Where It's At

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"Where It's At"
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Single by Beck
from the album Odelay
Released July 11, 1996
Format 12", 4 CDs
Recorded 1995-1996
Genre Alternative rock, alternative hip hop, rap rock
Length 3:42 (radio edit)
5:30 (album version)
Label DGC/Bong Load
Producer(s) Beck, The Dust Brothers
Beck singles chronology
"It's All in Your Mind"
"Where It's At"
"Devils Haircut"

"Where It's At" is the first single from Beck's 1996 album, Odelay. Beck wrote the song in 1995. He premiered it at Lollapalooza 1995, in a version very similar to its incarnation on Odelay. He has played the song very often since 1995, although he regularly experiments with the music and lyrics.


"Where It's At" has a number of spoken samples that Beck and the Dust Brothers incorporated into it. Many of these come from an obscure sex education album titled Sex for Teens: (Where It's At), a subtitle Beck borrowed (see link below). Other vocal samples incorporated into "Where It's At" come from "Needle to the Groove" by old-school hip hop group Mantronix ("we've got two turntables and a microphone..."), as well as The Frogs ("that was a good drum break"). The song also references Gary Wilson, one of Beck's influences. Beck also pays homage to Captain Beefheart by dressing as Captain Beefheart was dressed in the Trout Mask Replica album photo sessions at 1:27 in the video.[1] The video features a parody of William Shatner's video of "Rocket Man" or perhaps a reference to Chris Elliot's parody of same. An adaptation of the song in Futurama was also used with Bender playing the 'washboard' in various parts, the same episode in which Beck makes an appearance throughout the show.

Beck earned the Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for the song. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 76 on its list of 150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years.[2]

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Steve Hanft, features Beck doing a variety of things, such as working as a garbage man, singing at a car dealership, dressed as the Candyman, and line dancing. In one moment, Beck pays homage to William Shatner's performance of "Rocket Man" at the 1977 Saturn Awards ceremony. "Where It's At" was the first music video to be broadcast on MTV2 on August 1, 1996. The video was awarded a MTV Video Music Award for Best Male Video.

Track listings[edit]

USA (12)

  1. Where It's At (Edit)
  2. Make Out City
  3. Where It's At (remix by Mario C and Mickey P)
  4. Where It's At (remix by John King)
  5. Bonus Beats

UK #1

  1. Where It's At (Edit)
  2. Where It's At (remix by Mario C and Mickey P)
  3. Bonus Beats
  4. Where It's At (remix by U.N.K.L.E.)

UK #2

  1. Where It's At (Edit)
  2. Where It's At (remix by Mario C and Mickey P)
  3. Bonus Beats


  1. Where It's At (Edit)
  2. Where It's At (remix by Mario C and Mickey P)
  3. Bonus Beats


  1. Where It's At (Edit)
  2. Where It's At (remix by John King)
  3. Lloyd Price Express (remix by John King)
  4. Dark and Lovely (remix by the Dust Brothers)
  5. American Wasteland
  6. Clock


  • Beck Hansen: Vocals, electric piano, guitar, bass, organ, programming
  • The Dust Brothers: Turntables, programming
  • Mike Boito: Trumpet, organ
  • David Brown: Saxophone
  • Money Mark: Organ
  • Eddie Lopez: Outro talking
  • Written by: Beck/The Dust Brothers

Chart positions[edit]


Chart (1996) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 71
Canada (RPM)[4] 50
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[5] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 34
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 49
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[8] 35
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 61
US Modern Rock Tracks (Billboard)[9] 5


Chart (1996) Position
Canada Rock/Alternative (RPM)[10] 42


  1. ^ "Beck Dressed as Captain Beefheart in the Where It's At Video". Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  2. ^ "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years". Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  4. ^ Top Singles - Volume 64, No. 2, August 26 1996. collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  5. ^ Rock/Alternative - Volume 63, No. 24, July 29 1996. collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  6. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Beck – Where It's At". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  7. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Beck – Where It's At". Singles Top 100. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  8. ^ "June 1996/ Archive Chart: 29 June 1996" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Odelay - Beck Awards. Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 29, 2013.
  10. ^ Rock/Alternative - Volume 64, No. 18, December 16 1996. collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved December 29, 2013.

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