Together Forever (song)

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This article is about the Rick Astley song. For other songs with the same title, see Together Forever (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with the song "Forever Together" by Randy Travis.
"Together Forever"
Single by Rick Astley
from the album Whenever You Need Somebody
Released 1988
Recorded 1987
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:24
Label RCA
Writer(s) Stock Aitken Waterman
Producer(s) Stock Aitken Waterman
Rick Astley singles chronology
"When I Fall in Love/My Arms Keep Missing You"
(1987)
"Together Forever"
(1988)
"It Would Take a Strong Strong Man"
(1988)
Music video
"Together Forever" on YouTube

"Together Forever" is a song recorded by Rick Astley, which reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on 18 June 1988.

It was Astley's second and final U.S. chart-topper. It reached number 2 in Britain, being denied the top spot by Neighbours star Kylie Minogue with her debut single "I Should Be So Lucky". It uses a similar chord structure and melody to "Never Gonna Give You Up" (as with most songs produced by Stock Aitken Waterman at the time).

Cover versions[edit]

  • Alternative female pop duo The Softies recorded a cover of the song in 1996.
  • Released in 1999 from Dance Maniax and covered by Cydney D.
  • Korean-American pop singer Lena Park sang the song with Korean lyrics in 2001.
  • A remixed version of the song was released in 2003 by DJ Lhasa.
  • In 2006, a dance remix version of the song was recorded by Filipino pop singer and actress Jolina Magdangal. It was also the lead single from the 'Love Struck' movie soundtrack with an accompanying music video to promote the film.
  • A cover version of the song was recorded by Spanish singer José Galisteo for his 2007 debut English-language album Remember.
  • Master Blaster's track One second star has same melody as Astley's song.

Appearances in other media[edit]

  • In the early 1990s, an instrumental version of the song was the "Demo" song in some Casio electronic keyboards, such as the CA-100 and the MA-120.
  • The popular Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, which is known for naming each episode after an 80s hit song, named an episode after this song.
  • The song was featured once in the FX show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in the episode "The Aluminum Monster vs. Fatty McGoo".
  • Filipino entertainer Roderick Paulate used this song as his signature hit on his show, "Tonight with Dick and Carmi".

Formats and track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Together Forever" (Lover's Leap Remix) – 3:20
  2. "I'll Never Set You Free" – 3:30
12" maxi
  1. "Together Forever" (Lover's Leap Extended Remix) – 7:00
  2. "I'll Never Set You Free" – 3:30
12" maxi – "Together Forever / Megamix"
  1. "Together Forever" (Super Dub Mix)
  2. "Don't Say Goodbye"
  3. "Never Gonna Give You Up"
  4. "Whenever You Need Somebody"
  5. "Together Forever"

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
position
Austrian Singles Chart[1] 10
Canadian Singles Charts[2] 1
Dutch Top 40[3] 12
French SNEP Singles Chart[1] 18
German Singles Chart[4] 5
Irish Singles Chart[5] 1
Spain (AFYVE)[6] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[1] 14
UK Singles Chart[7] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks[8] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs[8] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1988) Position
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[9] 54
UK Singles Chart[10] 48
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 44
German Singles Chart 42
Preceded by
"One More Try" by George Michael
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
18 June 1988
Succeeded by
"Foolish Beat" by Debbie Gibson
Preceded by
"Like a Child" by Noel
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
28 May 1988
Succeeded by
"Divine Emotions" by Narada
Preceded by
"One More Try" by George Michael
Canadian RPM Singles Chart number-one single
25 June 1988 – 16 July 1988
Succeeded by
"New Sensation" by INXS

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Together Forever", various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved 14 February 2008)
  2. ^ Canadian RPM Top 100 Library and Archives Canada - RPM
    NOTE:searches for Rick Astley do not yield complete chart listings, one must search by date
  3. ^ Hit Dossier (ISBN 978-90-230-1254-2)
  4. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved 28 April 2008)
  5. ^ Irish Singles Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved 14 February 2008)
  6. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  7. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 28 April 2009)
  8. ^ a b c Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved 28 April 2008)
  9. ^ "1988 Belgian Flanders Singles Chart" (in Dutch). ultratop.be. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  10. ^ The Complete Book Of British Charts by Warwick/Kutner/Brown
  11. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1988". Retrieved 15 September 2009. 

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