Young Folks

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"Young Folks"
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Single cover
Single by Peter Bjorn and John featuring Victoria Bergsman
from the album Writer's Block
B-side"Ancient Curse"
Released7 August 2006
  • 4:38 (album version)
  • 4:05 (single version)
Songwriter(s)Björn Yttling Peter Morén
Producer(s)Peter Bjorn and John
Peter Bjorn and John singles chronology
"Young Folks"
"Let's Call It Off"
Audio sample
Music video
"Young Folks" on YouTube

"Young Folks" is the first single from Peter Bjorn and John's third album, Writer's Block (released in 2006). The single features Victoria Bergsman as a guest vocalist.


The song first attracted notice on websites such as Myspace and YouTube, and was used in a number of European commercials and television shows. Since mid-2007, the song has earned extensive airplay on American radio, most notably on dance radio outlets like KNHC/Seattle, KNGY/San Francisco and Sirius Satellite's The Beat. It is notable for being a popular song with whistling (the whistling was originally added in as a placeholder for another instrument). The whistling and part of the song have a tune reminiscent of the "oriental riff".

The song was ranked #5 on Pitchfork Media's Top 100 Tracks of 2006 list.[3] Pitchfork reviewed the song on 19 July 2006, giving it three out of five stars.[4] The song was also voted #2 in the 2006 NME Track of the Year poll.[5] Planet Sound named this their #2 single of 2006. The song was named the number one song of 2007 according to the iTunes Store. Y-Rock On XPN also named the song #1 of 2007. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 92 on its list 150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years.[6] It was included in Spinner's 10 Best Whistling Parts in Songs.[7] Rolling Stone put the song also on its list of the 15 Best Whistling Songs of All Time.[8]

The single was re-released on 17 September 2007, when it reached number 13 in the UK, beating the original chart position of number 33 in 2006.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Ted Malmros with animation by Graham Samuels. It is featured in the video game SingStar Pop 2, as well as in Lips.

The video starts off with Peter and Victoria sitting in a park, on a bench. Peter teaches Victoria how to whistle. Then the video switches over to them both sitting in a bus where the song starts. Throughout the video, scenes of the band playing the song can be seen and eventually the video ends with a big party where everybody "seems to disappear".

Live performances[edit]

The group performed the song on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on 29 January 2007, and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on 18 May 2007, (the latter with Tonight Show band member Vicki Randle on bongos). On 29 September 2007, the band played "Young Folks", with Victoria Bergsman's vocals, on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on BBC1. When the band performed the song at the 2007 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Bergsman's vocals were performed by Bebban Stenborg of Shout Out Louds. On Peter Bjorn and John's 2008 Australian tour, Victoria Bergsman's vocals were performed by Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura.

Track listings[edit]

Vinyl release

  1. "Young Folks" (featuring Victoria Bergsman)
  2. "Ancient Curse"

CD release

  1. "Young Folks" (featuring Victoria Bergsman)
  2. "Ancient Curse"
  3. "All Those Expectations"
  4. "Young Folks (Scumfrogs Remix)" (featuring Victoria Bergsman)

In popular culture[edit]

"Young Folks" is considered to be one of the most popular songs associated with hipster culture. It has made numerous appearances in media and has also spawned many covers and samples from artists.

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]


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  33. ^ "British single certifications – Peter Bjorn and John – Young Folks". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Young Folks in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  34. ^ "American single certifications – Pete Bjorn & John – Young Folks". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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