Cotton Eye Joe Rednex

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Cotton Eye Joe Rednex

Song Title: Cotton Eye Joe

Artist: Rednex

Date of release: 12 August 1994

Description: ” Cotton Eye Joe ” became a Worldwide hit single for the Swedish group Rednex. Taking this traditional American country folk song and remixing into a dance track using modern beats with instruments like banjo’s and fiddles, the group enjoyed huge commercial success. The most successful single from their Album ” Sex & Violins ” it reached the number one slot in many countries including the UK, Sweden, Norway, austria and Belgium but in the US a major chart topper eluded the group and the song peaked at number 25.

The song is believed to pre date the American Civil War, it is unclear exactly where the song originated from although some believe it to be linked to the salves working on plantations during those years. A popular folk song for many years with about 134 recorded versions since 1950, the song has started to lose its appeal due to the association with the slavery which is now considered to be a taboo subject. However this song is still a popular folk song in the American deep south.

The original version is enjoyed the World over in line dancing clubs and venues. Many artists have covered the song including The Moody Brothers and Irish group The Chieftains with many receiving Grammy nominations for ” Best Country Instrumental Performance ” for example, although that accolade is something that has seemed to pass Rednex by.

Rednex certainly enjoyed making the song popular again, even if it was for just a short time. However not everyone shared the same level of enthusiasm for the song, with Blender magazine ranking ” Cotton Eye Joe ” at number 38 of the worst 50 songs ever ( Bit harsh ).
Just to rub salt into the wound, Alvin and the Chipmunks and The Chipettes made a cover version of the song for their live stage tour in 2015.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 25

UK Highest Chart Position: 1

Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA)8, Austria (Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1, Canada Top Singles (RPM) 10, Canada Dance (RPM) 1, Denmark (Tracklisten) 1, Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 1, France (SNEP) 10, Germany (Media Control Charts) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 2, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, New Zealand (RIANZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Spain (AFYVE) 8, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1,Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1, U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 5, U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 30.

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