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Something About the Way You Look Tonight

"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
Single by Elton John
from the album The Big Picture
A-side "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" (single edit)
B-side "You Know Why I'm in Love",
"No Valentines",
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" (album version)
Released 13 September 1997 (1997-09-13) (UK)
23 September 1997 (1997-09-23) (US)
Format
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:59 (single edit)
5:13 (album version)
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
"Live Like Horses"
(1996)
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
(1997)
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"/"Candle in the Wind 1997"
(1997)
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"/"Candle in the Wind 1997"
Single by Elton John
from the album The Big Picture
A-side "Something About the Way You Look Tonight",
"Candle in the Wind 1997"
B-side "You Can Make History (Young Again)"
Released 13 September 1997 (1997-09-13) (UK)
23 September 1997 (1997-09-23) (US)
Format
Genre
Length 3:59 ("Something About the Way You Look Tonight")
4:09 ("Candle in the Wind 1997")
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
(1997)
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"/"Candle in the Wind 1997"
(1997)
"Recover Your Soul"
(1998)

"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" is a song by Elton John, released in 1997 as the first single from his 26th studio album The Big Picture. The song and its video were dedicated to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, who died that year, with proceeds from the sale of the song going towards Diana's charities.[1][2]

The single was released later also as a double A-side single with "Candle in the Wind 1997". According to the Recording Industry Association of America, with certified sales, this double A-side is "the best-selling single of all time."[3][4] The Guinness World Records 2009 states that the song is "the biggest-selling single since UK and US singles charts began in the 1950s, having accumulated worldwide sales of 33 million copies".[5]

The video for the song featured actors and actresses from the UK television programme This Life, as well as supermodels Kate Moss and Sophie Dahl and is regarded as one of Elton John's best videos. John has publicly revealed (through his "warts and all" documentary Tantrums and Tiaras) that he finds videos "fucking loathsome" and after the album The Big Picture refrained from appearing in his own videos unless they were cameo appearances.

Contents

  • Sales and chart positions 1
  • Charts 2
    • End-of-year charts 2.1
    • End-of-decade charts 2.2
    • All-time charts 2.3
  • Personnel 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Sales and chart positions

In the UK alone, the double A-side single with "Candle in the Wind 1997" sold over 4,864,600 copies (8× Platinum), making the song the best-selling single ever in UK history.[6] It remained for five weeks at the number-one position. In the US, the double A-side single spent 14 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The best-selling single in Billboard history and the only single ever certified Diamond in the US – the single sold over 11 million copies in the US.[7][8] On the US adult contemporary chart, however, "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" and "Candle In the Wind 1997" charted separately; while the tribute to Princess Diana peaked at #2 on this chart,[9] "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" spent ten weeks at #1 in late 1997 and early 1998. This double-sided single holds the record for the lowest amount of weeks in a chart year from a year-end number-one single, with as few as 8. (In 1998, it had 34 more total weeks, however it was only #8 in the year-end list of 1998).

Charts

End-of-year charts

End-of-year chart (1997) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 1

End-of-decade charts

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[11] 5

All-time charts

Chart Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[12] 41

Personnel

Preceded by
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" by Band Aid
UK best-selling single in history[13]
14 September 1997 – present
Succeeded by
none
Preceded by
"The Drugs Don't Work" by The Verve
UK Singles Chart number-one single
14 September 1997 – 19 October 1997
Succeeded by
"Spice Up Your Life" by Spice Girls
Preceded by
"Men in Black" by Will Smith
Australia ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
5 October 1997 – 9 November 1997
Succeeded by
"Barbie Girl" by Aqua
Preceded by
"Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart number-one single
5 October 1997 – 9 November 1997
Succeeded by
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by N-Trance
Preceded by
"4 Seasons of Loneliness" by Boyz II Men
Billboard Hot 100 number one single (with "Candle in the Wind 1997")
11 October 1997 – 10 January 1998
Succeeded by
"Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden
Preceded by
"How Do I Live" by LeAnn Rimes
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
November 22, 1997 – January 24, 1998
Succeeded by
"My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion

References

  1. ^ "Candle In The Wind raises £38 million for Diana's charities after Elton John's moving performance at Princess' funeral". Daily Mail. 11 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "17 Years Ago, Elton John's 'Candle In the Wind 1997' Started Its 14-Week No. 1 Run" (11 October 2014). Billboard. 11 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "RIAA News Room – The American Recording Industry Announces its Artists of the Century – Nov 10, 1999". Recording Industry Association of America website.   (certified sales)
  4. ^ Elton John: Biography | Rolling Stone Music Rolling Stone "Candle in the Wind 1997," easily became the all-time highest-certified single".
  5. ^ Guinness Book of Records, 2007 Edition, page 187
  6. ^ "BBC – Press Office: Elton John tops million sellers chart". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Elton John: Biography - Rolling Stone Music". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "The American Recording Industry Announces its Artists of the Century".  
  9. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for the week of 9/27/1997". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  11. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s.  
  12. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs (50-41)". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  13. ^ UK Top 10 Best Selling Singles ukcharts.20m.com

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