"Scatman's World" is a song by American artist Scatman John. It was released in June 1995 the second single from thealbum of the same name and the follow-up to the international hit "Scatman (Ski Ba Bop Ba Dop Bop)". The song entered at number fourteen of its first week in the UK Singles chart, and then peaked at number ten. Around the world the single held its own and sold well removing any fans' doubts of Larkin being a one-hit-wonder.

The song uses the same chord progression as Pachelbel's Canon.


 [hide*1 Music video

Music video[edit]Edit

The footage in the music video accompanies Scatman who stands in front of many backgrounds in different locations (through green screen) as he sings about the problems of the world, and invites the viewer to join him in his fantasy world called Scatland. The song expresses hope and satirises the meaningless divide in the modern world between cultures and race.

Track listings[edit]Edit

CD1 Europe[edit]Edit

  1. "Scatman's World" [single mix] — 3:40n
  2. "Scatman's World" [club mix] — 5:54
  3. "Scatman's World" [house mix] — 5:30
  4. "Time (Take Your Time)" — 3:41

CD2 Europe [Remixes][edit]Edit

  1. "Scatman's World (Dance Remix)" — 5:57
    • Remixed By: Ltd. Express
  2. "Scatman's World (DJ Hooligan's Underworld Remix) — 6:34
    • Remixed By: DJ Hooligan
  3. "Scatman's World (Rave Remix)" — 7:10
  4. "Scatman's World (House-Dub Remix)" — 5:28
  5. "Scatman's World (Divas 70's Mix)" — 5:49
    • Remixed By: Lutz Markwirth & Q-Swap
  6. "Scatman's World (80's Mix)" — 6:06
    • Remixed By: Q-Swap

CD3 Japan[edit]Edit

  1. "Scatman's World (Single Mix)" — 3:40
  2. "Scatman's World (Club Mix) — 5:54
  3. "Scatman's World (House Mix)" — 5:30
  4. "Scatman's World (80's Mix)" — 6:08
    • Remixed By: Q-Swap
  5. "Scatman's Special Message for Japan Only" — 0:47

Charts and sales[edit]Edit

Peak positions[edit]Edit

Chart (1995) Peak


Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[1] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[1] 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[1] 1
Canada Dance (RPM)[2] 21
Denmark (Tracklisten)[3] 6
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[4] 1
France (SNEP)[1] 1
Germany (Media Control Charts)[5] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 7
Italy (FIMI)[7] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[1] 4
Spain (AFYVE)[9] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[1] 10
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[1] 3
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[10] 10

Year-end charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1995) Position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11] 22
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12] 12
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[13] 5
France (SNEP)[14] 8
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 31
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 16


Country Certification Date Sales certified
Austria[16] Gold April 13, 1995 15,000
France[17] Gold November 16, 1995 250,000
Germany[18] Platinum 1995 500,000
Switzerland[19] Gold 1995 15,000

Chart successions[edit]Edit

Preceded by

"Wish You Were Here" by Rednex

German number-one single

August 11, 1995 - August 25, 1995 (3 weeks)

Succeeded by

"Boom Boom Boom" by The Outhere Brothers

Preceded by

"Conquest of Paradise" by Vangelis

Belgian (Flanders) number-one single

August 19, 1995 - September 23, 1995 (6 weeks)

Succeeded by

"I Wanna Be a Hippy" by Technohead

Preceded by

"Pour que tu m'aimes encore" by Céline Dion

Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single

August 26, 1995 - October 21, 1995 (9 weeks)

Succeeded by

"You Are Not Alone" by Michael Jackson

Preceded by

"Shy Guy" by Diana King

Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single

August 26, 1995 - September 9, 1995 (3 weeks)

Succeeded by

"You Are Not Alone" by Michael Jackson

Preceded by

"Yeha-Noha" by Indians Sacred Spirit

French SNEP number-one single

September 16, 1995 (1 week)

Succeeded by

"XXL" by Mylène Farmer

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