|Format(s)|| Vinyl record (12"),|
compact cassette, CD single
|Writer(s)|| Spice Girls|
- For the song, please see Say You'll Be There (song).
The release dates for Japan was 26 September 1996, United Kingdom was 14 October 1996, Australia was 6 January 1997 and United States was 6 May 1997.
The Spice Girls performed the song live at the following events:
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- Main Article: Say You'll Be There (music video)
The music video of Say you'll Be There was first shown in 1996.
The song received mixed reviews, some critics praised Say You'll Be There as a catchy song, others dubbed it as merely a bid for credibility.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic gave a positive review: Erlewine in a review of their debut album Spice, said about the song that "what is surprising is how the sultry soul of 'Say You'll Be There' is more than just a guilty pleasure".
Ken Tucker from Entertainment Weekly gave a negative review: Tucker called the song "a bid for street cred".
David Browne also from Entertainment Weekly gave a negative review: Browne wrote about the confusing lyrics saying "modern relationships are confusing, wait until you spend time with the Spice Girls 'Say You'll Be There'. Let's see: She wants to be friends, he wants more, and yet she croons, 'I'm giving you everything/All that joy can bring'? She's as confused as I am", adding "better to revel in the delectably frothy girl-group melody".
Ben Thompson from Amazon.com gave a positive review: Thompson referred to the song as "both catchy and sexy" and that it "is easily the greatest song on the album equaling the work of any pop artist of the last 20 years, including more respected ones like Madonna".
Sputnikmusic gave a mixed review: "continues the demanding bitch tendency of "Wannabe" adding "once again, there's a profoundly annoying synthesizer riff, and the whole song is as beyond redemption as it is catchy. It still tops Wannabe, though. But then again, what doesn't?"
Australia In Australia, the single debuted on 26 January 1997 at number twenty-three, and peaked at number twelve thirteen weeks later, remaining on the chart for over five months and was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).
Canada Say You'll Be There debuted in Canada on 3 March 1997 at number ninety, reaching its peak at number five in its twelfth week. It ended at the thirty-five position on the year-end chart.
Finland In Finland it was their second number-one single, debuting at the sixth position reaching the top spot the next week, and staying in the chart for six weeks.
France In France the single debuted on 11 November 1996 at number forty-five, the next week it jumped to the fourth position, reaching a peak position of two for three consecutive weeks, and remaining on the chart for eighteen weeks.
New Zealand In New Zealand it debuted on 10 November 1996 at number two, being blocked off the number-one spot by Wannabe, staying ten weeks in the top ten and twenty-three weeks in total.
Norway In Norway the single debuted at number four, when Wannabe still was in the top three, it peaked at number two, and remained fourteen weeks on the chart.
UK The song was initially released in the United Kingdom on 14 October 1996 once the popularity of Wannabe began to fade. It entered the charts at number one replacing Boyzone's cover of Words, the group's first single to debut at the top position, staying at the top for two weeks, twelve weeks in the Top 40, seventeen weeks inside the Top 75; and received a platinum certification by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). It sold 349,000 copies in its first week, 940,833 copies in total, and became the fourth biggest-seller of 1996.
US The single was released on 6 May 1997 in the United States, at the time the song set a record on the Billboard Hot 100, the main U.S. chart, when it debuted at number five on 24 May 1997, the highest-entry by a non-North American act. "Say You'll Be There" reached number six on the Hot 100 Airplay and four on the Hot Singles Sales, peaking at number three on the Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks. It ended at number twenty-eight at the 1997 year-end chart.
Europe The song also proved successful across Continental Europe, where it reached number one in the Euro Hot 100 and the top ten throughout.
Awards and honoursEdit
It was released in October 1996 as the album's second single in Europe, and became the group's second number-one single in the United Kingdom where it was certified platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). It was also popular across Europe where it reached the top ten in most of the charts. As a result of its popularity, the song was released in 1997 in Australia, where it received a gold certification by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA); and in Canada and the United States, entering the top five on both charts. It received positive reactions from critics and was nominated for numerous awards including the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, and the 1997 BRIT Awards.
Charts, peaks and certificationsEdit
Formats and track listingsEdit
These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of Say You'll Be There.