No Regrets (Robbie Williams song)

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"No Regrets"
Single by Robbie Williams
from the album I've Been Expecting You
Released 30 November 1998
Format CD single, cassette
Recorded 1998
Genre Pop rock
Length 5:11 (album version)
4:43 (radio edit)
Label Chrysalis
Writer(s) Robbie Williams
Guy Chambers
Producer(s) Guy Chambers
Steve Power
Certification Silver (BPI)
Robbie Williams singles chronology
"Millennium"
(1998)
"No Regrets"
(1998)
"Strong"
(1999)

"No Regrets" is a single by Robbie Williams from 1998. It was released as the second single from I've Been Expecting You. It became another top five hit for Williams in the United Kingdom. The song was written by Williams and Guy Chambers.

The song featured backing vocals by Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys and Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy.

The B-side, "Antmusic", was also featured on the soundtrack to the animated film, A Bug's Life. It is a cover of a song by Adam and the Ants. Another B-side, "Sexed Up", was later re-recorded for the Escapology album and released as a single in 2003.

The lyrics of "No Regrets" are about Williams' feelings about his time in (and departure from) his former band Take That. He frequently dedicates the song to the other members (Mark Owen, Gary Barlow, Jason Orange and Howard Donald) in live versions. Since reconciling with members of Take That, Williams frequently replaces the final line "I guess the love we once had is officially dead" with "I guess the love we once had is officially alive!"

On Take That's Progress Live tour in 2011, Williams performed the song with Donald, Orange, Owen and Barlow providing the backing vocals. The performance was much less angry, and more sentimental in tone.

Music video[edit]

The video has Williams at first performing in a Vegas-like show. He then realizes he can't fake being happy and leaves the stage. He walks to a petrol station, gets some petrol, and begins walking-through crowds, over roads, etc., dribbling petrol in a line the whole way. Finally, a spark is dropped at the petrol station and lights up the whole trail as Williams narrates the last part, which is symbolic of past events unerringly overshadowing the present.

Chart performance[edit]

When the single was released in 30 November 1998, it reached number four in the UK Singles Chart and went on to sell over 200,000 copies being certified Silver by the BPI.[1] Success worldwide was limited, but the song received substantial airplay to keep the album in the public eye for a few more weeks.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "No Regrets".

UK CD1
(Released 30 November 1998)

  1. "No Regrets" – 5:11
  2. "Antmusic" – 3:31
  3. "Deceiving Is Believing" – 4:30

UK CD2
(Released 30 November 1998)

  1. "No Regrets" – 5:11
  2. "There She Goes" (Live at the Forum) – 2:51
  3. "Sexed Up" (demo version) – 3:54
  4. "There She Goes" (Live at the Forum – enhanced video) – 2:51

Certifications and sales[edit]

Country Certification (if any) Sales/shipments
United Kingdom Silver[2] 200,000+

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998–99) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 34
France (SNEP)[4] 67
Germany (Media Control Charts)[5] 60
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 15
Italy (FIMI)[7] 12
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 71
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 29
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 43
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 4

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