Best Song Ever (song)

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"Best Song Ever"
Best Song Ever by One Direction.png
Single by One Direction
from the album Midnight Memories
Released 22 July 2013
Recorded December 2012
  • 3:22 (album version)
  • 6:12 (video version)
One Direction singles chronology
"One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)"
"Best Song Ever"
"Story of My Life"
"One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)"
"Best Song Ever"
"Story of My Life"
Music video
"Best Song Ever" on YouTube

"Best Song Ever" is a song recorded by English-Irish boy band One Direction. It was released on 22 March 2013 by Syco and as the lead single from the group's third studio album, Midnight Memories. Written by Wayne Hector, John Ryan, Ed Drewett, Julian Bunetta and produced by Bunetta, Matt Rad and Ryan, the song was recorded in 2012 and runs for 3 minutes and 21 seconds.[1] It was announced by One Direction in a video uploaded to their YouTube channel on 25 June 2013.[2]

The trailer for This Is Us was released thirty minutes after the video was uploaded, and included a short preview of the song.[3] The song became available for pre-order on iTunes on 26 June 2013. The song was included in the box set of the Brit Awards, 2014 BRIT Awards.[4]

The song debuted and peaked at number two on both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100.

Music video[edit]

The music video was filmed over two days at The Temple House in Miami Beach, Florida.[5] The video was directed by Ben Winston and written by Winston and comedian James Corden. It was released on the band's Vevo channel on 22 July 2013.

The video, which is over six minutes long, features the band going into an office in Hollywood and talking to two executives named Harvey and less Grossman (Tom Cruise) (Niall Horan and Louis Tomlinson, respectively) after being led in by Veronica, the sexy assistant (Zayn Malik). Marcel, the nerdy marketing guy (Harry Styles), shows them photoshopped pictures of the band in ridiculous outfits and even has a flamboyant choreographer named Leeroy (Liam Payne) demonstrate his ideas for new dance moves. Insulted by this attempt to box them into the boy band stereotype, the band erupts into the song and starts wreaking havoc by throwing things around the office. Interspersed with clips from their film, This Is Us, the band continues to destroy the office and even shows off a "dance routine," poking fun at their perceived lack of dancing prowess. The video ends as they nail a poster of themselves to the wall and Zayn spray paints the words "this is us" on it, presumably to let people know that they will continue to be themselves despite their growing success and popularity.

The video broke the Vevo 24-hour record with 12.3 million views, although the record was later broken by Miley Cyrus's "Wrecking Ball", which garnered 19.3 million views.[6]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4.5/5 stars[7]
Click Music 1.5/5 stars[8]
Common Sense Media 3/5 stars[9]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[10]
PopCrush 3.5/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[12]

"Best Song Ever" received mixed to positive reviews from contemporary music critics. Amy Sciaretto of PopCrush awarded the song 3 and a half out of 5 stars, stating that "the first 20 seconds and intro of the song" were likely an "intentional homage" to The Who's "Baba O'Riley", however that the rest of the song was "signature 1D". Sciaretto went on to call the song "flirty, fluffy, and fun", dubbing the track "anthemic" and "cute", however stated that the song was not as catchy as their previous singles "Live While We're Young" and "Kiss You" and that it wasn't their best work.[11] Click Music reacted negatively to the song, giving it 1 and a half stars out of 5, describing it as "tiresome" and called the song's writers "creatively barren", accusing them of plagiarism of The Who's "Baba O'Riley". It also called the song a representation of "the laziest, most mind-numbing trends in modern pop".[8]

Giving the song 4 and a half stars, Bill Lamb of wrote: "It is not THE "Best Song Ever," but this is arguably One Direction's best song ever, and that is a very good thing." He called the song loose, playful, and all in good fun; a great intro to their new album, and the best of past One Direction concentrated in one song. He noted the beefed-up production giving it a pleasing rock feel. "Pros: Upbeat, playful energy, Charm that induces smiles, Classic rock references. Cons: No mistakes here."[7] Popdust's Samantha Martin stated that the song did not "live up to its titular goal", and that some of the song's lyrics were contradicting. Martin described the song as a youthful "celebration", stating it was "definitely for the kids" and stated it wasn't their best work, however nonetheless described the song as "fantastically catchy" and praised Zayn Malik's "falsetto shriek" at the end of the song and compared the song's use of the name Georgia Rose to The Beatles.[13]

Live performances[edit]

The group performed the song live for the first time on 30 July 2013 at the SAP center in San Jose, California during their Take Me Home Tour concert. The song was added to the setlist of the concert to all proceeding shows of the American leg. The groups first televised performance of the single was at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards on 11 August. The group also performed the song, along with some of their other hits, on The Today Show on 23 August and on America's Got Talent on 28 August, and again on the The X Factor Australia on 27 October. On 1 November, they performed the song again on the Japanese music show Music Station. They performed it for the first time on British television on 15 November at Children in Need 2013. Since its release, the song has closed out all shows for the 2014 Where We Are Tour and the 2015 On the Road Again Tour.

In popular culture[edit]

"Weird Al" Yankovic covered the song as part of his polka medley "NOW That's What I Call Polka!" for his 2014 album Mandatory Fun.[14] The song is featured in the video game series Just Dance 2015.

Track listings[edit]

CD single[15]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Best Song Ever"
  • Hector
  • Ryan
  • Bunetta
  • Drewett
2. "Last First Kiss" (Live Version from the Motion Picture One Direction: This Is Us)
  • Albin Nedler
  • Kristoffer Fogelmark
  • Rami Yacoub
  • Cark Falk
  • Savan Kotecha
  • Zayn Malik
  • Liam Payne
  • Louis Tomlinson
Maxi single[16]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Best Song Ever"
  • Hector
  • Ryan
  • Bunetta
  • Drewett
2. "Best Song Ever" (Jump Smokers Remix)
  • Hector
  • Ryan
  • Bunetta
  • Drewett
3. "Best Song Ever" (Westfunk & Steve Smart Remix)
  • Hector
  • Ryan
  • Bunetta
  • Drewett
4. "Last First Kiss" (Live Version from the Motion Picture One Direction: This Is Us)    



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[57] Platinum 70,000^
Italy (FIMI)[58] Gold 15,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[59] Gold 100,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[60] Gold 30,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[61] Gold 7,500*
Sweden (GLF)[62] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[63] Gold 406,000[64]
United States (RIAA)[65] Platinum 1,000,000[66]
Venezuela (APFV)[67] Gold 5,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
France[68] 22 July 2013 Digital download Sony
United Kingdom[71] Syco
United States[72] Columbia
United States[73] 23 July 2013 Mainstream radio
Germany[74] 16 August 2013 Maxi single Sony
France[75] 19 August 2013
United Kingdom[76] Syco
United States[15] 20 August 2013 CD single Columbia
Japan[77] 21 August 2013 Maxi single Sony
Italy[78] 27 August 2013


"Best Song Ever" won the award for Best Song of the Summer at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards.

Year Ceremony Award Result
2013 MTV Video Music Awards Best Song of Summer Won
Rockbjörnen Best International Song Nominated
World Music Awards World's Best Song
World's Best Video


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