex Mix)" – 5:14
  3. "EMF (live at The Bilson)" – 3:53

UK 7"(R 6273)

  1. "Unbelievable" – 3:30
  2. "EMF (live at The Bilson)" – 3:53

US CD (E2-56210)

  1. "Unbelievable (single version)" – 3:30
  2. "Unbelievable (Cin City Sex Mix)" – 5:14
  3. "Unbelievable (Boot Lane Mix)" – 6:20
  4. "Unbelievable (House Mix)" – 4:26
  5. "Unbelievable (Hip Hop Mix)" – 4:10
  6. "EMF (live at The Bilson)" – 3:53

Charts and sales[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Schubert Dip – Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  2. ^ Thompson, Dave (2000). Alternative Rock: Third Ear – The Essential Listening Companion. Backbeat Books. ISBN 978-0-8793-0607-6.[page needed]
  3. ^ Quantick, David (September 1991). "The Unbelievable Truth". Spin. Vol. 7 no. 6. p. 62. ISSN 0886-3032.
  4. ^ Ali, Rahsheeda (23 May 2013). "The 100 Greatest Songs Of the '90s". VH1. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  5. ^ Shipley, Al (23 July 2014). "20 Biggest Songs of the Summer: The 1990s". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Single Reviews > New and Noteworthy" (PDF). Billboard. 9 March 1991. p. 79.
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – EMF – Unbelievable". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Austriancharts.at – EMF – Unbelievable" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – EMF – Unbelievable" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  10. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 1570." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  11. ^ "Top RPM Dance/Urban: Issue 1541." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – EMF – Unbelievable". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  13. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Unbelievable". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 3 June 2013.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – EMF - Unbelievable" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – EMF – Unbelievable" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  16. ^ "Charts.nz – EMF – Unbelievable". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  17. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – EMF – Unbelievable". VG-lista. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  18. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (in Spanish) (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – EMF – Unbelievable". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – EMF – Unbelievable". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  21. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  22. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Pop Singles – Week ending JULY 13, 1991". Archived from the original on 15 September 2012.. Cash Box magazine.
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 50 Singles 1991". ARIA Charts. ARIA. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  24. ^ "Jaaroverzichten 1991" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  25. ^ "Dance Tracks of 1991". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. 21 December 1991. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  26. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks of 1991". RPM. Vol. 55 no. 3. 21 December 1991. Retrieved 24 November 2017.
  27. ^ "End of Year Charts 1991". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  28. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1991" (in German). Hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  29. ^ "Top 100 Hits for 1991". The Longbored Surfer. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  30. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1991". Archived from the original on 27 August 2012.. Cash Box magazine.
  31. ^ "Australian Fun Countdowns – Accreditation Awards". Australian Fun Countdowns. 7 April 2011. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  32. ^ "Canadian single certifications – E.M.F. – Unbelievable". Music Canada.
  33. ^ "British single certifications – EMF – Unbelievable". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Unbelievable in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  34. ^ "American single certifications – EMF – Unbelievable". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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