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"Holiday" is a song by English rapper Dizzee Rascal, released as the third single from his fourth studio album, Tongue n' Cheek. It was produced by Calvin Harris, with chorus vocals by R&B singer Chrome. Harris originally wrote the song for girl group, The Saturdays, but it was rejected.[1] The song was released digitally on 23 August 2009, with a physical copy that followed on 31 August 2009.[2] The single debuted in the UK at number-one upon initial release, bringing Dizzee's total of number-one singles to three (four including charity singles), as well as marking the fourth top ten hit and twelfth top forty hit from the rapper.

Holiday cover.jpg
Single by Dizzee Rascal featuring Chrome
from the album Tongue n' Cheek
Released23 August 2009
RecordedApril 2009
GenreHip house
LabelDirtee Stank
Producer(s)Calvin Harris
Dizzee Rascal singles chronology
"Dirtee Cash"

Critical receptionEdit

Vicki of BBC Chart Blog gave the song a positive review stating:

"'Holiday' is a totally cheesy but totally harmless, fun song. It's designed to give people that are on holiday a great excuse to dance madly and us folks back home in Britain who need that holiday an even greater one. This song hasn't got the explosive feel that 'Bonkers' has and thus it doesn't have the same sense of longevity, but what it does have is a very now feel (not least because this song wouldn't have worked so well in November...)

Looking out the window now as I reach the end of this review, I'm amazed to see it has stopped raining and that the sun is trying to peep through the clouds. But then, maybe I shouldn't be that surprised – after all, this has officially been Dizzee's summer and this song is a little ray of sunshine." The song was awarded a 4 star.[3]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Holiday" (Radio Edit) – 3:41
  2. "Holiday" (Extended Mix) – 6:02
  3. "Holiday" (R'n'B Mix) – 3:25
  4. "Live, Large N' In Charge" – 3:51
  1. "Holiday" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Holiday" (R'n'B Mix)
  3. "Live, Large N' In Charge"
  4. "Holiday" (Acappella)
  5. "Holiday" (Instrumental)
  • iTunes Australian single[6]
  1. "Holiday" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Holiday" (Extended Mix)
  3. "Live Large 'N' In Charge"
  • iTunes UK EP[7]
  1. "Holiday" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Holiday" (Extended Mix)
  3. "Holiday" (R'n'B Mix)
  4. "Live Large 'N' In Charge"
  5. "Holiday" (Music Video)

Credits and personnelEdit



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Platinum 600,000 

 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom[18] 23 August 2009 Digital download Dirtee Stank
Australia 28 August 2009 Liberation
United Kingdom 31 August 2009 CD single Dirtee Stank


  1. ^ "Calvin Harris: How the non-dancing, foul-mouthed, anti-social Scot became the 'Caledonian Justin Timberlake'". The Independent. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  2. ^ Thompson, Ben (7 August 2009). "Dizzee heights for Dizzee Rascal". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 24 August 2009.
  3. ^ Vicki (25 August 2009). "Dizzee Rascal - 'Holiday'". BBC. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Dizzee Rascal - Holiday". Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  5. ^ "Dizzee Rascal - Holiday". Retrieved 29 December 2009.
  6. ^ "Dizzee Rascal: Holiday". Apple Inc. iTunes Store (Australia). Retrieved 25 August 2009.
  7. ^ "Dizzee Rascal: Holiday - EP". Apple Inc. iTunes Store (United Kingdom). Retrieved 2 September 2009.
  8. ^ "Doctor Who Prequel: Pond Life part 1". BBC. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
  9. ^ " – Dizzee Rascal – Holiday". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  10. ^ " – Dizzee Rascal – Holiday" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  11. ^ " – Dizzee Rascal – Holiday" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  12. ^ " – Dizzee Rascal Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  13. ^ "Chart Track: Week 35, 2009". Irish Singles Chart.
  14. ^ " – Dizzee Rascal – Holiday". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  16. ^ "Charts Plus Year end 2009" (PDF). Charts Plus. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
  17. ^ "British single certifications – Dizzee Rascal – Holiday". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 8 February 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Holiday in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  18. ^ Dizzee Rascal ft. Chrome - Holiday, single. iTunes.

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