Wild Dances

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This article is about the song. For the album, see Wild Dances (album).
"Wild Dances"
Single by Ruslana
from the album Wild Dances
B-side "Hutsul Girl"

May 17, 2004

and 2013(Greece)
Format CD Single, digital download
Recorded 2003/2004
Genre Pop folk
Length 3:00
Label EMI
Writer(s) Aleksandr Ksenofontov, Jamie Maher, Ruslana Lyzchicko, Michael Fayne, Sherena Dugani
Producer(s) Aleksandr Ksenofontov, Ruslana
Ruslana singles chronology
"Wild Dances"
"Dance with the Wolves"
Ukraine "Wild Dances"
Eurovision Song Contest 2004 entry
Ruslana Lyzchicko
Ruslana Lyzchicko, Aleksandr Ksenofontov
Finals performance
Semi-final result
Semi-final points
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "Hasta la Vista" (2003)   
"Razom nas bahato" (2005) ►

"Wild Dances" (Ukrainian: Дикі танці) is a song by Ukrainian pop-star Ruslana. "Wild Dances" was the winning song in the Eurovision Song Contest 2004 in Turkey.[1]


After qualifying from the semi-final the song turned the tables in the final, and the 280 points it received were sufficient to claim a first famous Eurovision victory for Ukraine. With a mixture of English and Ukrainian lyrics, "Dyki tantsi" had the distinction of becoming the first Eurovision winner to be sung at least partly in a language other than English since the rule-change of 1999, when countries were allowed to sing in a language of their choosing, rather than one of their official languages. With this win, Ukraine became the third ex-USSR member to win the Contest (Estonia and Latvia having previously done so).

The song was remembered for an energetic performance, which Ruslana gave in a leather outfit, inspired by ethnic tradition of Ukraine.The work on the song lasted for about 3 months. Editing and sound engineering was done by Ruslana together with specialists from Kiev, London and New York. The recording was done together with a guitarist from Cool Before, and an ex-trumpet player from Zdob Si Zdub. The wild drumming part (in terms of drive and rhythm) was done by Ruslana herself. Ukrainian and English lyrics of the song, as well as the chorus and melody, suffered significant changes since the initial stage.

The song was bought with exclusive copyright in Vietnam by Hồ Quỳnh Hương, a very famous Vietnamese female pop star who performs it in Vietnamese as Vũ điệu hoang dã.[2]

The song is used as a soundtrack of the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV.[3]

American gymnast and 2011 world champion Jordyn Wieber uses this song for her floor exercise music.[4]

The song was included on the official compilation album called The Very Best of Eurovision celebrating the 60th anniversary of the contest. [5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Wild Dances" [Ukrainian version radio edit] - 2:55
  2. "Wild Dances" [Album version] - 3:00
  3. "Wild Dances" [Ukrainian version Harem's pop mix] - 2:48
  4. "Wild Dances" [Harem's pop mix] - 2:48
  5. "Wild Dances" [Part II] - 3:58
  6. "Wild Dances" [Ukrainian version Harem's club mix] - 3:16
  7. "Wild Dances" [Harem's club mix] - 3:16
  8. "Wild Dances" [Ukrainian version Harem's percussion mix] - 2:52
  9. "Wild Dances" [Harem's percussion mix] - 2:52
  10. "Wild Dances" [Break mix] - 3:25
  11. "Wild Dances" [Groove mix] - 3:16
  12. "Wild Dances" [Instrumental version] - 3:00
  13. "Wild Dances" [Part II instrumental version] - 3:57

Music video[edit]

Ruslana performing "Wild Dances" in Istanbul at the Eurovision Song Contest 2004.

A music video was filmed for Wild Dances. It was first aired on May 6, 2004 (before Eurovision), on MTV Russia in 12 Angry Viewers show, but was booed by the audience.[6] The shooting took place in the abandoned building of the Ice Palace, which was at once renamed 'the Iceberg Palace" by the members of Ruslana's crew because no heating equipment brought with Ruslana could heat the cold air of the huge building to a comfortable level. The building was 'decorated' with sheer concrete and windows without glass. Despite the script of the video-clip, which provided for constant burning fire in large barrels, torches on the stage, wireworks and even a real military flame thrower, only the Wild Dances could help people to ultimately warm up.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart precession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
F**k it (I Don't Want You Back) by Eamon
Ultratop 50 number-one hits
June 5, 2004–August 7, 2004
Succeeded by
Push Up by Freestylers
Preceded by
Shake It by Sakis Rouvas
Greek Top 20 number-one hits
June 20, 2004–June 27, 2004
Succeeded by
Come Along Now by Despina Vandi
Preceded by
Chocolate by Kylie Minogue
Ukraine Top 40 number-one hits
May 1, 2004–July 7, 2004
Succeeded by
Dragostea din tei by O-Zone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Ukraine 17 May 2004 CD single
Germany 24 May 2004
Czech Republic
United Kingdom
United States 29 April 2008 Digital download


  1. ^ "Ukraine celebrates Eurovision win". BBC. 2004-05-16. 
  2. ^ VietNamNet - Sau "đạo giai điệu" lại đến "đạo hoà âm"
  3. ^ gta4.net - GRAND THEFT AUTO IV - Music: Soundtrack, Radio Songs
  4. ^ Bloggs, Wiwi (2011-10-12). "Ruslana’s "Wild Dances" Inspires U.S. Gymnast Jordyn Wieber". WiwiBloggs.Com. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  5. ^ "Very Best of Eurovision Song Contest - A 60th Anniversary (CD / Digital Download Available NOW)". SBS.au. 1 May 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015. 
  6. ^ 07.05.2004 Новости за May 2004, связанные с проведением Конкурса Песни Евровидение 2004.

    Вчера, 6 мая на российском канале MTV в программе “ 12 злобных зрителей ” был показан клип Русланы Wild Dances (Дикие Танцы). Критиковали его по-страшному и практически единогласно (один воздержался) признали худшим клипом.

  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Ruslana – Wild Dance" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Ruslana – Wild Dance" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Ruslana – Wild Dance" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  10. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2004-06-26. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  11. ^ "Ruslana: Wild Dance" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  12. ^ "Musicline.de – Ruslana Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  13. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2004-06-26. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  14. ^ "Chart Track: Week 24, 2004". Irish Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Ruslana search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Ruslana – Wild Dance". Singles Top 60.
  17. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Ruslana – Wild Dance". Swiss Singles Chart.
  18. ^ "Digital Singles Charts - Turkey". Number One Top 20. Archived from the original on 20 May 2004. Retrieved 20 May 2004. 
  19. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2004-05-21. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  20. ^ "Ruslana: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Everyway That I Can" by Sertab Erener
Eurovision Song Contest winners
Succeeded by
"My Number One" by Helena Paparizou
Preceded by
"Hasta la Vista" by Oleksandr Ponomaryov
Ukrainian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
"Razom nas bahato" by GreenJolly