Bom Bom

For the 1976 single "Bom Bom", see Jimmy Castor.
"Bom Bom"
Single by Sam and the Womp
Released 19 August 2012
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre Dance
Length 2:54
Label Stiff Records
Writer(s) Bloem de Ligny, Aaron Horn, Samuel Ritchie, Raz Olsher[1]
Sam and the Womp singles chronology
"Bom Bom"

"Bom Bom" is a song by British-Dutch three-piece music group Sam and the Womp. The track was first released in the United Kingdom on 19 August 2012.[2] For the chart week dated 1 September, "Bom Bom" debuted at number-one on the UK Singles Chart with 107,461 copies sold in its first week.[3]

"Bom Bom" was produced by music producer and film composer Raz Olsher at Fossil Studios in Hackney, London. The song is written in the key of F minor.[4]

Music video

A music video to accompany the release of "Bom Bom" was first released onto YouTube on 3 August 2012 at a total length of two minutes and 56 seconds.[5]


Critical reception

Lewis Corner of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review, stating:

Lady Oo sing-speaks over an earworm hook of electronic reverb and bouncy brass that's as bonkers as it is addictive. While parts of the track may sound like Basil Brush attempting his best Björk impression at the staff BBQ, it results in a bizarrely catchy tune that we'll all pretend isn't on our iPods for years to come. [6]

Chart performance

In the chart week dated 1 September, "Bom Bom" debuted at number-one on the UK Singles Chart with 107,461 copies sold in its first week.[3] For that same charting week, the track also debuted at number-one on the dance chart and Scottish Singles Chart. The song sold 372,000 copies as of December 2012 by the end of 2012 making it the 42nd best-selling single of the year.[7]

Usage in media

In the United States, the song was featured in the CBS television series Elementary where it was used in an opening scene from the episode "The Deductionist" in 2013. It also appears in the 2013 animated film Escape from Planet Earth. In addition, it was featured in the official soundtrack of the 2012 Xbox 360 game Forza Horizon, and was used in promotional material for the MTV series Geordie Shore. In 2013, it featured in TV commercials for Kmart Australia. In Canada, the song has been used in a series of TV commercials for the Joe Fresh line of clothing. It is also featured in The Sims 3: Island Paradise and is sung in Simlish. It is also featured in the first trailer of Free Birds.

Track listing

Digital download[2]
No. Title Length
1. "Bom Bom" (radio edit) 2:54
2. "Bom Bom" (Wookie Remix - Radio Edit) 2:53
3. "Bom Bom" (Wookie Remix) 4:42
4. "Bom Bom" (Pirupa Remix) 7:11
5. "Bom Bom" (instrumental) 2:53


Weekly charts

Chart (2012) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[8] 4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[9] 19
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[10] 43
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 51
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[11] 10
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[12] 14
Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 38
Ireland (IRMA)[14] 6
Israel (Media Forest)[15] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 44
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[17] 84
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[18] 1
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[19] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[3] 1
US Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs 21

Year-end charts

Chart (2012) Peak
UK Singles Chart[20] 42

Release history

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 19 August 2012[2] Digital download Stiff Records
United States 13 November 2012 Radio airplay Warner Bros. Records


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  2. 1 2 3 "Sam and the Womp – 'Bom Bom' – Remixes EP". iTunes (UK). Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  3. 1 2 3 "Archive Chart: 2012-09-01" UK Singles Chart.
  5. Sam and the Womp – Bom Bom (Official Video). YouTube
  6. Lewis Corner. "Sam and the Womp: 'Bom Bom' – Single review". Digital Spy.
  7. Dan Lane (2012-12-21). "Official Charts Advent Calendar 2012: Day 21". The Official Chart Company. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
  8. " – Sam and the Womp – Bom Bom". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  9. " – Sam and the Womp – Bom Bom" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  10. " – Sam and the Womp – Bom Bom" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  11. "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201235 into search.
  12. "Sam and the Womp: Bom Bom" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  13. " – Sam and the Womp Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  14. "Chart Track: Week 35, 2012". Irish Singles Chart.
  15. "Sam and the Womp – Bom Bom Media Forest". Israeli Airplay Chart. Media Forest.
  16. " – Sam and the Womp – Bom Bom" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  17. "Official Romania chart". Archived from the original on 26 April 2013. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  18. "Archive Chart: 2012-09-01". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  19. "Archive Chart: 2012-10-01" UK Dance Chart.
  20. "Top 100 Singles of 2012". BBC Radio 1. BBC Online. 31 December 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
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