Story of My Life (One Direction song)

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"Story of My Life"
Single by One Direction
from the album Midnight Memories
Released 25 October 2013 (2013-10-25)
Format
Recorded 2013
Genre Pop, folk-pop
Length 4:05
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
  • Julian Bunetta
  • John Ryan
One Direction singles chronology
  • "Story of My Life"
  • (2013)

"Story of My Life" is a song recorded by British-Irish boy band One Direction. It was released on 25 October 2013 by Syco Music and Columbia Records as the second single from the group's third studio album, Midnight Memories (2013). Written by Jamie Scott, and John Ryan,[1][2][3][4] the lyrics speak of a tumultuous relationship leading to lament and heartbreak.

Composition[edit]

"Story of My Life" is a mid-tempo, guitar-driven folk-pop song with influences of arena rock, alternative rock and neo folk. It runs for a total of four minutes and six seconds. Idolator compared the song to the works of Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and Mumford & Sons.[1][4]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received positive reviews from critics. Sam Lanksy of Idolator called the song "surprisingly great" and noted it was a "mature midpoint" between the group's signature "rollicking pop-rock confection[s]" and "dreary ballads". Lanksy additionally called the song "merciful" and complimented it for using alternative-folk influences without "smell[ing] like spilled beer".[4] Amy Sciarretto of PopCrush gave the song 4 out of 5 stars, calling it a "contemplative, acoustic guitar-driven song" and complimenting it for being "more memorable" than any of the group's previous works. Sciarretto noted that the song would resonate with listeners of many different ages and showed that One Direction "isn't just a boy band"; although noted the song was not as "crazy catchy" as their previous songs.[1] Lauren Wheeler of TheCelebrityCafe.com gave the song 5 out of 5 stars noting that the lyrics were "reflective" and "much deeper than some of their bigger hits." Wheeler added that the song showed that One Direction "not only have range, but also have matured through their music."[5]

Chart performance[edit]

On 31 October 2013, the song debuted at number one on the Irish Singles Chart, becoming One Direction's fourth number-one single in Ireland.[6] The song also debuted at number one in New Zealand, becoming both their second number-one debut and single on the New Zealand Singles Chart.[7] The single has been unsuccessful in reaching number one in the UK on three occasions, firstly by debuting at number four, then climbing to three, and finally by stalling at two—although it was at number one on the iTunes for the entirety of that week and it peaked at number one on the UK Singles Downloads Chart. In Australia, the song debuted at number three on the ARIA Charts and has since been certified Gold.[8]

In the United States, it charted at number six, giving the band their fourth U.S. top ten single. It has charted in the top 15 for 19 weeks, seven of those in the top 10, and has become the band's second-highest selling single in the U.S. after their debut single "What Makes You Beautiful" (2011). The song also reached number one on the Adult Pop Songs chart, becoming One Direction's first number one on a U.S. airplay chart.[9] It has sold over 2.5 million digital copies in the U.S. as of December 2014.[10]

Music video[edit]

Three days before the music video was uploaded, three teasers were posted, once each day. Zayn Malik and Liam Payne also posted a picture from the video with Malik posting a picture with his sister.[11][12]

The video was directed by Ben Winston, who also directed the video for their previous single "Best Song Ever". The video was accidentally published and leaked by Vevo two days earlier when they were supposed to upload the second teaser for the music video, but it was immediately removed.[13] It was then officially uploaded on November 3, 2013. The video features some the band's family members: Zayn's sister, Harry Styles's mother, Liam's parents and sisters, Niall Horan's brother and Louis Tomlinson's grandparents (two of whom are now deceased). It starts in a dark room with the band developing photos. Afterwards, certain family photos for each member are shown, and the photos morph into the same family members doing a current recreation of the photos.[14] Photos included in the video consist of: Zayn, aged 7, with his little sister; Louis, aged 8, with his grandparents; Harry, aged 4, with his mother; Niall, aged 4, with his brother being aged 10 when the photo was taken; Liam aged 10, with his family dressed formally.

Cover versions[edit]

In 2014, Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss) and Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) covered the song in the Glee episode "Back-up Plan".[15][16] In November 2013, Rudimental covered the song at BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.[17] In January 12, 2014, the song was performed by Bugoy Cariño, Harvey Bautista, Izzy Canillo, Clarence Delgado and JB Agustin on the Philippine sketch comedy children's series Goin' Bulilit. Acappella group and The Singoff winners Home Free also have covered the song.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Story of My Life" – 4:04
  2. "Little Things" (live version from the motion picture One Direction: This Is Us) – 3:48
  1. "Story of My Life" – 4:04
  2. "Story of My Life" (live X Factor performance) – 4:18
  3. "Rock Me" (live version from the motion picture One Direction: This Is Us) – 4:18
  4. "C'mon C'mon" (live version from the motion picture One Direction: This Is Us) – 3:28

Charts and certifications[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[54] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[55] 2× Platinum 160,000^
Italy (FIMI)[56] Gold 15,000*
Germany (BVMI)[57] Gold 150,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[58] Platinum 250,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[59] Platinum 60,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[60] Gold 15,000x
Norway (IFPI Norway)[61] 5× Platinum 50,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[62] Platinum 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[63] Gold 400,000^
United States (RIAA)[64] 2× Platinum 2,500,000[10]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

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