Say Hey (I Love You)

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"Say Hey (I Love You)"
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Single by Michael Franti & Spearhead featuring Cherine Anderson
from the album All Rebel Rockers
ReleasedSeptember 2008
Length3:55 (Album Version)
3:40 (Radio Edit)
Songwriter(s)Michael Franti, Carl Young
Michael Franti & Spearhead featuring Cherine Anderson singles chronology
"Say Hey (I Love You)"
"Shake It"

"Say Hey (I Love You)" is a single by Michael Franti & Spearhead featuring Jamaican soul singer Cherine Anderson released in 2008 from their album All Rebel Rockers. The single was produced by Sly & Robbie. The music video peaked at number #5 on the VH1 Top 20 countdown and the single peaked at number 18 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Franti's first Hot 100 chart entry. It also peaked at #3 on Billboard Digital Songs, #1 on Billboard R&B Songs, and #3 on Billboard Modern Rock Songs. Digital sales of "Say Hey (I Love You)" have topped 120,000 downloads.[6]

The music video for this song was filmed at Vigário Geral favela in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[7]


In a January 2010 interview, Franti explained he wrote the lyrics to this song in the steam of a mirror just after a shower. He joked to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul: "I was staying at (US actor) Woody Harrelson's house. And, when Woody called and asked how the songwriting was going, I was like 'It's going great! I think I just wrote a hit song in the bathroom!'... And straightaway he was like 'So, is it a Number One or a Number Two?'!!"[8]

Use in other media[edit]

The song appeared in the Showtime series Weeds for a flash mob in the season five premiere episode and during the opening credits of the 2010 film Valentine's Day. It also appeared in the 2010 films Ramona and Beezus and The Back-Up Plan and the 2011 films Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. This song is featured in EA Sports video game 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. It was also featured in a 2010 advertisement for Corona Light beer, and in advertisements for The Oprah Winfrey Show's final season. Franti recorded a version with alternate lyrics in support of the San Francisco Giants in connection with their World Series appearance in 2010.[9] The song is featured in the 2015 animated musical comedy Strange Magic. It is played in the sequel Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2.

Chart positions[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

The song was covered for the 2015 film Strange Magic.


Country Certification
(sales thresholds)
United States 2x Platinum[22]


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