"Rotterdam (or Anywhere)" is a song by The Beautiful South, taken from their fifth studio album Blue Is the Colour (1996). It features Jacqui Abbott on lead vocals and reached number five on the UK Singles Chart,[1] and stayed in the UK top 40 for nine weeks.

"Rotterdam (or Anywhere)"
The Beautiful South - Rotterdam.jpg
Single by The Beautiful South
from the album Blue Is the Colour
Released30 September 1996
GenrePop rock, country
LabelGO! Discs
Songwriter(s)Paul Heaton & Dave Rotheray
Producer(s)Mike Hedges, The Beautiful South
The Beautiful South singles chronology
"Pretenders to the Throne"
"Rotterdam (or Anywhere)"
"Don't Marry Her"


Music videoEdit

The music video features Jacqui Abbott walking down a motorway while carrying a petrol box, occasionally joined by a miscellaneous collection of extras. The rest of the band wait for her while sitting on the back of their pick-up truck.


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1996–1997) Peak
Germany (Official German Charts)[2] 72
Ireland (IRMA)[3] 11
Poland (LP3)[4] 48
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[5] 5
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 5

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1996) Position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 66


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "everyHit.com - UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". everyhit.com.
  2. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Beautiful South – Rotterdam (or Anywhere)". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  3. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Rotterdam". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Notowanie nr780" (in Polish). LP3. 10 January 1997. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  7. ^ "Najlepsze single na UK Top 40-1996 wg sprzedaży" (in Polish). Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 4 June 2015. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  8. ^ "British single certifications – Beautiful South – Rotterdam". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 28 March 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Rotterdam in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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