Wake Up! (Pope Francis album)

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Wake Up!
Pope Francis Wake Up Front Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released27 November 2015 (2015-11-27)
LabelBelieve Digital
  • Don Giulio Neroni
  • Tony Pagliuca
Singles from Wake Up!
  1. "Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!"
    Released: 26 September 2015

Wake Up! Music Album with His Words and Prayers is a progressive rock album by Pope Francis released on 27 November 2015 on Believe Digital. The album is formed of speeches by Pope Francis recorded in numerous locations worldwide between 2013 and 2015 with accompanying music tracks of prayers and hymns by various Italian artists and producers.


Under the art direction of Don Giulio Neroni, who also curated other albums for Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, various Italian artists and producers also contributed to the music like Giorgio Kriegsch, Mite Balduzzi, Giuseppe Dati, Lorenzo Piscopo, the orchestral director Dino Doni, and former member of Italian progressive rock band Le Orme Tony Pagliuca.[1][2] The album was released through the Believe Digital label.[3]


The album sets papal prayers and speeches to pop, rock, and classical music.[4] The lyrics are varyingly Spanish, Portuguese or Italian, although the title track "Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!" is in English. While most of the music is described by Rolling Stone as "New Age neoclassicism" not unlike the work of Vangelis or Kitaro, "Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!" is identified as "the most rocking".[4]


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The Arts Desk[8]
Consequence of SoundC[10]
Crack Magazine3/10[11]
The Daily Telegraph[12]
Rolling Stone[4]
Under the Radar[14]

Tom Maxwell of Al Jazeera America states "Musically, the album is similar to but more animated than what one would hear during a yoga class or massage session" and that "What might be most noteworthy about Wake Up! is how groundbreaking it is. ... For such a figure [as the pope] to release an album of music at all is scarcely precedented, much less one that incorporates popular musical forms of the last few decades."[15]

Entertainment reporter Chi Chi Izundu on BBC Newsbeat expressed the opinion that some of the album "has the vibe of 80s rock", and another part is "hauntingly beautiful" and that the album is "all in all, a very pleasant listen".[16]

Helen Brown in The Telegraph calls it a "mellow, accessible album" and states "Proceeds go to help refugees at a time when displaced people are struggling to find room at the inn. Whatever your stance on the Catholic Church, or its leader, I suspect Pope Francis has made a good call here. At a time of increasingly inflamed religious emotions, the world could use a little Holy chill out."[12]


The first track released from the album was "Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!" on 26 September 2015.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Wake Up! includes the following tracks.[17]

No.TitleSpeech location and dateLength
1."Annuntio Vobis Gaudium Magnum!"Vatican City on 13 March 20136:53
2."Salve Regina"Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 25 July 2013 and Cagliari, Italy on 22 September 20135:17
3."Cuidar el planeta"Rome, Italy on 20 November 20144:46
4."¿Por qué sufren los niños?"Manila, Philippines on 18 January 20155:20
5."Non lasciatevi rubare la speranza!"Vatican City on 7 June 20133:57
6."¡La Iglesia no puede ser una ONG!"Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 25 July 20134:49
7."Wake Up! Go! Go! Forward!"South Korea, 17 August 20145:12
8."¡La fe es entera, no se licúa!"Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on 25 July 20134:32
9."Pace! Fratelli!"Vatican City on 8 June 20145:52
10."Santa famiglia di Nazareth"Vatican City on 27 October 20135:10
11."Fazei o que ele vos disser!"Vatican City on 31 May 20133:31


Chart (2015) Peak
US Christian Albums (Billboard)[18] 50
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[19] 20
US World Albums (Billboard)[20] 4


  1. ^ Bridda, Edoardo (13 November 2015). "Pope Francis - Wake Up!". sentireascoltare. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  2. ^ a b McIntyre, Hugh (25 September 2015). "Pope Francis Is Releasing An Album In November". Forbes. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  3. ^ Kreps, Daniel (25 September 2015). "Pope Francis to Release Pop-Rock Album 'Wake Up!'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Dolan, Jon (December 3, 2015). "Pope Francis: 'Wake Up!'". Rolling Stone (1249): 67. Retrieved January 31, 2016.
  5. ^ "Wake Up! by Pope Francis reviews". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Wake Up! by Pope Francis I". Metacritic. Retrieved 19 September 2016.
  7. ^ Yeung, Neil. "Wake Up! - Pope Francis". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 January 2016.
  8. ^ Muggs, Joe (28 November 2015). "CD: Pope Francis – Wake Up!". The Arts Desk. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  9. ^ Hill, Andy (30 November 2015). "Pope Francis – Wake Up!". Clash. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  10. ^ Brennan, Collin (25 November 2015). "Pope Francis – Wake Up!". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  11. ^ Black, Billy. "Pope Francis – 'Wake Up!'". Crack Magazine. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  12. ^ a b "Pope Francis, Wake Up! review: 'a little Holy chill out'". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  13. ^ Tolentino, Jia. "Pope Francis: Wake Up!". Pitchfork. Retrieved 22 February 2016. (highlighting and right-clicking the score reveals the actual score of 5.0)
  14. ^ Ray Shafer, Cody (29 December 2015). "Pope Francis: Wake Up! (Believe Digital)". Under the Radar. Retrieved 11 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Wake Up! Pope Francis has a new album coming". Al Jazeera America. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  16. ^ "Pope Francis has released a rock album". BBC. Retrieved 2 March 2016.
  17. ^ "Pope Francis: Wake Up! (Music Album with His Words and Prayers)". iTunes. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  18. ^ "Pope Francis Chart History (Christian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  19. ^ "Pope Francis Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  20. ^ "Pope Francis Chart History (World Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 October 2018.

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