Better (Tom Baxter song)

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Single by Boyzone
from the album Back Again... No Matter What
B-side Coming Home Now
Released 8 December 2008
Format Digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Pop
Length 3:36
Label Polydor
Writer(s) Tom Baxter, Sam Semple
Producer(s) Stephen Lipson
Boyzone singles chronology
"Love You Anyway"
"Gave It All Away"

"Better" is a song originally recorded and released as part of the album Skybound, released by independent British singer-songwriter Tom Baxter in January 2008. Baxter's version was also used on the soundtrack for the motion picture Run Fatboy Run.[1] The first version of the song to chart was a cover by Boyzone, released in December 2008 as the second and final single from their second greatest hits compilation, Back Again... No Matter What.


Boyzone's version of the song features both Ronan Keating and Stephen Gately on lead vocals. The single received less promotion than Love You Anyway, due to the band's tour commitments, and charted much lower, selling 30,000 copies and becoming Boyzone's first single to miss the top 3 in Ireland and the first to miss the top 5 in the UK.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Better" premiered on 14 October 2008. The entire video was shot in black and white, with each member of the group singing to a woman he is holding - with the exception of Stephen Gately, who is shown singing to a man - the only time a Boyzone video has depicted a same-sex love interest. The video marks the last appearance for Gately in a Boyzone video, due to his death in October 2009.

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[2]
  1. "Better" - 3:36
  2. "Coming Home Now" - 3:46

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
European Hot 100 Singles[3] 63
Irish Singles Chart[4] 26
Scottish Singles Chart[5] 21
UK Singles Chart[6] 22


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