Joyride (Roxette song)

February 27, 1991

Joyride is a song by the Swedish pop duo Roxette from the year 1991. The single release reached in Europe in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and in the home country of the duo Sweden # 1 on the charts. In the U.S., Joyride was the fourth number-one hit song by Roxette.


During the 1990s studio recordings in Stockholm Per Gessle was looking for a cheerful and positive -sounding name for the nascent album. In a magazine he was reading an interview with Paul McCartney where this the songwriting process with John Lennon as long joyride (German: long jaunt ) had described. Gessle found that this word would fit perfectly as an album title. The idea to write a song with that title came to him after his girlfriend gave him on the piano, the message Hello, you fool - I love you: had left ( dt Hello, you fool, I love you ). This was the first line of the chorus. There was a based on three chords song that should unite Gessle's personal musical roots as the Beatles song Magical Mystery Tour, and the music of T. Rex.

The idea to integrate the whistling in the song, Gessle came after he had heard the song Always Look On the Bright Side of Life from the movie The Life of Brian, which contains a similar passage whistled. Gessle took the whistle on himself and needed for a total of twelve takes, until it met his expectations. The spoken section comes from Dave Edwards.


The song first appeared as the first track of the album of the same name. Gessle and Marie Fredriksson his partner suggested the record company EMI to decouple Joyride as the first single. However, EMI wanted in Europe Fading Like a Flower and the U.S. Spending My Time, because it is higher einschätzten the commercial potential of these ballads than that of the up-tempo piece Joyride. But Gessle and Fredriksson prevailed and the success of the single confirmed her opinion, she was the fourth number-one hit in the U.S. and reached in the week ending May 11, 1991 # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Also in Europe was the Single with number 1 in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Sweden successfully.

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