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GOTYE FEAT. KIMBRA - SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW (SONG)
Label:UMA
Entry:24/07/2011 (Position 27)
Last week in charts:03/03/2013 (Position 43)
Peak:1 (8 weeks)
Weeks:50
Place on best of all time:3 (1571 points)
Year:2011
Music/Lyrics:Wally De Backer
Producer:Wally De Backer
World wide:
ch  Peak: 2 / weeks: 58
de  Peak: 1 / weeks: 61
at  Peak: 1 / weeks: 37
fr  Peak: 1 / weeks: 103
nl  Peak: 1 / weeks: 71
be  Peak: 1 / weeks: 61 (Vl)
  Peak: 1 / weeks: 70 (Wa)
se  Peak: 1 / weeks: 58
fi  Peak: 1 / weeks: 26
no  Peak: 2 / weeks: 29
dk  Peak: 1 / weeks: 29
it  Peak: 1 / weeks: 14
es  Peak: 3 / weeks: 57
au  Peak: 1 / weeks: 50
nz  Peak: 1 / weeks: 57

CD-Single
Vertigo 06025 2791493 0


TRACKS
08/08/2011
Promo - CD-Single Samples 'n' Seconds / V2 VVNL22553P [be,nl]
1. Somebody That I Used To Know
4:05
   
16/12/2011
CD-Single Vertigo 06025 2791493 0 (UMG) / EAN 0602527914930
1. Somebody That I Used To Know
4:06
2. Gotye - Easy Way Out
1:57
   

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08/08/2011
4:04So Fresh: The Hits Of Spring 2011Universal
5335775
Compilation
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09/09/2011
4:07Making Mirrors [Digipack]Samples 'n' Seconds / V2
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16/09/2011
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4:05So Fresh: The Hits Of Summer 2012 + The Best Of 2011Sony
88697937832
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18/11/2011
4:05MNM Big Hits - Best Of 2011Universal
5336834
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4:04Hit Connection - Best Of 2011Universal
533.682-5
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25/11/2011
4:03Humo selecteert meer dan het beste uit 2011EMI
7299152
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25/11/2011
4:04Maximum Hit Music - Best Of 2011Sony
88697999262
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28/11/2011
4:04Hitbox - Best Of 2011Sony
88697999252
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28/11/2011
4:06Somebody That I Used To KnowVertigo
06025 2791493 0
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16/12/2011
4:05MNM Love Songs Vol. 2ARS
5337759
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03/02/2012
4:06Your Songs 2012Universal TV
5337728
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06/02/2012
4:06Bravo Hits 76Polystar
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10/02/2012
4:05Die ultimative Chartshow - Die erfolgreichsten Hits der WeltPolystar
06007 5337717
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4:04Triple J Hottest 100: Volume 19ABC
5337917
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Tiësto Remix3:45Club Life Volume Two MiamiCup Of Tea
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4:03Now That's What I Call Music! 42 [US]EMI
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533.946-7
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06007 5338959 (1)
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5053105299522
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9723802
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505310539462
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Tiësto Remix3:37More House 2012 - The Hit-Mix Part 2TBA
8021-2
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4:06Crazy In LovePolystar
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5340736
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5341018
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5341039
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5341252
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Tiësto Remix4:23Ministry Of Sound - The Annual 2013Ministry Of Sound
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3:272013 Grammy NomineesCapitol
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MUSIC DIRECTORY
GotyeGotye: Discography / Become a fan
KimbraKimbra: Discography / Become a fan
GOTYE IN AUSTRALIAN CHARTS
Singles

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Somebody That I Used To Know (Gotye feat. Kimbra)24/07/2011150
 
Albums

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Like Drawing Blood02/07/20061314
Making Mirrors04/09/2011144
SONGS BY GOTYE
A Distinctive Sound
Bronte
Coming Back
Dig Your Own Hole
Don't Worry, We'll Be Watching You
Easy Way Out
Eyes Wide Open
Giving Me A Chance
Hearts A Mess
I Feel Better
In Your Light
Just Can't Get Enough
Learnalilgivinanlovin
Like Drawing Blood
Making Mirrors
Night Drive
Puzzle With A Piece Missing
Save Me
Seven Hours With A Backseat Driver
Smoke And Mirrors
Somebody That I Used To Know (Gotye feat. Kimbra)
State Of The Art
Thanks For Your Time
The Only Thing I Know
The Only Way
What Do You Want
Worn Out Blues
ALBUMS BY GOTYE
Boardface
Like Drawing Blood
Making Mirrors
Mixed Blood
 
KIMBRA IN AUSTRALIAN CHARTS
Singles

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Somebody That I Used To Know (Gotye feat. Kimbra)24/07/2011150
 
Albums

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Vows18/09/2011439
The Golden Echo31/08/201452
SONGS BY KIMBRA
90s Music
As You Are
Call Me
Cameo Lover
Carolina
Come Into My Head
Deep For You
Everlovin' Ya (Kimbra feat. Bilal)
Goldmine
Good Intent
Home
I Look To You (Miami Horror feat. Kimbra)
Limbo
Love In High Places
Madhouse
Miracle
Nobody But You
Old Flame
Plain Gold Ring
Posse
Rescue Him
Sally I Can See You
Settle Down
Slum Love
Somebody Please
Somebody That I Used To Know (Gotye feat. Kimbra)
Something In The Way You Are
Sugar Lies
Teen Heat
The Build Up
The Magic Hour
Two Way Street
Waltz Me To The Grave
Wandering Limbs
Warrior (Kimbra feat. Mark Foster and A-Trak)
With My Hands
Withdraw
ALBUMS BY KIMBRA
The Golden Echo
Vows
 
REVIEWS
Average points: 4.69 (Reviews: 246)
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******
Love it! A brilliant work of songwriting executed masterfully. I'd never say this is better than "Hearts a Mess", but wow it comes close. One of my favourite #1 hits in a long time.
Last edited: 22/09/2011 11:07
******
I've gone through a number of differing phases with this track, but none of which involve me disliking it in any way. At first I thought it was a nice new track that serves as a decent follow-up to Eyes Wide Open, but it quickly surpassed that. However, as it so often happens with me, with its success at number one here, I got sick of it a little. Now that's subsided, I'm back into it. Starts brilliantly, and just flows so well. Kimbra's part is fantastic also. I never thought that two awesome artists such as these would produce a song that would have this much success, as well as still appealing to me. Easily one of Australia's best ever number ones and definitely one of the best tracks of the year.
Last edited: 10/12/2011 22:18
*****
Awesome song, the beginning has grown on me a little but the chorus and everything that follows is great.



Last edited: 22/09/2011 09:25
******
Such an incredible song. The quiet vocals are stunning, and the big belting vocals are just thrilling. So great!
******
A magical song, everything about it is pure brilliance. The start may come off a little slow, but it's building to something amazing, and I enjoy it in it's own right. The music is very cool and fits the mood of the track perfectly, and the vocals from both artists could not be better. They too, sing in a manner which fits the song perfectly. They really get the message and emotion across. Both start out with a beautiful quiet vocal, and as their verses progress, they deliver an outstanding performance. And then it comes to the chorus which is just fantastic on every level. Lyrically, vocally, musically, just outstanding. I just wish there was one more chorus it's that good. This song is quirky perfection. I still can't believe it reached #1. Just awesome. It has to be THE best song of 2011, and one of the best Australian songs ever.
Last edited: 18/09/2011 05:31
******
Great duo!

Edit: Awesome Song!
Last edited: 14/08/2011 13:36
******
Outstanding
*****
Wow, surprise package of 2011. great song and vocals, but quirky music though.

#1 TRIPLE J HOTTEST 100 2011
Last edited: 30/01/2012 03:20
******
Very good, but not Gotye's best.

Edit: Brilliant
Last edited: 11/08/2011 23:10
*****
This is quite a masterpiece and it must be good if it can make the transition from underground and into mainstream.
Last edited: 06/01/2012 16:33
******
This has to be one of the best songs of recent times! It has had a phenomenal chart run despite it being slow-ish and low-key. I love that this will hopefully get to #1 in the States. I also love that it is still climbing the Best Of All Time list in New Zealand. This song has an incredibly strong chorus and Kimbra complements Gotye's voice well. I really think both have a great voice, and it deserves the success it achieves.

I do fear, however, that Gotye will be a one hit wonder.
Last edited: 16/04/2012 15:01
******
When I first heard this song I doubted it but now i don't know what the hell i was thinking. It's vocally suberb - by both artists and the chorus is just awesome. I also think the song is CRYING out for one more chorus in the middle and the first verse is a little slow, a little boring but- like bluezombie said - it's building to something brilliant. 6*
Last edited: 02/10/2011 13:17
*****
There is something about this song that bothers me so I can't give it more than 3* for now.

It has finally grown on me.
Last edited: 11/12/2011 14:09
*****
Quite a cool track. Great lyrics and love Kimbra's voice. Just wish the track would pick up closer to the start.
******
Good song!!!
*****
Im with mykl, if the start was as awesome as the middle and ending was I'd give this a 6, but its still a great song. 5*
******
At first I didn't like it nor understand the hype around it, but after repeat listenings it is clear this is a strong ballad with terrific vocals and wonderful music. Both singers have great voices and carry the song well. A little slow in parts, but a great change from the crap over produced forgetable dance stuff clogging up the charts at the moment!
Last edited: 06/09/2011 19:17
****
I like the middle and ending and especially Kimbra's part but the start bores me
****
I probably will agree with Mykl as well. Very nice chorus, okay with the rest. Overall good song :)
*****
A beautiful Australian song. One of the best I've heard in a while.

A masterpiece the whole way through.

Okay, I probably got caught up in the hype of this song a while ago. Don't like it as much now as I used to. 6* -> 5*.

#9 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of Past 20 Years
Last edited: 09/06/2013 16:11
******
friggn' excellent
Last edited: 04/04/2012 09:09
*
Well they say goats can't sing, and here's the proof. This sucks, its boring, annoying, overplayed and pure crap.
****
A good track but not outstanding. Reminds me of some past Sting hits. Kimbra definitely adds to the appeal of the song. The slow, soft start is most peculiar in the sense that it is on radio a lot and I have to turn it up above the traffic noise.
******
Extraordinary song! A masterpiece in songwriting and an incredible vocal from the two artists here. One of my all-time favourite songs! An instant Aussie classic!
***
A non spectacular song that once again demonstrates how out of touch I am with modern music. I honestly don't understand the huge love for this song. It takes far too long to build, the vocals occasionally border on annoying and it seems to drag in places. Kudos for getting a none club track to the top but that doesn't make it brilliant or mindblowing. I can imagine though this song will be played for years in infant classes across Australia during xylophone lessons. I do think some idiots may have thought this was a Sting song featuring Katy Perry which led to the initial interest in it.
****
Very catchy and unique song that stands out. This is really memorable. 418,618 sold while at #1. UK#1 for 5 weeks and Ireland#1. 1.3 million copies sold in the UK.

Grammy Record of the Year: 2013.
Last edited: 16/07/2013 23:47
*****
"I think 'Somebody That I Used To Know' has some balance, because it's kind of intense, and I wanted it to be these real varied emotions" Wally De Backer: GOTYE

Ok let's do the numbers on this mamoth song

#1 Single in Australia (8 weeks)
#1 Single in America
#1 Single in many European countries
#1 Song for Triple J Hottest 100 (2012)
#2 EOY ARIA
#2 EOY on my personal
#4 peak on my chart
Winner of single of the year, pop release at the 2011 ARIA awards.

I to went through a love/hate situation with song but it's just too perfect to knock (even though when I play it my wife goes nuts because she hates).
In all scheme of things it'll be remembered as a truly classic track in years to come but I don't consider it an Australian classic maybe because of the song itself.

Last edited: 06/01/2013 08:29
*
It's gonna take some effort to top this song as the worst #1 single of the decade. "Hey, Soul Sister" is a worthy second place-getter though.
******
Classic.
******
Didn't like it so much at first, but now I love it!
Last edited: 10/07/2012 21:24
******
A spectacular song that literally took the world by storm, managing to reach #1 in the US and UK as well as Australia. Gotye has done a fine job with this song and it is executed excellently with very few dull moments. Every little bit plays their part, whether it's the xylophone melody that resembles Baa Baa Black Sheep, the cool use of Luiz Bonfa's "Seville" to establish the beat, the shimmering flutes during Kimbra's verse, the quiet yet intense drumming before each chorus and the excellent vocal harmonies at the final chorus. Not only are the lyrics relatable to many, the sound is very appealing to many having become a cross-over hit in multiple genres. This has already become a huge modern classic, and it's not hard to see why.

For me, this took a very long time to grow on me, but I have found that this is one of the best ever written songs for the past few years, and although it is not a huge personal favourite, I will never object to listening to this at any time.
****
Bra
**
pretty boring
***
Esta bien, he escuchado cosas mejores (a mi gusto, claro).
******
One of the best songs of the decade and certainly one of my all time favourites. I remember I heard it the first time on the radio when they announced it as the new MEGAHIT of the week. They had a discussion if it should be this song or another and they decided to go for this song by Gotye. I remember I thought: "finally something very poppy not some kind of dance track but a new popsong". Like you could expect in the past from Toto or Fleetwood Mac or the Eagles. I couldn't get the tune out of my head anymore and wanted to hear it more and more. Loved it from the first time I heard it and after 1 year still love it....
******
It took me a long time to get into this song... but this is the best of 2011 by a mile! It doesn't take long for you to notice that this song is something very special.

I first heard of Gotye through Hearts a Mess, but this song sent his career into the stratosphere. A well known Australian vocalist pulled out, so Gotye enlisted the services of a New Zealander by the name of Kimbra to provide the female vocals. This song introduced me to Kimbra, and 2 years later she is one of my favourite artists.

Who would think these 2 relative unknown artists in Australia with no big commercial hits before would hit #1 in Australia (and eventually hit number one all over the world)! It shows that Triple J is after 35 years still has a big influence of the emergence of these artists on a national and even an international scale; and they promptly saluted in the Triple J Hottest 100 coming in at #1 on Australia Day last year.

Then when this song hit #1 in America... a feat achieved by few Australians and even fewer Kiwis, I went... this song is taking over the world. It ended up topping the charts for eight weeks, was the highest selling song in the US for the year 2012, and I was stoked that it won Record of the Year at the Grammys!
Last edited: 05/04/2013 12:57
*
Hate this still. Cannot stand it!
****
I loathed this with a passion on first listen, but that was probably because of the music video which I thought was extremely creepy. But after a while I warmed to it and started to like it. Surprised but happy with its success not only in Australia but all over the world. Will be remembered as a Australian classic in years to come.
Last edited: 05/01/2014 02:15
****
A unique and enjoyable track with a great chorus, but the verses are just plain boring to me though.
******
Masterpiece.
****
Nice.
****
It's catchy and I'm glad it's been a success, but how does he plan on following it up?
***
3 stars
******
This will be remembered as a superb track in 100 years from now. A brilliant masterpiece, and all those clichéd superlatives.

My favourite song of 2011.
*****
Very well deserved worldwide success and an Australian Classic!
******
magnific
*****
pretty groovy
******
Fantastic.
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