Wow (Beck song)

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"Wow"
BeckWow.jpg
Single by Beck
from the album Colors
ReleasedJune 2, 2016
Genre
Length3:40
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Beck singles chronology
"Dreams"
(2015)
"Wow"
(2016)
"Dear Life"
(2017)
Audio sample
Music video
"Wow" on YouTube

"Wow" (occasionally stylized as "WOW") is a song by American musician Beck. It is the second single from his thirteenth studio album Colors. Billboard ranked "Wow" at number 60 on their Billboard's 100 Best Pop Songs of 2016" list.[2]

Background[edit]

Hip hop artist Chance the Rapper was originally intended to make a guest appearance on the track: Beck told NME, "Four or five months ago we tried to get Chance on 'Wow.' I'm not sure what happened with that."[3] A version with rapper Lil Yachty was also recorded.[4]

Usage in media[edit]

The song was featured in a 2017 Acura MDX car commercial that debuted on September 2016.[5][6]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[7] 8
Japan (Billboard Japan Hot 100)[8] 98
Japan Airplay (Billboard Japan Radio Songs)[9] 19
Mexico Ingles Airplay (Billboard)[10] 35
US Hot Rock & Alternative Songs (Billboard)[11] 12
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[12] 5
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[13] 10
US Rock Airplay (Billboard)[14] 13

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Position
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[15] 29
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[16] 30
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[17] 40
US Rock Airplay Songs (Billboard)[18] 34

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide June 2, 2016 Digital download
[19]
Italy July 1, 2016 Contemporary hit radio Universal [20]

Certifications[edit]

Certifications for "Wow"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[21] Gold 500,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.factmag.com/2016/06/02/beck-goes-trap-on-og-maco-sampling-new-single-wow/
  2. ^ "Billboard's 100 Best Pop Songs of 2016: Critics' Picks". Billboard. December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  3. ^ "Beck Interview: Superstar Talks About New Single 'Wow'". NME. 2016-06-03. Retrieved 2016-10-27.
  4. ^ "Beck on Besting Beyonce at the Grammys, Rappers Like Lil Yachty and His Happy New Album". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-10-19.
  5. ^ Acura – MDX – Anthem. YouTube. 6 September 2016.
  6. ^ Acura – MDX – Wake. YouTube. 6 September 2016.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Beck – Wow" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
  8. ^ Billboard Japan Hot 100 | Charts | Billboard JAPAN (retrieved June 23, 2016)
  9. ^ Billboard Japan Radio Songs | Charts | Billboard JAPAN (retrieved June 23, 2016)
  10. ^ "Beck Chart History (Mexico Ingles Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  11. ^ "Beck Chart History (Hot Rock & Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  12. ^ "Beck Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  13. ^ "Beck Chart History (Alternative Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
  14. ^ "Beck Chart History (Rock Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved June 7, 2016.
  15. ^ "Adult Alternative Songs – Year-End 2016". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  16. ^ "Alternative Songs – Year-End 2016". Billboard. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  17. ^ "Hot Rock Songs – Year-End 2016". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  18. ^ "Rock Airplay Songs – Year-End 2016". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2018.
  19. ^ "Beck - Wow Single Date". June 2, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  20. ^ "Beck - Wow Radiodate". radioairplay.fm. 1 July 2016. Retrieved 1 July 2016.
  21. ^ "American single certifications – Beck – Wow". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.