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"Best Song Ever"
Best Song Ever by One Direction.png
Single by One Direction
from the album Midnight Memories
B-side
Released 22 July 2013
Format
Recorded December 2012
Length
  • 3:22 (album version)
  • 6:12 (video version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
One Direction singles chronology
"One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)"
(2013)
"Best Song Ever"
(2013)
"Story of My Life"
(2013)
"One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)"
(2013)
"Best Song Ever"
(2013)
"Story of My Life"
(2013)
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 July 2013 by Syco as the lead single from the group's third studio album, Midnight Memories. The song was written and composed by Wayne Hector, Ed Drewett and Matt Rad, along with the band's regular collaborators Julian Bunetta and John Ryan.

"Best Song Ever" debuted and peaked at number two on both the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100, making it their highest charting single in the United States to date. The song was kept off the top spot only by Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines".

Critical response[edit]

"Best Song Ever" received positive reviews from music critics. Amy Sciaretto of PopCrush awarded the song 3.5 out of 5 stars, stating that "the first 20 seconds" were likely an "intentional homage" to The Who's "Baba O'Riley". Sciaretto also described "Best Song Ever" as "anthemic" and "cute", however commented that it wasn't the band's best work, preferring their previous singles "Live While We're Young" and "Kiss You".[1] Will Hermes from Rolling Stone gave "Best Song Ever" a score of 4 out of 5 stars, describing the track as "pretty irresistible".[2] Lewis Corner at Digital Spy also awarded the song 4 out of 5 stars, writing: "Sure the lyrics are cheesier than a 6-pack of Wotsits, and yes the sentiment is cornier than a Disney Channel rom-com, but as far as boyband pop anthems go it skirts dangerously close to fulfilling its title."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Best Song Ever" was directed by Ben Winston and written by comedian James Corden[4]. Filmed over two days at The Temple House in Miami Beach, Florida,[5] the video was released on the band's Vevo channel on 22 July 2013.

The video is over six minutes long and features the band arguing with clueless studio executives in a battle over their new image. Niall Horan plays Harvey (a parody of film producer Harvey Weinstein) and Louis Tomlinson plays Jonny (a parody of Tom Cruise's character in Tropic Thunder), while Zayn Malik plays their sexy assistant Veronica. The duo are stoked on how to take the band to the proverbial next level but proceed to bring in an under-qualified crew consisting of Marcel, the dweeby marketing guy (Harry Styles) and Leeroy, the overzealous choreographer (Liam Payne). Interspersed with scenes from their film One Direction: This is Us, the band are shown, wrecking havoc throughout the office and even throwing in a few dance moves for good measure.[6]

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.[7]

Live performances[edit]

The group performed "Best Song Ever" 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 subsequently added to the set-list to all proceeding shows of the American leg. The group's 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, on America's Got Talent on 28 August, and again on The X Factor Australia on 27 October. On 15 November, the group performed "Best Song Ever" for the first time on British television at Children in Need 2013. Since its release, the song closed out all concerts for the 2014 Where We Are Tour and the 2015 On the Road Again Tour.

In popular culture[edit]

Musicians such as Gabrielle Aplin[8] and The Vamps[9] have covered "Best Song Ever". "Weird Al" Yankovic also covered the song as part of his polka medley "NOW That's What I Call Polka!" for his 2014 album Mandatory Fun.[10] The song is featured in the video game series Just Dance 2015. The song is also used for the commercial of Nestea in the Philippines in 2017.

Track listings[edit]

CD single[11]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Best Song Ever"
  • Hector
  • Ryan
  • Bunetta
  • Drewett
3:22
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[12]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Best Song Ever"
  • Hector
  • Ryan
  • Bunetta
  • Drewett
3:22
2. "Best Song Ever" (Jump Smokers Remix)
  • Hector
  • Ryan
  • Bunetta
  • Drewett
3:08
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)    

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[53] Platinum 70,000^
Italy (FIMI)[54] Gold 15,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[55] Gold 100,000^
Mexico (AMPROFON)[56] Gold 30,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[57] Gold 7,500*
Sweden (GLF)[58] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[59] Gold 406,000[60]
United States (RIAA)[61] Platinum 1,000,000[62]
Venezuela (APFV)[63] Gold 5,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
France[64] 22 July 2013 Digital download Sony
Germany[65]
Italy[66]
United Kingdom[67] Syco
United States[68] Columbia
United States[69] 23 July 2013 Mainstream radio
Germany[70] 16 August 2013 Maxi single Sony
France[71] 19 August 2013
United Kingdom[72] Syco
United States[11] 20 August 2013 CD single Columbia
Japan[73] 21 August 2013 Maxi single Sony
Italy[74] 27 August 2013

Awards[edit]

"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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