Back for Good (album)

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Back for Good
Modern Talking - Back for Good.jpg
Studio album by
Released30 March 1998 (1998-03-30)
GenreEurodance, MOR
LabelBMG, Hansa
ProducerDieter Bohlen, Luis Rodríguez
Modern Talking chronology
In the Garden of Venus
Back for Good

Back for Good is the seventh album by Modern Talking, released on 30 March 1998 after the unexpected reunion of the duo. The German duo's seventh album was released after almost 11 years of absence. Back for Good is a collection of their previous hits which consists of 18 tracks, including four new songs, 13 previous hits in a redone format and one medley. Some of the group's earlier hits were rehashed and arranged differently, including "Lady Lai" and "Angie's Heart".

Back for Good entered the number one position in Germany on 13 April 1998 and spent a total of five weeks at the top,[1] it eventually earned 5 gold-awards in Germany alone for selling over 1,250,000 units.[2] The album Back For Good spent total of 54 weeks on the German album chart.[3]

Back for Good was also successful outside of Germany, topping the album charts of many other countries including Sweden, Finland, Norway, Switzerland and Austria.[4] Back for Good eventually went on to sell over three million copies in Europe alone.[5]

Music style[edit]

The reunion of Thomas Anders and Dieter Bohlen as Modern Talking resulted in a different sound compared to their original 1980s sound. The duo came back recording their materials based on the demand of the central European markets. The singles including "You're My Heart, You're My Soul '98" consisted of up-tempo beats as well as raps performed by Eric Singleton. Most of Modern Talking's materials could no longer be viewed as Europop, instead they were pure Electronic Music numbers with an exception of some of the tracks on Back for Good including the re-packaged versions of "Lady Lai" and "Give Me Peace on Earth" and the new ballads "I Will Follow You" and "Don't Play with My Heart".


AllMusic gave the album four stars out of five.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Dieter Bohlen.

1."You're My Heart, You're My Soul" (New Version)3:47
2."Brother Louie" (New Version)3:36
3."I Will Follow You"3:56
4."Cheri, Cheri Lady" (New Version)3:00
5."You Can Win If You Want" (New Version)3:25
6."Don't Play With My Heart"3:23
7."Atlantis Is Calling" (New Version)3:20
8."Geronimo's Cadillac" (New Version)3:02
9."Give Me Peace on Earth" (New Version)4:08
10."We Take the Chance"3:59
11."Jet Airliner" (New Version)3:51
12."Lady Lai" (New Version)4:56
13."Anything Is Possible"3:36
14."In 100 Years" (New Version)3:53
15."Angie's Heart" (New Version)3:28
16."You're My Heart, You're My Soul" (Mix '98) (feat. Eric Singleton)3:10
17."You Can Win If You Want" (Original No.1 Mix '84)3:40
18."No. 1 Hit Medley"7:03



Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[7] 1
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 1
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[10] 3
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[11] 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[13] 1
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[14] 1
French Albums (SNEP)[15] 2
Italian Albums (FIMI)[16] 14
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[17] 3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 3


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Belgium (BEA)[21] Platinum 50,000*
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[22] Platinum 74,348[22]
France (SNEP)[23] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[2] 5× Gold 1,250,000^
Italy (FIMI)[24] 2× Platinum 200,000*
Latvia (LaMPA)[25] Platinum 8,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[26] Gold 50,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[27] Platinum 50,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[28] Platinum 100,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[29] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[30] 2× Platinum 160,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[31] 2× Platinum 100,000^
Europe (IFPI)[5] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CHARTS-DEUTSCHLAND Album Top 100 (April 13, 1998)" (in German). Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  2. ^ a b "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Modern Talking; 'Back for Good')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  3. ^ "Chartverfolgung/MODERN TALKING/Longplay". Archived from the original on 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  4. ^ "Modern Talking: Back for Good". Archived from the original on 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  5. ^ a b "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 1999". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.
  6. ^ "Back for Good". AllMusic. Retrieved 2009-11-21.
  7. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH.
  8. ^ "Modern Talking: Back for Good" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  9. ^ " – Modern Talking – Back for Good". Hung Medien.
  10. ^ " – Modern Talking – Back for Good". Hung Medien.
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  12. ^ " – Modern Talking – Back for Good". Hung Medien.
  13. ^ " – Modern Talking – Back for Good" (in German). Hung Medien.
  14. ^ "Album Top 40 slágerlista – {{{year}}}. {{{week}}}. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ.
  15. ^ " – Modern Talking – Back for Good". Hung Medien.
  16. ^ " – Modern Talking – Back for Good". Hung Medien.
  17. ^ " – Modern Talking – Back for Good" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  18. ^ " – Modern Talking – Back for Good" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  19. ^ " – Modern Talking – Back for Good" (in French). Hung Medien.
  20. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved September 8, 2016.
  21. ^ "1998 Awards (FL 1P / WL 1P)". Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  22. ^ a b "Modern Talking" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  23. ^ "French album certifications – Modern Talking – Back for Good" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  24. ^ Armani, Luciano (2008). Premi della FIMI italiana [FIMI certifications] (in Italian). Milan. p. 23.
  25. ^ "Billboard Books (July 18, 1998)". Billboard Magazine. 1998-07-18. p. 53. Retrieved August 31, 2015. modern talking.
  26. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Modern Talking – Back for Good" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter Back for Good in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  27. ^ "IFPI Norway Certifications Archive" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  28. ^ "Polish album certifications – Modern Talking – Back for Good" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry.
  29. ^ "Spanish Certifications 1996-1999" (PDF). PROMUSICAE. Mediafire. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  30. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.
  31. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Modern Talking; 'Back for Good')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.

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