The Sign (song)

"The Sign"
TheSign.jpg
Standard European artwork
Single by Ace of Base
from the album Happy Nation (U.S. version) and The Sign
Released
  • 29 October 1993 (Europe)
  • 21 December 1993 (US)
  • 17 January 1994 (UK)
Format
Recorded 1993
Genre
Length 3:12
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Ace of Base singles chronology
"Waiting for Magic"
(1993)
"The Sign"
(1993)
"Don't Turn Around"
(1994)
"Waiting for Magic"
(1993)
"The Sign"
(1993)
"Don't Turn Around"
(1994)
Music video
"The Sign" on YouTube

"The Sign" is a song by the Swedish band Ace of Base, which was released on 29 October 1993 in Europe. It was an international hit, reaching number two in the United Kingdom and spending six non-consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. More prominently, it became the top song on Billboard's 1994 Year End Chart. It appeared on the band's album Happy Nation (titled The Sign in North America).

The song was the No. 1 song of 1994 according to Billboard magazine's year-end charts. The song was ranked at number 60 on The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs for the first 50 years of the Hot 100 chart[1] and received a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Group or Duo at the 1995 Grammy Awards.[2]

The song was heavily featured in the fifth season finale of American Dad!, "Great Space Roaster". The song has also been covered in the TV series Full House, in which fictional band "Girl Talk", led by character Stephanie Tanner, mess up the song during the performance. Girl Talk performed the song again in Fuller House. The song is also played in the South Park episode "Prehistoric Ice Man," the 2012 comedy Pitch Perfect and in the pilot of Hindsight. In 2016, it was covered in a commercial for Uncle Ben's rice.

Composition[]

"The Sign" is performed in the key of G major for the verses and chorus but in G minor for the intro and instrumental breaks. The song follows a tempo of 97 beats per minute in common time. The group's vocals span from A3 to E5.[3][4]

Music video[]

The music video of the song features the pop group singing amidst romantic and joyful images; "The Sign" was depicted as a computer generated ankh (also known as key of life) and a djed (ancient Egyptian symbol representing stability). The music video is directed by Mathias Julien.

Amid the images is a little story of a man and woman sitting side by side until the man leaves, seemingly abandoning the woman. However, he comes back with a rose and offers it to the woman. The woman graciously accepts and takes his hand. However, a bright light shines in the woman's face, drawing her away, abandoning the man and dropping the rose on the chair.

The video was released in five different s throughout various territories. In the US, the original of the video was later re-ed, changing some of the shots with Jenny in the foreground from black and white to color. Other versions show more shots of the group singing with their backs in a circle, as well as more shots of Linn singing her parts in her solo black and white take.

Track listings[]

CD single – Australia

  1. "The Sign" – 3:11
  2. "The Sign" (Long Version) – 4:43

CD single – Germany

  1. "The Sign" (The Remix) – 5:40
  2. "The Sign" (Ultimix) – 6:49
  3. "The Sign" (Dub Version) – 5:10

CD single – Japan

  1. "The Sign" – 3:11
  2. "Young And Proud" – 3:56

CD single – UK

  1. "The Sign" – 3:11
  2. "The Sign" (Long Version) – 4:43
  3. "The Sign" (Dub Version) – 5:10

CD single – U.S.

  1. "The Sign" (Ultimix) – 6:49
  2. "The Sign" – 3:11
  3. "Young And Proud" – 3:56
  4. "Happy Nation" (12" Version) – 6:40

CD maxi – France

  1. "The Sign" (Radio Edit) – 3:09
  2. "The Sign" (Long Version) – 4:43
  3. "The Sign" (Dub Version) – 5:10

7" single – France

  1. "The Sign" (Radio Edit) – 3:09
  2. "The Sign" (Long Version) – 4:43

Official versions[]

On several of the band's compilation albums, an error occurred with "The Sign", cutting one second from the beginning.

Personnel[]

Charts and sales[]

Chart successions[]

Preceded by
"The Power of Love" by Celine Dion
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
12 March 1994 – 2 April 1994 (4 weeks)
7 May 1994 – 14 May 1994 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Bump n' Grind" by R. Kelly
"I Swear" by All-4-One
Australia ARIA Singles Chart
number-one single

30 April 1994 – 21 May 1994
Succeeded by
"The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" by Prince
Preceded by
"Mr. Jones" by Counting Crows
Canadian RPM number-one single
21 March 1994 – 18 April 1994 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Love Sneakin' Up On You" by Bonnie Raitt
Preceded by
"Another Night" by M.C. Sar & The Real McCoy
Canadian RPM Dance chart number-one single
11 April 1994 – 18 April 1994 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"What's Up" by Minnesota
Preceded by
"Gangsta Lean" by DRS
"Can't Get Enough" by Supergroove
New Zealand RIANZ number-one single
24 April 1994 – 15 May 1994 (4 weeks)
29 May 1994 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Can't Get Enough" by Supergroove
"The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" by Prince

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