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Swagger Jagger

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Released  29 July 2011
Length  3:12
Genre  Hip hop electro
Label  Syco Sony
Format  CD single digital download
Recorded  Beat Studio, Miami, Florida, United States

"Swagger Jagger" is the debut single by British singer Cher Lloyd, taken from her debut studio album Sticks and Stones (2011). It was released as the album's lead single on 31 July 2011. The song was written by the two production teams The Runners and The Monarch with Lloyd, Petr Brdičko, Autumn Rowe, Marcus Lomax and Clarence Coffee Jr., and it was produced by the The Runners and The Monarch. The music video was released on 26 June 2011. It was also used in the movie Identity Thief with Melissa McCarthy.


Despite receiving negative reviews from music critics, the song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, and at number two in Ireland, becoming her biggest point to date in these countries. The Guardian chose the song as the best number one single of 2011.


"Swagger Jagger" received its first airplay on 20 June 2011. The single was leaked onto the internet on 15 June, but this version was later confirmed as only the demo of the track on Lloyd's Twitter account. Lloyd performed the song on T4 on the Beach and also performed at the Leeds Aire FM Party in the Park and Key 103 Live Manchester, both on the day of release of "Swagger Jagger".

Critical reception

The song has received mainly negative reviews from critics. Initial reviews compared the song to the Christmas carol "Little Donkey". However, in a positive review, Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song four out of five stars. He noted similarities between the song's chorus and the American western folk ballad "Oh My Darling, Clementine".

In the BBC's "Most Annoying of 2011", "Swagger Jagger" was voted the most annoying song of the entire year, an opinion shared by users at In a negative review, Sabotage Times said of the "abominable" track: "Coming across like a sink estate answer to the Black Eyed Peas, the track combines a shouty, tuneless verse with a chorus that riffs on 'Oh My Darling Clementine'". Even harsher was Daily Mail writer Jan Moir, who described the track as "dire" and "the worst song in the history of pop".

Chart performance

"Swagger Jagger" debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 7 August 2011 ― for the week ending dated 13 August 2011. As of 16 December 2011, the singles sales has exceeded 200,000 copies in Britain. In Ireland, the single charted at number two on the Irish Singles Chart. The single debuted at number seventy nine on the Mega Top 100 in the Netherlands. After a performance during the finals of So You Think You Can Dance, the song re-entered the chart at number sixty.

  1. "Swagger Jagger" – 3:14
  2. "Swagger Jagger" (HyGrade Club Mix) – 3:32
  3. "Swagger Jagger" (Wideboys Radio Edit) – 3:03
  4. "Swagger Jagger" (Dillon Francis Remix) – 5:06
  5. "Swagger Jagger" (Eyes Remix) – 4:27
  1. "Swagger Jagger" – 3:12
  2. "Swagger Jagger" (HyGrade Radio Mix) – 3:35
  1. "Swagger Jagger" – 3:12

Credits and personnel

  • Cher Lloyd – songwriter, vocals
  • Autumn Rowe – songwriter
  • Petr Brdičko - songwriter
  • The Runners (Andrew Harr and Jermaine Jackson) – songwriter, producer
  • The Monarch (Andre Davidson and Sean Davidson) – songwriter, co-producer
  • The Monsters and The Strangerz (Marcus Lomax and Clarence Coffee Jr.) – songwriter
  • Jeff "Supa Jeff" Villanueva – engineer
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • Alex Delicata – guitar
  • Tom Coyne – mastering
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