Better Best Forgotten

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"Better Best Forgotten"
CD2 cover
Single by Steps
from the album Step One
B-side "Why?"
Released 8 March 1999
(UK & Netherlands)
Format CD Single, cassette single
Recorded 1998
Length 3:42
Label Jive
Songwriter(s) Andrew Frampton & Pete Waterman
Producer(s) Mark Topham, Karl Twigg, Pete Waterman
Steps singles chronology
"Heartbeat / Tragedy"
"Better Best Forgotten"
"Thank ABBA for the Music"
"Heartbeat / Tragedy"
"Better Best Forgotten"
"Thank ABBA for the Music"

"Better Best Forgotten" is a song by London pop group Steps, released on 8 March 1999—only a month before the ABBA tribute single "Thank ABBA for the Music" was released. It is the final single to be taken from their debut album, Step One.

A stripped back ballad version of the track was performed during the 2012 Christmas with Steps tour. Better Best Forgotten features all three girls singing a verse each, with the boys joining in for the choruses.

Music video[edit]

The video has a watery-theme, and the group wear blue outfits. Group members Lee and H play with water pistols, and interfere with the girls' singing. During the video shoot, a glass wall collapsed on Faye Tozer.

Track listings[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Better Best Forgotten" (Radio edit)
2. "Why?"
  • Mark Topham
  • Karl Twigg
3. "Better Best Forgotten" (W.I.P. '99 Cream of Manchester Mix)
  • Frampton
  • Waterman

Credits and personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

It entered the UK Singles Chart at number 2 in March 1999, beaten by Boyzone's When the Going Gets Tough. It spent 17 weeks on the British charts and became the first single for Steps to fall off the charts and then re-enter.

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ "Steps – Better Best Forgotten". Discogs. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Steps – Better Best Forgotten CD2". Discogs. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "Steps – Better Best Forgotten Cassette". Discogs. Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Step One (Liner notes). Steps. Jive Records, EBUL. 1998. 0519112. 
  5. ^ "Better Best Forgotten" (Liner notes). Steps. Jive Records, EBUL. 1999. 0518492. 
  6. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 6 June 1999 - 12 June 1999". Official Charts Company (UK). Retrieved 15 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "British single certifications – Steps – Better Best Forgotten". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Better Best Forgotten in the search field and then press Enter.

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