The Six Teens (song)

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"The Six Teens"
Single by Sweet
from the album Desolation Boulevard
B-side "Burn on the Flame"
Released July 1974
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1974
Genre Hard rock, glam rock
Length 04:01
Label RCA
Writer(s) Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman
Producer(s) Phil Wainman, Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman
Sweet singles chronology
"Teenage Rampage"
(1974)
"The Six Teens"
(1974)
"Turn It Down"
(1974)
Desolation Boulevard (European version) track listing
"The Six Teens"
(1)
"Solid Gold Brass"
(2)
Desolation Boulevard (US version) track listing
Ballroom Blitz
(1)
"The Six Teens"
(2)
"No You Don't"
(3)

"The Six Teens" (often spelled as "The Sixteens") is a 1974 song by British glam rock band Sweet, written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, appearing on Sweet's album Desolation Boulevard. The song was Sweet's first single simply as "Sweet" (previously, the band was known as The Sweet).

The song was written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman. The song is about a failed youth rebellion, and tells about the fate of six kids who are growing up in the revolutionary rhetoric of the 60s. The title "the six teens" is a word play on the number sixteen (16), separated changing the meaning to refer to six teenagers instead. The song was the second last single by Sweet written by Chinn and Chapman, before they finally left the band alone.

Most of the song is slow and melodic, but at the same time, the song is mostly a hard rock song. Guitarist Andy Scott played both acoustic and distorted guitars for the song. As a B-side, the band did record "Burn on the Flame", who was credited to all the group's members.

The single reached the top 10 spot in several European countries, and #1 in Denmark. It was the 10th time that happened, as all of the groups singles had reached number #1 in Denmark.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
position
Australia Australia 48
Austria Austria 9
Denmark Denmark 1
Finland Finland 8
Germany Germany 4
Republic of Ireland Ireland 15
Netherlands Netherlands 7
Norway Norway 7
Switzerland Switzerland 6
United Kingdom United Kingdom 2


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