About Insomnia

"Insomnia" is a song recorded by British musical group Faithless. Released as the band's second single, it became one of their most successful. It was originally released in 1995 and reached number 27 on the UK Singles Chart, topping the UK Dance Chart in the process. When re-released in 1996, the song achieved a new peak of number three in the United Kingdom and peaked atop the charts of Finland, Norway and Switzerland. It was certified double platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) in 2019. "Insomnia" was voted by Mixmag readers as the fifth greatest dance record of all time. The main refrain of "Insomnia" is a drum sample of "Let Me Love You for Tonight" by artist Kariya. 


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I only smoke weed when I need to
And I need to get some rest, yo, where's the sex
I confess, I burnt a hole in the mattress
Yes, yes, it was me, I plead guilty

And on the count of three I pull back the duvet
Make my way to the refrigerator
One dry potato inside, no lie
Not even bread, jam

When the light above my head went bam
I can't sleep, something's all over me
Greasy, insomnia please release me
And let me dream about making mad love on the heath

Tearing off tights with my teeth
But there's no relief
I'm wide awake in my kitchen
It's black and I'm lonely
Oh if I could only get some sleep
Creaky noises make my skin creep
I need to get some sleep
I can't get no sleep

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Faithless was a British electronica band consisting of Maxi Jazz, Sister Bliss and Rollo. The group is best known for their dance songs ("Insomnia", "God Is a DJ" and "We Come 1"). Faithless recorded six albums. During their career they sold over 15 million records worldwide. The band have now officially split up after the climax of their Passing The Baton dates at Brixton Academy which was on 7 and 8 April 2011. more »

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Written by: Maxwell Fraser, Rollo Armstrong, Ayalah Bentovim

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Songtrust Ave, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Champion Management & Music, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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15 facts about this song

Release Date
"Insomnia" by Faithless was initially released in November 1995 in the United Kingdom.
Chart Performance
The song notably reached number three on the UK Singles Chart, cementing its success.
International Success
"Insomnia" also achieved remarkable international success, reaching number one in Norway and Switzerland while peaking within the top ten in various other countries.
The song is a blend of electronica, house, and dance music, combining different elements to create its unique sound.
Track Composition
"Insomnia" features an iconic piano riff and electronic beat, leading to its catchiness and popularity in dance clubs.
It is an iconic dance track and is often regarded as one of the greatest dance songs of all time. It helped to define a generation of club music in the mid-to-late 1990s.
The song has been released numerous times, with each release charting in the UK. Its 2005 release reached number 17 and in 2010 to celebrate their greatest hits, it reached number 48.
Music Video
The music video for "Insomnia" significantly contributed to its popularity, featuring scenes of city life and surreal images that aligned well with the song’s lyrics and sound.
Sample Usage
The bassline of the Faithless song "Insomnia" has been sampled in numerous other tracks, demonstrating its profound impact on the music scene.
Song Duration
The original track lasts for about 3:35 minutes, but it has been remixed in several lengths for various album and single releases, including a monster mix which lasts for about 8 minutes.
The song was nominated for the BRIT Award for British Single of the Year in 1997.
Faithless’ Signature
While Faithless has many popular songs, "Insomnia" is arguably the most well-known and continues to be the song most associated with the group.
The song’s lyrics handle a theme of insomnia and the feeling of being unable to fall asleep, hence the title. It's a meditation on the darker side of nightlight, capturing the mindset of a person who's unable to sleep.
Pop Culture
"Insomnia" remains a popular choice for use in media, having been featured in numerous TV shows, movies, and commercials over the years.
Live Performances
"Insomnia" is a staple of Faithless’s live performances and is often used as the final song in their sets.

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