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Sandstorm (Darude composition)

Single by Darude
from the album Before the Storm
B-side Remixes
Released 14 November 1999
Recorded 1999 at JS16 Studios (Finland)
Genre Trance
Length 7:26 (Original mix)
3:45 (Radio edit)
Writer(s) Ville Virtanen
Producer(s) JS16
Darude singles chronology
"Feel the Beat"
Music sample

"Sandstorm" is a musical composition by Finnish DJ Darude, released as the lead single from his debut studio album Before the Storm. It was initially released in Finland on 15 November 1999 by 16 Inch Records and it was eventually re-released in many other countries in 2000. The song was uploaded to where it gained global recognition. It has also gained recognition for its usage in sports and popularity in internet meme culture. The song currently has over 26.7 million views on YouTube as of 17 October 2015. On 1 March 2010, over ten years after its original release, "Sandstorm" was certified Gold in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of over 500,000 copies.[1]


  • Background 1
  • Composition 2
  • Music video 3
  • Usage in media 4
    • In film and television 4.1
    • In sports 4.2
    • Internet phenomenon 4.3
  • Track listing 5
  • Charts and certifications 6
    • Chart performance 6.1
    • Charts 6.2
    • Certifications 6.3
  • References 7
    • Bibliography 7.1
  • External links 8


Darude first started making happy hardcore with a music tracker program on his computer, playing gigs as "Rudeboy".[2] He then performed with Wille "Weirdness" Heikkilä as "Position 1", making light Eurodance tunes, and he paired with other DJs on other projects. In September–October 1999[2] as Darude he began collaborating with Jaakko "JS16" Salovaara, known as the producer of the Bomfunk MC's.[3] "Sandstorm" was the first product of the collaboration, ready after about a week of work. JS16 signed Darude as the first artist on JS16's new label 16 Inch Records.[2]

Darude had been uploading various pieces of his trance experimentation on the website, where he was building a following, and he also uploaded the full-length demo of "Sandstorm". This exposure was responsible for worldwide interest in "Sandstorm".[4] In 2000, Darude reported on his artist's page that he had "removed the full-length tracks" of "Sandstorm" at the request of his record company.[5]


"Sandstorm" in an instrumental

External links

  • Burcher, Nick (2012). Paid, Owned, Earned: Maximising Marketing Returns in a Socially Connected World. Kogan Page Publishers.  


  1. ^ a b "American single certifications – Darude – Sandstorm".   If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  2. ^ a b c Niemelä, Antti. Darude interview at the Wayback Machine (archived 10 January 2001). Findance.
  3. ^ a b Darude – Discography at the Wayback Machine (archived 6 March 2001). Findance.
  4. ^ a b c Burcher 2012, pp. 146–7.
  5. ^ Darude at the Wayback Machine (archived 11 May 2000).
  6. ^ Sirén, Vesa (8 February 2003). "Finland's biggest foreign hits are composed by...".  
  7. ^ "Sandstorm Lyrics".  
  8. ^ "I am Darude. AMA! (self.Music)".  
  9. ^ "Sandstorm" on YouTube
  10. ^ "Darude - Sandstorm" on YouTube
  11. ^ Season 1 at the Wayback Machine (archived 25 June 2003).
  12. ^ "Tatu & Eeka - Sandström" on YouTube
  13. ^ Kendall, Josh (2013). 100 Things South Carolina Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. Triumph Books. p. 101.  
  14. ^ Kearns, Taylor (30 November 2010). "USC students, fans make "Sandstorm" their unofficial anthem".  
  15. ^ (Japanese) Profile at the Wayback Machine (archived 11 February 2007). Dramatic Dream Team.
  16. ^ Higgins, Chris (2 April 2015). "Darude on making the only song in eSports".  
  17. ^ Baroni, Nastassia (2 April 2015). "YouTube Are Pulling An Amazing April Fools Gag With Help From Darude". Music Feeds. Retrieved 24 October 2015. 
  18. ^ Hooton, Christopher (1 April 2015). "YouTube adds a 'Darude Sandstorm' button to all videos".  
  19. ^ a b " – Darude – Sandstorm". VG-lista. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  20. ^ " – Darude – Sandstorm". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  21. ^ " – Darude – Sandstorm" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  22. ^ " – Darude – Sandstorm" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  23. ^ " – Darude – Sandstorm" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  24. ^ a b c d e f "Darude – Awards".  
  25. ^ "Hits of the World".  .
  26. ^ "Darude: Sandstorm" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  27. ^ " – Darude – Sandstorm" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  28. ^ " – Darude – Sandstorm". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  29. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Sandstorm". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  30. ^ " – Darude – Sandstorm". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  31. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Darude - Sandstorm search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  32. ^ " – Darude – Sandstorm" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  33. ^ " – Darude – Sandstorm / Feel The Beat". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  34. ^ " – Darude – Sandstorm" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  35. ^ " – Darude – Sandstorm". Singles Top 60. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  36. ^ " – Darude – Sandstorm". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  37. ^ "Archive Chart: 2000-06-18" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  38. ^ "Archive Chart: 2000-04-09" UK Dance Chart. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  39. ^ "Archive Chart: 2000-06-18" UK Indie Chart. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  40. ^ a b "Darude" (in Finnish).  
  41. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Darude; 'Sandstorm')" (in German).  
  42. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2000" (PDF) (in Swedish).  
  43. ^ "British single certifications – Darude – Sandstorm".   Enter Sandstorm in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search


Preceded by
"It Feels So Good" by Sonique
Norwegian number-one single
27 July 2000 – 31 August 2000 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Music" by Madonna

Soon after release, "Sandstorm" became popular on pop radio stations, reaching No. 1 in Norway.[19] Its sales worldwide eventually reached 2 million, and it was featured on 200 compilations.[4]

Chart performance

Charts and certifications

  1. "Sandstorm" (Radio Edit) – 3:49
  2. "Sandstorm" (Extended) – 7:26
  3. "Sandstorm" (Ariel's Remix) – 8:09
  4. "Sandstorm" (Terpsichord Remix) – 7:01
  5. "Sandstorm" (DJ Ray Aka Tom Hafman Remix) – 7:13
  6. "Sandstorm" (Superchumbo's Sandy Storm) – 8:38
  7. "Sandstorm" (Jan Driver Remix) – 6:16
  8. "Sandstorm" (Talla's Super Club Mix) – 8:20
  9. "Sandstorm" (Talla's Club Club Mix) - 6:54
  10. "Sandstorm" (Dallas Superstarts Remix) – 8:24
  11. "Sandstorm" (Komytea Radio Remix) – 3:54
  12. "Sandstorm" (Komytea Remix) – 7:40
  13. "Sandstorm" (Didrick Remix) – 3:40
  • Sandstorm (The Remixes) – EP (iTunes Download, different versions in different territories)
  1. "Sandstorm" (Radio Edit) – 3:46
  2. "Sandstorm" (Original Mix) – 7:26
  3. "Sandstorm" (JS16 Remix) – 7:21
  • CD single

Track listing

As an April Fools' Day joke on 1 April 2015, YouTube displayed the message "Did you mean: Darude – Sandstorm by Darude" for all video search queries involving music, in addition to adding a button which played the tune during a video.[17][18]

The popularity of the song as background music for those who stream their video gaming on the platform led to a meme that any question asking for the name of a song was replied to with the comment "Darude — Sandstorm."[16]

Internet phenomenon

Professional wrestler Toru Owashi,[15] mixed martial artist Wanderlei Silva, and Boston Red Sox pitcher Koji Uehara use "Sandstorm" as entrance music. It was also played at the 2006 Winter Olympics, and during the Ice Hockey World Championships. Nike used the composition in an advertisement series featuring the basketball opponents Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.[4] The song was also used as the theme for the finals parade at the 2011 British Judo Championships (Pre Cadet and Cadet) held in Sheffield, England. Cambridge United FC use Sandstorm as the music that plays when the teams come out onto the field of play before the match begins.

In 2009, "Sandstorm" was played for the first time at the University of South Carolina's Williams-Brice Stadium during a Gamecocks football game. While it was actually played by accident during the waning minutes of the Gamecocks' victory over Ole Miss, it has become a rallying anthem for South Carolina fans.[13][14]

In sports

"Sandstorm" appeared on the pilot episode of popular Showtime series Queer as Folk, which first aired on December 3, 2000.[11] The song has appeared in the comedy movie (2005 remake) Fun with Dick and Jane, as well as in the 2013 drama film Filth. Still in 2013, it also appeared in Under the Skin (in the discothèque scene). On a Finnish TV-show called "Far Out" two contestants named Tatu and Eeka travelled to Budapest where their assignment was to play music with gypsies. They ended up with making their own version of Sandstorm called "Sandström" together with two Hungarian musicians.[12]

In film and television

Usage in media

The video for "Sandstorm" features Darude with headphones viewing two security guards (a man and a woman) chasing a woman with a case. It was filmed at Helsinki Senate Square. Darude seems to appear at every place the pursuers and the pursued go. Near the end, the woman with the case stumbles and one of her pursuers (the other woman) betrays her partner, knocking him out. The two women take the case onto a boat with Darude. An unofficially-uploaded version of the music video was uploaded on YouTube on 5 March 2006 and has garnered over 44 million views,[9] while the officially-uploaded version on Darude's channel has garnered over 12 million views.[10]

Music video


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