People Help the People

"People Help the People"
Single by Cherry Ghost
from the album Thirst for Romance
Released 12 June 2007
Recorded Ape Studios, Little Neston, Cheshire, England, UK
Genre Indie rock
Length 3:59
Label Heavenly
Writer(s) Simon Aldred
  • Dan Austin
  • Simon Aldred
Cherry Ghost singles chronology
"People Help the People"
"4 AM"

"People Help the People" is the second single taken from Cherry Ghost's début album, Thirst for Romance. It was made available to download on 11 June 2007, and followed two weeks later on CD and 7" vinyl. The band played the song live on Later... with Jools Holland on 24 November 2006. Jimi Goodwin of the band Doves plays drums on the single. "People Help the People" peaked the UK Singles Chart at #27.[1] The song was also a hit in Italy.

The melody for "People Help the People" came into lead singer Simon Aldred's head unexpectedly as he arrived in India for a three-month backpacking holiday. In order to remember the tune throughout his guitar-less sojourn, he would hum it to himself daily.[2]

Two music videos were produced for the song, one directed by Huse Monfaradi,[3] the other one directed by Chris Hopewell.[4]

Track listings

All songs written by Simon Aldred, except where noted.

CD (HVN168CD):

  1. "People Help the People" – 3:59
  2. "Four Eyes" – 4:47

7" vinyl (HVN168):

  1. "People Help the People" – 3:59
  2. "Please Come Home" (Aldred, Parsons, Rhodes) – 4:39

Download (UK iTunes only):

  1. "People Help the People" – 3:59
  2. "People Help the People" (Cowboys and Cosmonauts Remix) – 4:10

Birdy version

"People Help the People"
Single by Birdy
from the album Birdy
B-side "Without a Word"
Released 28 October 2011 (2011-10-28)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011
Length 4:16
Label Warner Music
Birdy singles chronology
"People Help the People"
Music video
"People Help the People" (Official) on YouTube

English musician Birdy released a cover version of the song, which was released on 28 October 2011 as a download in the United Kingdom. In 2012, the song received attention in Australia when it was used in a trailer for a Neighbours storyline.[5]

Music video

A music video to accompany the release of "People Help the People" was first released onto YouTube on 6 October 2011 at a total length of four minutes and eighteen seconds.[6]

Track listing

1."People Help the People"  4:16
2."People Help the People" (Two Inch Punch Remix)4:53
3."People Help the People" (Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross Remix)6:30
4."Without a Word"  3:08

Weekly charts

Chart (2011–14) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[7] 10
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 7
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[10] 5
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[11] 13
Denmark (Tracklisten)[12] 37
France (SNEP)[13] 7
Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 3
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 84
Luxembourg Digital Songs (Billboard)[16] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[17] 5
Poland (ZPAV) 31
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[18] 30
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[19] 19
Slovenia (SloTop50)[20] 1
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[21] 7
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 33

Year-end charts

Chart (2013) Position
Germany (Media Control AG)[24] 37


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[25] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[26] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[27] Platinum 30,000*
Germany (BVMI)[28] Platinum 300,000^
Italy (FIMI)[29] Gold 15,000*
France (SNEP)[30] Gold 150,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[31] 2× Platinum 60,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history

Country Date Format Label
Ireland 28 October 2011[32] Download Warner Music
United Kingdom 30 October 2011[33]


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  15. "Luxembourg Digital Songs - January 26, 2013". Billboard.
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  17. "Archive Chart: 2013-05-25". Scottish Singles Top 40.
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  25. "Austrian single certifications – Birdy – People Help the People" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 21 November 2013. Enter Birdy in the field Interpret. Enter People Help the People in the field Titel. Select single in the field Format. Click Suchen
  26. "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2012". Ultratop & Hung Medien / Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  27. "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Birdy; 'People Help the People')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  28. "Italian single certifications – Birdy – People Help the People" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 21 November 2013. Select Online in the field Sezione. Enter Birdy in the field Filtra. Select 2013 in the field Anno. The certification will load automatically
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  30. "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Birdy; 'People Help the People')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
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  32. People Help the People - EP by Birdy iTunes
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