Best Years of Our Lives (song)

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"Best Years of Our Lives"
Single by Modern Romance
Released 1982
Genre Pop, salsa, new wave
Length 2:35
Label WEA
Producer(s) Tony Visconti
Modern Romance singles chronology
"Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White"
(1982)
"Best Years of Our Lives"
(1982)
"High Life (1983 song)"
(1983)

"Best Years of Our Lives" is the title of a song recorded by English band Modern Romance. It was released in October 1982 as a 7-inch single and 12-inch single by WEA. A Japanese and German edition was also released.[1][2][3]

Formats[edit]

7-inch single[edit]

The 7-inch single was available in two versions:

  • Best Years of Our Lives
  • We've Got Them Running (The Counting Song)

A limited edition "Xmas Party Mix" remix of the song became available as a 7-inch single over Christmas 1982, which received substantial radio airplay in place of the original version over Christmas 1982.

12-inch single[edit]

  • Best Years of Our Lives (Parts 1&2) Midnight Mix
  • Best Years of Our Lives (Parts 1&2) Extended Mix
  • We've Got Them Running (The Counting Song)

Chart position[edit]

Chart (1982-1983) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA) 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 11
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 4

History[edit]

"Best Years of Our Lives" was the biggest selling single for Modern Romance. It was the first single to feature Michael J. Mullins as lead vocalist and peaked at #4 on the UK chart in late 1982. The single can be found on Modern Romance's two hit albums, Trick of the Light (1983) and Party Tonight (1983). It also made an appearance on their farewell single, Best Mix of Our Lives (1985) with four other singles: High Life (1983 song), Don't Stop That Crazy Rhythm, Everybody Salsa, and Ay Ay Ay Ay Moosey. It served as a 7-inch single [re-mix] on the B-side of Best Mix of Our Lives and as a 12-inch single [re-mix] on the B-side of the 12-inch version of Best Mix ....

The original B-side, We've Got Them Running (The Counting Song), is taken from the Modern Romance debut studio album Adventures in Clubland and features the lead vocals of Geoff Deane. It was written by Modern Romance founder member, David Jaymes.[4] The latest appearance of Best Years ... is on the compilation CD Modern Romance: The Platinum Collection (2006).[5][6][7]

As part of a long string of cover version songs, Black Lace released their re-creation in 1989.

Personnel[edit]

Baha Men version[edit]

"The Best Years of Our Lives"
Single by Baha Men
from the album Shrek: Music from the Original Motion Picture and Move It Like This
Released June 11, 2001
Format CD single
Genre Reggae, Dance-pop, Pop-rap
Length 2:58
Label S-Curve
Writer(s) Rick Carey, Geoffrey Deane, David Jaymes, Marvin Prosper
Baha Men singles chronology
"You All Dat"
(2001)
"The Best Years of Our Lives"
(2001)
"Move It Like This"
(2002)

In 2001, the song regained popularity after it was covered by the soca/reggae band Baha Men (retitled as The Best Years of Our Lives) and featured in the hit 2001 computer animation film Shrek.[8]

It was the Baha Men's sixth single and reached number 49 on the Australian ARIA Charts and number 70 on the Swiss Music Charts. It appeared on their album Move It Like This.

Critical reception[edit]

The Baha Men version received generally positive reviews. According to the Baltimore Afro-American, the song was "shaping up to be a worthy follow-up to Who Let the Dogs Out?,"[9] while Terry vanHorn of MTV.com called it a "playful dance song."[10] Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen, also of MTV.com, referred to the song as upbeat.[11]

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[12] 49
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[12] 66
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 70

References[edit]

  1. ^ Modern Romance, Discography, Best Years of Our Lives, Discogs Website. Accessed 27 April 2011.
  2. ^ Lee-Williams, Matt: Modern Romance Biography, Internet Movie Database. Accessed 28 April 2011.
  3. ^ Lee-Williams, Matt: Jaymes, David, Biography, Internet Movie Database. Accessed 28 April 2011.
  4. ^ Best Years of Our Lives, 1982, Discogs Website [accessed] 28 April 2011.
  5. ^ Modern Romance, Discography, Best Years of Our Lives, Discogs Website, [accessed] 27 April 2011.
  6. ^ Lee-Williams, Matt: Modern Romance Biography, Internet Movie Database [accessed] 28 April 2011.
  7. ^ Lee-Williams, Matt: Jaymes, David, Biography, Internet Movie Database [accessed] 28 April 2011.
  8. ^ Shrek soundtrack
  9. ^ "Baha Men featured on the soundtrack for "Shrek"". Baltimore Afro-American. 4 May 2001. Retrieved 20 March 2011. 
  10. ^ MTV.com
  11. ^ MTV.com II
  12. ^ a b c "Best Years of Our Lives", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved 10 April 2008)

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