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"If I Ruled the World", known before release as "Rule the World",[3] is a song by Big Time Rush featuring American rapper Iyaz. It was written by Eman Kiriakou, E. Kidd Bogart, Lindy Robbins, and Kiedran "Iyaz" Jones, and produced by Eman. Initially featured in the Big Time Rush episode "Big Time Single", the song was officially released as a single on July 22, 2011. The song was later included as the seventh track on the band's second studio album, Elevate, released on November 21, 2011.

Background[]

Big Time Rush recorded the vocals for "If I Ruled the World" with Emanuel Kiriakou in March 2011.[1] Carlos PenaVega, Logan Henderson, and Kendall Schmidt recorded their vocals in one session,[4] while James Maslow recorded his in another.[5]

The band played the song live for the first time at the San Diego County Fair. A promotional lyric video, created by video producer and content creator Mikey Ortiz,[6] was released on July 21, 2011, preceding the official digital release on July 22. An official mini-video was later released on August 5, 2011 and includes footage of the band on tour.

On the Show[]

In the episode Big Time Single, the guys perform it in the studio and pretended like they were performing it around the world. After understanding Kendall's pain, they were able to cheer up after going through different heartbreaks and the song becomes successful.

Later in Big Time Wedding, Kelly, Gustavo, Kendall, Logan and Carlos fought for James back from the queen when the song played.

In "Big Time Single", while singing James sung the part "We'd throw every rule in the book out and Bring down the house". But in the official version on Elevate Logan sings it instead.

Credits and personnel[]

Credits transcribed from the liner notes of Elevate.[7]

  • Written by Emanuel Kiriakou, Evan Bogart, Lindy Robbins, and Kiedran Jones
  • Produced by Emanuel Kiriakou for Roditis Music Inc.
  • Engineered and Edited by Jens Koerkemeier
  • Mixed by Serban Ghenea
  • Engineered for Mix by John Hanes
  • Additional Keyboards and Drum Programming: Jens Koerkemeier for Roditis Music Inc. and Andrew Goldstein for Roditis Music Inc.
  • Iyaz appears courtesy of Reprise Records

Lyrics[]

Lyrics transcribed from YouTube lyrics video and Elevate liner notes.[8][7]

Ya know it's ya boy
Iyaz and Big Time Rush

If I ruled the world
I'd throw all the money in the air like confetti
If I ruled the world
Every house got a DJ and a backyard party
And I'd break all the borders down
When I shake the ground
If I ruled the world I'd dream out loud

So everybody get up, up, out of your seats
Kick off your shoes like you're down at the beach
Jump up, up, up on the beat
Singing ayo, ayo, ayo
Up, up, out of your seats
Be who you are, love is all you need
All of us geeks, freaks, and wannabe's
Singing ayo
If I ruled the world
I would give it give it give it all to you, give it give it give it all to you
If I ruled the world
I would give it give it give it all to you, give it give it give it all to you

If you were my girl
You'd never have to worry about another thing no
Cause I'd rule the world
And you'd be right next to me running the show
We'd throw every rule in the book out
And bring down the house
If you were my girl we'd dream out loud

So everybody get up, up, out of your seats
Kick off your shoes like you're down at the beach
Jump up, up, up on the beat
Singing ayo, ayo, ayo
Up, up, out of your seats
Be who you are, love is all you need
All of us geeks, freaks, and wannabe's
Singing ayo
If I ruled the world
I would give it give it give it all to you, give it give it give it all to you
If I ruled the world
I would give it give it give it all to you, give it give it give it all to you

I'd be beating on my chest
I'm the king of the hill
Iyaz and Big Time Rush keeping it real
Magic carpets girl we go wherever
I ain't trying to run game
I ain't trying to be clever
Girl Im'ma be the king and you will be the queen
Going 100 miles an hour girl we running the streets
And if the cops ever try and pull us over
We tell them hey Mr. Officer we own ya

If I ruled the world

So everybody get up, up, out of your seats
Kick off your shoes like you're down at the beach
Jump up, up, up on the beat
Singing ayo, ayo, ayo
Up, up, out of your seats
Be who you are, love is all you need
All of us geeks, freaks, and wannabe's
Singing ayo
If I ruled the world
I would give it give it give it all to you, give it give it give it all to you
If I ruled the world
I would give it give it give it all to you, give it give it give it all to you
If I ruled the world
I would give it give it give it all to you, give it give it give it all to you
If I ruled the world
I would give it give it give it all to you, give it give it give it all to you

If I ruled the world
I'd throw all money in the air like confetti
If I ruled the world
Every house got a DJ and a backyard party
And I'l break all borders down
When I shake the ground
If I ruled the world
I'd dream out loud

So everybody get up up
Out of your seats
Kick off your shoes like you're down, you're down at the beach
Jump up up up on the beat
Singing ayo ayo ayo
Up up out of your seats
Be who you are
Love is all you need
All of us geeks, freaks, and wannabes
Saying ayo
If I ruled the world
I would give it give it give it all to you, give it give it give it all to you
If I ruled the world
I would give it give it give it all to you, give it give it give it all to you

If you were my girl
You'd never have to worry 'bout another thing, no
'Cause I'd rule the world
And you'd be right next to me, running the show
We'd throw every rule in the book out
And bring down the house
If you were my girl
We'd dream out loud

So everybody get up up
Out of your seats
Kick off your shoes like you're down, you're down at the beach
Jump up up up on the beat
Singing ayo ayo ayo
Up up out of your seats
Be who you are
Love is all you need
All of us geeks, freaks, and wannabes
Saying ayo
If I ruled the world
I would give it give it give it all to you, give it give it give it all to you
If I ruled the world
I would give it give it give it all to you, give it give it give it all to you

I'd be beating on my chest
I'm the king of the Hill
Iyaz and Big Time Rush keeping it real
Magic carpets girl, we go wherever
I ain't tryna' to run a game, I ain't tryna' be clever
Girl, I'm-a be the king, and you will be the queen
Going a hundred miles an hour, gonna be running the streets
And if the cops ever tried to pull us over
We tell him "Hey mister officer, we older"
If I ruled the world

So everybody get up up
Out of your seats
Kick off your shoes like you're down, you're down at the beach
Jump up up up on the beat
Singing ayo ayo ayo
Up up out of your seats
Be who you are
Love is all you need
All of us geeks, freaks, and wannabes
Saying ayo
If I ruled the world
I would give it give it give it all to you, give it give it give it all to you
If I ruled the world
I would give it give it give it all to you, give it give it give it all to you
If I ruled the world
I would give it give it give it all to you, give it give it give it all to you
If I ruled the world
I would give it give it give it all to you, give it give it give it all to you

Videos[]

Gallery[]

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References[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Kiriakou, Emanuel [@EmanuelKirakou] (March 20, 2011). "Song written with @EKiddBogart and Lindy Robbins for @BigTimeRush coming out GREAT!!!! Can't wait for you all to hear!!" (Tweet). Retrieved 10 May 2022 – via Twitter.
  2. PenaVega, Carlos [@TheCarlosPena] (March 20, 2011). "In the studio with @emanuelkiriakou recording some new songs for this summer!" (Tweet). Retrieved 10 May 2022 – via Twitter.
  3. HiHat [@HiHatOfficial] (April 13, 2011). "This new single from @bigtimerush "Rule The World" is really hot!" (Tweet). Retrieved 27 April 2022 – via Twitter.
  4. Kiriakou, Emanuel [@EmanuelKiriakou] (March 20, 2011). "Rainy Sunday in the studio with @TheCarlosPena @1LoganHenderson @HeffronDrive from Big Time Rush! #shenanigans" (Tweet). Retrieved 7 July 2022.
  5. Kiriakou, Emanuel [@EmanuelKiriakou] (March 20, 2011). "Great night with @therealjens and @JamesMaslow.... #greathariallaround" (Tweet). Retrieved 7 July 2022.
  6. Ortiz, Mikey. "Big Time Rush - “If I Ruled The World” (Official Lyric Video)". Vimeo.com. Retrieved 27 April 2022.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Elevate (Media notes). Nickelodeon Records, Columbia Records. 2011.
  8. "Big Time Rush - If I Ruled The World ft. Iyaz (Official Lyric Video)" on YouTube. Retrieved August 1, 2023.

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V·T·E Songs in Big Time Rush
Season 1 "Big Time Rush" · "Famous" · "City Is Ours" · "Any Kind of Guy" · "This Is Our Someday" · "Halfway There" · "Stuck" · "A Shot in the Dark" · "Count on You"
Season 2 "Til I Forget About You" · "Boyfriend" · "I Know You Know" · "Big Night" · "Nothing Even Matters" · "Make a Beautiful Christmas" · "All I Want for Christmas" · "Yardsquirrel's Christmas" · "Oh Yeah" · "Dance, Dance, Dance" · "The Mom Song" · "Worldwide" · "Paralyzed" · "Superstar" · "If I Ruled the World" · "Blow Your Speakers" · "All Over Again"
Season 3 "Love Me Love Me" · "Time of Our Life" · "Cover Girl" · "Elevate" · "Movin' Up to Bel Air" · "Windows Down" · "No Idea"
Season 4 "Like Nobody's Around" · "With Ur Love" · "Picture This" · "You Dumped Me for Her" · "24/seven" · "Confetti Falling" · "My Friends" · "Song for You" · "Run Wild" · "Untouchable" · "Get Up" · "Crazy for U" · "We Are"
Big Time Movie "Can't Buy Me Love" · "Help" · "A Hard Day's Night" · "We Can Work It Out" · "Revolution" · "Music Sounds Better with U"
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