Superhero (Daze song)

"Superhero" is a 1997 single by Danish Eurodance band Daze from their album, Super Heroes. It was a big hit in Scandinavia and peaked at number 2 in Denmark, Finland and Norway. The single became one of the fastest selling singles of 1997 in Denmark and has sold both Gold and Platinum all over Scandinavia.

"Superhero"
Superhero (Daze song).jpg
Single by Daze
from the album Super Heroes
B-side"Remix"
Released1997
GenreEurodance
Length3:22
Songwriter(s)
  • J. Tonnov
  • L. Sieber
Producer(s)
  • Johnny Jam
  • Delgado
Daze singles chronology
"Superhero"
(1997)
"Together Forever (The Cyber Pet Song)"
(1998)
Music video
"Superhero" on YouTube

Critical receptionEdit

AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted that "Superhero", compared to Aqua's "Barbie Girl" was "quite similar to that slice of relentlessly catchy and danceable Europop".[1] Larry Flick from Billboard wrote about the song, "Is there still a little steam left in the Euro-NRG movement? When the material is as giddy and catchy as this, you bet. This exuberant trio—fronted by the chirpy Bix and helmed by the producers behind Aqua—speeds through a rave-ish groove and a sea of cotton-candy synths. Bix is not an extraordinary vocalist, but she's several notches above her European contemporaries, vamping with notable dexterity and confidence. The hook is sticky good fun and perfect car-radio fodder. Expect it to be blasting from rhythm-crossover and top 40 stations well into the early summer season."[2] Gerald Martinez from New Straits Times described it as a "bouncy and catchy dance tune" in his review of Super Heroes.[3]

Chart performanceEdit

"Superhero" was very successful on the charts especially in Scandinavia, where it reached number 2 in Denmark, Finland and Norway. The song was also a Top 20 hit in Sweden and a Top 30 hit in the Netherlands. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at number 76 in its first week at the UK Singles Chart, on May 17, 1998.[4] On the Eurochart Hot 100, it reached its highest chart position as number 91 in October 1997. Outside Europe, "Superhero" charted in both New Zealand and the United States, peaking at number 42 and 88.

Music videoEdit

There were made two different music videos for the song. The second version was uploaded to YouTube in February 2018. By September 2020, it had more than 3 million views.[5]

Track listingEdit

CD single, Denmark (1997)
No.TitleLength
1."Superhero" (Albumversion)3:45
2."Superhero" (Albumversion Xtended)5:05
CD single, UK & Europe (1998)
No.TitleLength
1."Superhero" (Album Version)3:25
2."Superhero" (Rated PG Club Mix - Radio Edit)4:02
3."Superhero" (Rated PG Club Mix)7:47
4."Superhero" (Rated PG Dubstrumental)7:48
5."Superhero" (Album Version Extended)5:09
6."Superhero" (Superhero Club Extra)6:181
CD maxi, Scandinavia (1997)
No.TitleLength
1."Superhero" (Albumversion)3:45
2."Superhero" (Albumversion Xtended)5:05
3."Superhero" (Super Hero Club Mix)4:30
4."Superhero" (Super Hero Club Xtra)6:15

ChartsEdit

CoversEdit

Russian metal cover project Even Blurry Videos released their version of the song on YouTube in January 2019.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Daze - Super Heroes". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-02-18.
  2. ^ "Billboard: NEW & NOTEWORTHY" (PDF). Billboard. 1998-05-09. p. 31. Retrieved 2018-01-26.
  3. ^ "Raitt — competent but no spark". New Straits Times. 1998-05-17. Retrieved 2020-03-15.
  4. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 17 May 1998 - 23 May 1998". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2020-09-17.
  5. ^ "Daze - Superhero". YouTube. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  6. ^ "Top 10 Denmark" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  7. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Daze" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 2018-04-04.
  9. ^ "Daze – Superhero". Top 40 Singles.
  10. ^ "Årslista Singlar – År 1997" (in Swedish). Hitlistan. Archived from the original on 2015-02-08. Retrieved 2019-11-22.