5,6,7,8

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Not to be confused with the band The 5.6.7.8's.
"5,6,7,8"
Single by Steps
from the album Step One
B-side "Words of Wisdom"
Released 7 November 1997
Format CD single, cassette
Recorded 1997
Genre Pop, dance-pop, country pop
Length 3:22
Label Jive
Writer(s) Barry Upton, Steve Crosby
Certification Silver
Steps singles chronology
"5,6,7,8"
(1997)
"Last Thing on My Mind"
(1998)

"5,6,7,8" is the debut single by British pop group, Steps. The verses are performed by Lee Latchford-Evans, while Lisa Scott-Lee performs the middle 8 and the rest of the group join in for the choruses. The song's release coincided with a minor line dancing craze in the UK at the time.

Although it is only one of two Steps singles to miss the top ten in the UK, it is also one of their highest sellers. It remained in the top 20 for ten weeks and sold over 300,000 copies, more than some of their top 5 hits. In the UK it was the biggest selling single of the 1990s not to enter the top 10 in the UK Singles Chart.[citation needed] It did, however, top the charts in Australia.[1]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was filmed in Marbella, Spain. It features Steps performing the song and its dance routine in colour co-ordinating outfits. Lisa Scott-Lee is seen in a green bikini top and shorts with flowers on them, Faye Tozer is seen in a yellow bikini top and sarong whilst Claire Richards is seen in an orange bikini top and sarong. Both H and Lee Latchford-Evans are wearing their shirts undone and shorts which feature a mash-up of colours. At the end, Lisa is seen wearing a red halter neck lycra dress, Faye is seen wearing a red asymmetrical top and skirt and Claire is seen wearing a red long sleeved see-through top and leather trousers. Both H and Lee are seen wearing black t-shirts and red trousers. Throughout the video, Lisa, Faye and Claire are seen driving to the beach in a range rover and also playing turn tables. H and Lee are seen driving on quad bikes and also playing snooker. On the choruses, they are seen performing the famous dance routine. On one chorus, they are seen showing the actions to some boys and girls. At the end of the video, they are seen on stage at a beach party with an audience watching and dancing.

Use in popular media[edit]

Track listings[edit]

CD[1][edit]

  1. "5,6,7,8" (radio edit) – 3:22
  2. "5,6,7,8" (extended version) – 4:03
  3. "Words of Wisdom" – 3:52
  4. "5,6,7,8" (instrumental) – 2:54

Cassette[edit]

  1. "5,6,7,8" (radio edit) – 3:22
  2. "Words of Wisdom" – 3:52

Other remixes[edit]

  1. "5,6,7,8" (W.I.P. 2002 Remix)
  2. "5,6,7,8" (W.I.P Mix)
  3. "5,6,7,8" (Backing Track)

Charts[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart[1] 1
Belgium Singles Chart (Flanders)[1] 2
Dutch Singles Chart 27
New Zealand Singles Chart[1] 2
Sweden Singles Chart[1] 17
UK Singles Chart 14

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Position
Australian Singles Chart[2] 15
Preceded by
"You're Still the One" by Shania Twain
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
7 June 1998 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"All My Life" by K-Ci & JoJo

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "australian-charts.com - Steps - 5, 6, 7, 8". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 1998". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2013-01-02.