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Busted performing 'Year 3000' live at Top of the Pops, broadcast on February 28, 2003.

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"Year 3000"
Single by Busted
from the album Busted
Released13 January 2003
FormatCD single, cassette single
GenrePop rock, pop punk, pop
LabelUniversal Music, Polygram
Writer(s)James Bourne, Matt Willis, Charlie Simpson, Steve Robson
Producer(s)Steve Robson
Busted singles chronology

"Year 3000" is a song performed by English pop punk band Busted. It was released as the second single from their debut studio album Busted (2002). The song was written by Busted members Ryan Knapton, James Bourne, Matt Willis and Charlie Simpson, along with Steve Robson and Graham Jay. The song makes references to the Back to the Future trilogy, including lines about the flux capacitor and the fact that the time machine mentioned is "like the one in a film I've seen".

"Year 3000" reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and became the 34th biggest seller of the year with 165,000 units. The single was also a success in Europe, reaching number two on the Irish Singles Chart, while reaching the Top 10 in Belgium and the Netherlands.


  • 1 Background
  • 2 Chart performance
  • 3 Music video
  • 4 Track listing
  • 5 Charts and certifications
    • 5.1 Weekly charts
    • 5.2 Year-end charts
    • 5.3 Certifications
  • 6 Jonas Brothers cover
    • 6.1 Chart performance
    • 6.2 Music video
    • 6.3 Response from Busted
    • 6.4 Charts
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


"Year 3000" was written by Busted, Graham Jay and Steve Robson. It was inspired by James Bourne's obsession with Back to the Future, hence the references to the flux capacitor and the fact that the time machine mentioned is "like the one in a film I've seen".[1]

Chart performance

"Year 3000" debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart, one place higher than previous single "What I Go to School For". It was kept off number one by "Stop Living the Lie" by Fame Academy winner David Sneddon.[2]

Music video

The music video for the song begins with Matt Willis playing a video game called "Stay Alive". When he loses, the video zooms out to view the band playing the song's intro in a bedroom. After Charlie Simpson starts singing, they hear an explosion-like sound outside. They look out of a window to the backyard and find their neighbour Peter, played by James Bourne's brother Chris, standing next to a Vauxhall Viva customised like the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future. They get in the car and Peter takes them to the future. The song continues as they go through a time vortex, and arrive in the year 3000. They see lots of changes, such as various aliens, flying cars and the fact that everyone now lives under the ocean. They also see three triple-breasted women, one of whom throws her bra at them and the three boys fight over it.

As the song continues, Busted look at a billboard and see themselves very much older. James and Matt react embarrassed with their future selves, but Charlie nods in appreciation and looks relatively happy with his. At the song's bridge, Busted come across a concert hall with a sign saying "Busted, Live Tonight". They sneak in, lock their older selves inside a green room and jump onto the stage, where the song continues in front of an audience. At the closing of the song, the setting switches back and forth from the concert to the bedroom from the video's intro, and ends with Busted jumping into their logo.

Track listing

  1. "Year 3000" (Single Version) - 3:18
  2. "Year 3000" (Acoustic Version) - 3:24
  3. "Year 3000" (The DJEJ Mix) - 4:12
  4. "Year 3000" (Instrumental) - 3:18
  1. "Year 3000" (Single Version) - 3:18
  2. "Fun Fun Fun" - 2:58
  3. "Late Night Sauna" - 2:14
  1. "Year 3000" (Single Version) - 3:18
  2. "Fun Fun Fun" - 2:58

Jonas Brothers cover

"Year 3000"
Single by Jonas Brothers
from the album It's About Time and Jonas Brothers
Released16 May 2006 (release from It's About Time)
12 March 2007 (release from Jonas Brothers)
FormatDigital download, CD single
GenrePop rock, teen pop
Writer(s)James Bourne, Mattie Jay, Charlie Simpson, Steve Robson, Graham Jay
Producer(s)Michael Mangini
Jonas Brothers singles chronology

In 2006, Busted permitted the Jonas Brothers to make a cover of "Year 3000". Since the Jonas Brothers mainly have a pre-teen fanbase, all the sexually suggestive lyrics were simplified - the line "and your great-great-great granddaughter is pretty fine" is changed to "doin' fine" and "Triple-breasted women swim around town, totally naked" is changed to "girls there, with round hair like Star Wars, float above the floor." Also, the line "Everybody bought our seventh album, it had outsold Michael Jackson" is changed to "it had outsold Kelly Clarkson".

Chart performance

After the song's release in early 2007, the song debuted at #40 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Year 3000" was the group's first single to chart and their first Top 40 hit. The song eventually peaked at #31 and sold 1,050,000 copies in the US.[20] The group's cover was the first single they released under Hollywood Records, and it was the only song Hollywood received distribution rights to after the group was dropped from Columbia. Hollywood re-released the song on the group's next album, Jonas Brothers and "Year 3000" was the lead single.

Music video

The music video for the Jonas Brothers' cover was directed by Andrew Bennett and produced by Justin Cronkite. It begins with the band entering a decorated garage, where they take their instruments: Nick and Kevin pick guitars, and Joe first plays the keyboard, then uses a microphone. As they play the intro, Nick comes home on a bike. He starts singing while the video's story side views him noticing a flash of light next door. He goes over there, and is joined by Joe and Kevin. Their neighbour "Peter" shows them that he made a time machine. However, this one is different from the one in Busted's video. This one is Pete's sofa rather than the car. While they continue to play the song, they enter the time machine, and when in the year 3000 they are in an all-white room. There they see girls with round, pink hair instead of three triple-breasted girls in Busted's. At the bridge, the girls show the band their 7th album, and the album by Kelly Clarkson that their album outsold rather than Michael Jackson. Later, one of the girls shows Joe the city on the outside, while another shows Kevin the band's "great-great-great granddaughters". Towards the end of the song, the brothers jump into the time machine and return to their own time. At the end of the song, Nick sings, while Joe claps the rhythm and Kevin plays the ending riff on his guitar.

Response from Busted

In November 2016, in an interview with PopBuzz, Busted were asked what they thought of the Jonas Brothers' cover of the song. Matt Willis responded: "Dude, they paid my mortgage for four years, I'm stoked to bits. Thank you very much Jonas Brothers," whilst James Bourne said, "The thing about it is that...when I heard their version of it, I didn't really like it. But there has been some really good things that have happened as a result of it. I didn't like how they changed words around. But the thing is, what's mental is that "Year 3000" was synced in The Simpsons recently...But the thing is, when I asked them to do that, they already had chosen to use the original version. And the thing is I don't think they'd have been aware of the song if that hadn't of happened. So we ended up getting our version on The Simpsons which was cool. If someone had said to me all those years ago "if you let them do it you'll get your song on The Simpsons" I would have done it immediately."[21]


  1. ^ Hoare-Smith, Roxii (17 November 2015). "Busted tour 2016: A definitive ranking of Busted songs to celebrate reunion". Metro. DMG Media. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  2. ^ "Fame Academy winner tops charts". Daily Mail. DMG Media. 20 January 2003. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  3. ^ " – Busted – Year 3000". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  4. ^ " – Busted – Year 3000" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  5. ^ " – Busted – Year 3000" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ " – Busted – Year 3000". Tracklisten.
  7. ^ "Hits of the World - Eurochart Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Holdings. 1 February 2003. p. 55. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  8. ^ " – Busted – Year 3000" (in French). Les classement single.
  9. ^ " – Busted Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  10. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 2010-12-09.
  11. ^ "Tonlist Top 20". DV. Retrieved 2017-02-09. 
  12. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Year 3000". Irish Singles Chart.
  13. ^ " – Busted – Year 3000" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  14. ^ " – Busted – Year 3000". VG-lista.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart: 2003-01-19". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  16. ^ " – Busted – Year 3000". Swiss Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Archive Chart: 2003-01-19" UK Singles Chart.
  18. ^ "End of Year Charts: 2003" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "British single certifications – Busted – Year 3000". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Year 3000 in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  20. ^ Trust, Gary (17 February 2015). "Ask Billboard: Jonas Brothers Want to Know Their Album & Song Sales". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 17 February 2015. 
  21. ^ Wilson-Taylor, James (4 November 2016). "INTERVIEW: Busted Reveal All On Jonas Brothers Covers, "Dated" Pop Punk & Their Whole New Sound". PopBuzz. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  22. ^ "Jonas Brothers – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Jonas Brothers.

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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