Ameno (song)

"Ameno" is a song by French new-age musical project Era (stylized as +eRa+). It was released in June 1996 as a single from their self-titled debut album Era and became a chart success in France, Belgium, Sweden and Latin America.

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Single by Era
from the album Era
ReleasedJune 1, 1996
GenreNew-age, electronic, pop
Length3:40 (1st Version), 4:20 (2nd Version)
LabelPolygram (France)
Songwriter(s)Eric Lévi, Guy Protheroe
Producer(s)Eric Lévi


"Ameno" was written by new-age artist Eric Lévi. The lyrics are written in Pseudo-Latin, i.e. sounding like Latin but are in fact deliberately devoid of any exact meaning.[citation needed] The vocals are performed by Guy Protheroe and Harriet Jay. Eric Lévi played keyboards and programmed it, whereas Philippe Manca played lead guitar, bass and drums. The choir rendition is by The English Chamber Choir.

Music videoEdit

A music video was shot for the song featuring actors Iréne Bustamante and Pierre Boisserie.



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Belgium (BEA)[8] Gold 25,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[9] Gold 25,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[10] Platinum 100,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[11] 3× Platinum 150,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Other versionsEdit

The song has been interpreted many times and is very popular in covers and parodies. Famous versions include DJ Quicksilver (2000), Roberto Molinaro techno mix version in Italy (2005) and French tenor Vincent Niclo interpretation with the Red Army Choir (2012).

DJ Quicksilver versionEdit

Single by DJ Quicksilver
from the album Clubfiles - The Album
Released5 March 2001
Songwriter(s)Eric Lévi, Guy Protheroe
Producer(s)Tommaso De Donatis
Orhan Terzi
DJ Quicksilver singles chronology
"New Life"

A remix of "Ameno" was made by Turkish-German DJ and music producer DJ Quicksilver. It appeared in the Clubfiles - The Album by DJ Quicksilver and was a hit for him in a number of countries including singles charts in Austria, Belgium (Wallonia French charts), Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. It was produced by Tommaso De Donatis and by Orhan Terzi (actually DJ Quicksilver himself using his real name).

Track listsEdit

CD maxi (Polydor)Edit
  1. "Ameno" (video mix) (3:28)
  2. "Ameno" (club mix) (6:20)
  3. "Ameno" (C.J. Stone remix) (6:22)
  4. "Voyage" (6:10)
CD maxi (ADN Progressive)Edit
  1. "Ameno" (radio edit) (3:28)
  2. "Ameno" (video mix) (3:00)
  3. "Ameno" (club mix) (7:30)
  4. "Ameno" (De Donatis mix) (8:14)
  5. "Ameno" (C.J. Stone remix) (7:39)
  6. "Ameno" (Analog masters remix) (6:01)
  7. "Ameno" (OG Sterling Amapiano remix) (3:41)


Chart (2001) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[12] 13
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[13] 6
Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 18
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[15] 30
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[16] 12
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 20

Vincent Niclo & Les Chœurs de l'Armée Rouge versionEdit

Single by Vincent Niclo & Les Chœurs de l'Armée Rouge
from the album Opéra rouge
Songwriter(s)Eric Lévi, Guy Protheroe
Producer(s)Florent Bidoyen

French tenor Vincent Niclo recorded the song accompanied by the MVD Ensemble (widely known as Red Army Choir or in French as credited in the recording, "Les Chœurs de l'Armée Rouge").

The song appeared on his album Opéra rouge and was released as a single in France reaching #87 in SNEP, the official French Singles Chart.


Chart (2012) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[18] 17
France (SNEP)[19] 87

In popular mediaEdit

The use of the song in YouTube videos and Twitch streams has led to its popularisation as an internet meme, with a resurgence in popularity as a TikTok meme in early 2020.[20][21]


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  11. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Era; 'Ameno')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  12. ^ "DJ Quicksilver – Ameno" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  13. ^ "DJ Quicksilver – Ameno" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  14. ^ "DJ Quicksilver – Ameno" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts.
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – DJ Quicksilver" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  16. ^ "DJ Quicksilver – Ameno" Canciones Top 50.
  17. ^ "DJ Quicksilver – Ameno". Swiss Singles Chart.
  18. ^ "Vincent Niclo & Les Chœurs de l'Armée Rouge – Ameno" (in French). Ultratip.
  19. ^ "Vincent Niclo & Les Chœurs de l'Armée Rouge – Ameno" (in French). Les classement single.
  20. ^ "Ameno". Know Your Meme. Retrieved July 14, 2020.
  21. ^ Weekman, Kelsey (July 15, 2020). "Woman uncovers eerie detail about her parents' wedding: 'It was a ritual'". Yahoo! Style. Retrieved December 13, 2020.