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Jungle Drum (song)

"Jungle Drum"
B-side "Me and Armini"
Released March 09, 2009
(see Release history)
Format Digital download,
CD single (only in Germany)[1]
Genre Indie pop
Length 2:14
Label Rough Trade
Writer(s) Emilíana Torrini,
Dan Carey
Producer Dan Carey
Emilíana Torrini singles chronology

"Big Jumps"
"Jungle Drum"
"Me and Armini" EP

Me and Armini track listing
"Big Jumps"
"Jungle Drum"
"Hold Heart"

"Jungle Drum" is the third single released from Emilíana Torrini's third album Me and Armini. It was released as a digital download on March 9, 2009[2] and later on June 19, 2009[3][4] as a CD single (in Germany only).[1]

The song's title is often mistakenly mentioned as "Jungle Drums"[5][6][7]


Digital download


  1. "Jungle Drum" — 2:13

German CD single


  1. "Jungle Drum" — 2:13
  2. "Me and Armini" — 4:17

Critical reception

Critics received the song very warmly; Popmatters' reviewer Spencer Tricker called "Jungle Drum" the "catchiest tune" on the album (alongside "Big Jumps"), "every bit as good as the singles from Fisherman's Woman".[7] He also praised the song for boasting "an irresistible chorus that features some totally unexpected scatting".[7] Matthew Allard from ARTISTdirect stated the song "should be an iPhone ad".[8] Clickmusic reviewer Francis Jolley called the song "a sprightly, fun little gem, reminiscent of Nancy Sinatra in her heyday" and "infectious Scandinavian pop".[9] Both Popmatters and Clickmusic reviews praised the song's rhythm section calling it impossible "to not foot tap along" to.[7][9]

Appearances in media

The song was featured in the episode 11 of 90210 's first season and in the episode "Dream a Little Dream of Me" of the television series Grey's Anatomy, when Cristina gets stabbed by an icicle and falls in love with Major Hunt.

In 2009 it also appeared in the Germany's Next Topmodel TV show.[10] Thus, the song became very popular in German-speaking countries.[10][11]

In the Finnish version of Pop Idol the song was performed by Anna Puu.

In 2010 the track was used as a theme song in a video made for the Government of Iceland's official campaign "Inspired by Iceland" to lure tourists to visit Iceland.[12]

The chorus was used for the adverts for the second series of the CBBC show Deadly 60.


  • In 2009, the song had been covered by German band The Baseballs and is featured on their cover album Strike! Back!.
  • In 2009, Austrian hip hop artist Chakuza sampled the song on his free track "Jungle Drum Mix".

Chart performance

The song debuted on the German Singles Chart at number 12 and peaked at number one on its fourth week, where it stayed for eight consecutive weeks. It stayed on that chart for a total of 35 weeks.[13] The song also reached number one in Austria, Belgium and Iceland. The song also charted at number 84 in the Australian ARIA Singles Charts.


Chart (2009)[14] Peak
Austrian Singles Chart 1
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 84
Belgium (Flanders) Singles Chart 1
Belgium (Wallonia) Singles Chart 45
Czech Republic Singles Chart[15] 37
Dutch Mega Top 100 57
European Hot 100[16] 5
Finnish Singles Chart 5
German Singles Chart 1
Icelandic Singles Chart 1
Israeli Airplay Chart[17] 7
Swiss Singles Chart 11
End of year chart (2009) Position
German Singles Chart 2
Swiss Singles Chart[18] 40

Decade-end charts

(2000–2009) Position
German Singles Chart[19] 25


Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
"Poker Face" by Lady Gaga
German Singles Chart number-one single
July 03, 2009 — August 27, 2009
Succeeded by
"If a Song Could Get Me You" by Marit Larsen
Preceded by
"Primavera in anticipo (It Is My Song)" by Laura Pausini feat. James Blunt
Austrian Singles Chart number-one single
July 03, 2009 — August 20, 2009
Succeeded by
"I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas

Release history

State Date Format
Worldwide March 9, 2009[2] digital download
Germany[1] June 19, 2009[4] CD single


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