Living in Danger

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"Living in Danger"
Ace of Base - Living in Danger.jpg
Single cover
Single by Ace of Base
from the album Happy Nation (U.S. Version)/The Sign
  • October 17, 1994 (US)
  • October 24, 1994 (AUS)[1]
  • January 1, 1995 (UK)
  • 3:10 Single Version
  • 3:39 (Album Version)
  • Tommy Ekman
  • Per Adebratt
Ace of Base singles chronology
"Don't Turn Around"
"Living in Danger"
"Lucky Love"
Music video
"Living in Danger" on YouTube

"Living in Danger" is a song recorded by Swedish group Ace of Base. It was released as the seventh and final single from their debut album, Happy Nation (U.S. version) and fourth single from their American debut release The Sign.[2]

Chart performance[edit]

The single peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. in 1994. The song also topped the American dance chart in December of that year. And at the Cash Box Top 100 it peaked at number 10. Later in 1995, "Living in Danger" reached number 18 on the UK Singles Chart.

Critical reception[edit]

Billboard wrote about the song: "Swedish pop phenomenon shows no sign of loosening its hypnotic hold over top 40 programmers and pop-minded consumers. Latest single from act's red-hot debut album, "The Sign," sticks pretty close to the formula of previous hits: Galloping pop/reggae beats are covered with fluttering synths, a contagious hook, and somewhat disconnected vocal."[3]

Network 40 wrote: "Already stamped as "The Artists of '94," the Swedish quartet strikes again. Showcasing their trademark groove, this number (...) will soar to the top of the charts."[4]

1994 European Music Awards[edit]

Ace of Base performed this song on the first ever MTV Europe Music Awards held in Germany in 1994. Ace of Base performed "Living in Danger" in the front of Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. They were also nominated for Best Cover with "Don't Turn Around" this year.

Music video[edit]

A music video was produced to promote the single. The video was directed by Matt Broadley. He also directed the music videos of "All That She Wants", "Happy Nation" and "Don't Turn Around". The video was shot in Kungsträdgårdens tunnelbana, an underground metro station in Stockholm in September 1994.[5]

The music video of "Living in Danger" opens with the four members of Ace of Base singing at different places on an underground metro station. Then we see three people, two men and a woman, rushing into the underground station. There is also a woman sitting in a ticket office watching the busy people. She feels that no one really sees her in the ticket booth. On the train the woman believes that a strange man with sunglasses (one of the men from the beginning) is following her. The woman gets scared and runs off the train. In her haste, she falls over behind the ticket office. The woman in the ticket booth helps her up and offers her some coffee. The man with sunglasses is a former pilot. Some old flashbacks are shown from a war he was in. In the war he met a priest. The second man from the beginning of the video is revealed to be the priest, and the two begin talking. At the end of the video we see Joker and Buddha leaving the metro station together. Linn and Jenny are standing together on the metro.

One of the people used a Game Boy in the video.

Track listings[edit]

  • United Kingdom Maxi CD:
  1. Living in Danger (Radio Edit) - 3:10
  2. Living in Danger (Old School Mix Short Version) - 3:39
  3. Living in Danger (D-House Mix Long Version) - 10:03
  4. Living in Danger (New Buddha Version) - 3:35
  5. Living in Danger (For The Big Clubs Mix) - 10:15
  • United States Maxi CD
  1. Living in Danger (Radio Remix) - 3:10
  2. Living in Danger (Album Version) - 3:19
  3. Living in Danger (Old School Mix) - 4:56
  4. Living in Danger (D-House Mix) - 10:08
  5. Living in Danger (Principle Mix) - 8:50
  6. Living in Danger (Buddha Version) - 3:35


  • Vocals by Linn Berggren, Jenny Berggren and Ulf Ekberg
  • Backing Vocals by John Ballard
  • Written by Jonas Berggren and Ulf Ekberg
  • Produced by Tommy Ekman and Per Adebratt
  • Pre-Production by Jonas Berggren and Ulf Ekberg, T.O.E.C.
  • Recorded at Tuff Studios, Gothenburg



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