Greatest Day (Take That song)

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"Greatest Day"
Single by Take That
from the album The Circus
Released 24 November 2008
Recorded 2008
Genre Pop rock, soft rock
Length 4:01
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Take That
Producer(s) Take That, John Shanks
Take That singles chronology
"Rule the World"
"Greatest Day"
"Up All Night"

"Greatest Day" is a song by British pop group Take That. It was released through Polydor Records on 24 November 2008 as the lead single from their fifth studio album, The Circus (2008). The song was written and produced by Take That and co-produced by John Shanks.

The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the band's eleventh UK number-one single. It has since been certifified Gold in the United Kingdom for sales of over 400,000 copies.

Song information[edit]

"Greatest Day" was written by Take That themselves and was produced by John Shanks. The song was written and recorded at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill and was mixed in Los Angeles at the Jim Henson Studios.[1] Take That performed the song at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 on 6 November 2008, the first pan-European live performance by the band,[2] preceding the single's release on 24 November 2008.[3]

The band also performed the song live at Children in Need 2008 on the BBC on 14 November 2008, before donating £250,000 to the charity.[4] The song moves in 104 BPM and has a key signature of D flat major. Gary Barlow revealed on an episode of The Xtra Factor in 2011 that it took him 3–4 hours to write this song. Take That performed 'Greatest Day' at the 2009 Brit Awards. They performed the song live whilst upon a UFO stage prop but as the prop descended into the audience they were claimed to have lip synced. It was revealed after in Take That/Take Two that the technical people said they couldn't sing live as they were on the UFO stage prop. This was because of where they were positioned, which was right in front of the speakers, and if they had then the mics would have fed back.

Chart performance[edit]

'Greatest Day' debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart upon its release, and became the band's 11th number-one single.[5][6][7] It stayed at the top spot for one week before being succeeded by Leona Lewis.[8] In Ireland, the single peaked at number two.[9]

Music video[edit]

The video for "Greatest Day" was filmed on location in Los Angeles on top of a 60 storey building in the downtown area. It was directed by Meiert Avis, who previously shot videos for U2, Damien Rice, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.[1] The band shot the video while visiting producer John Shanks in the city who was mixing the album.[10] The video premiered on AOL on 22 October 2008.[11]

Track listings[edit]

UK CD single[12]
  1. "Greatest Day" (Radio Mix) - 4:01
  2. "Sleepwalking" - 3:43
German CD single[13]
  1. "Greatest Day" (Radio Mix) - 4:01
  2. "Sleepwalking" - 3:43
  3. "Here" - 3:41
  4. "Greatest Day" (Video) - 4:01

Charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
"If I Were a Boy" by Beyoncé
UK Singles Chart number-one single
30 November 2008 - 7 December 2008 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Run" by Leona Lewis

England football team[edit]

In March 2014, a re-recorded version of the song - featuring vocals from Barlow and other pop singers like Eliza Doolittle, Katy B and Spice Girls Melanie C and Emma Bunton, and former footballers such as Gary Lineker and Michael Owen - was announced as the official song for the England football team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.[22] However, it was later reported that the song was dropped as the official anthem of the team, and that The FA no longer had any plans to release the new recording of "Greatest Day" as a single.[23]


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  4. ^ "'Greatest' Children in Need show". BBC News. 15 November 2008. Retrieved 4 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Take That | Take That Have Greatest Day With Number One Single | Contactmusic
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  7. ^ Take That have Greatest Day with number one single
  8. ^ Leona knocks Take That off No.1 - Music News - Digital Spy
  9. ^ a b Irish IRMA Chart Archive
  10. ^ Jeremy Clarkson (1 November 2008). "Take That are back for good — Times Online". London: Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  11. ^ "Dean Piper’s World » Take That’s Greatest Day video to premiere on AOL!". Retrieved 2008-11-11. 
  12. ^ Take That Greatest Day UK 5" CD SINGLE (453949)
  13. ^ Take That Greatest Day Germany 5" CD SINGLE (458126)
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  22. ^ "Stars record England 2014 World Cup song". BBC News. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014. 
  23. ^ "FA drops Gary Barlow's official England 2014 World Cup song from starting line-up". The Independent. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 14 June 2014.