By My Side (INXS song)

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"By My Side"
By My Side INXS.jpg
Single by INXS
from the album X
Released30 March 1991
Format7", 12", CD single, CD maxi single
GenreAlternative rock
Songwriter(s)Michael Hutchence, Andrew Farriss, Chris Thomas
Producer(s)Chris Thomas
INXS singles chronology
"By My Side"
"Bitter Tears"

"By My Side" is a single by Australian band INXS, the third UK single and fourth Australian single taken from their album X. The song is a piano, strings and acoustic guitar-based ballad with a big chorus.

The song was written by Andrew Farriss and Michael Hutchence as part of the 1990 sessions for the X album. Record producer Chris Thomas, who produced the album, is also given songwriting credits, specifically contributing to the chorus and arrangement, as explained in the liner notes for the X album special edition in 2002.

"By My Side" peaked at number 42 on the UK Singles Chart, which was the band's poorest chart performance since first breaking into the UK top 40 with "New Sensation" in 1988.

Along with "Never Tear Us Apart", "By My Side" was one of two INXS songs played at the funeral of frontman Michael Hutchence following his suicide on 22 November 1997.[1]

"By My Side" was used in commercials for Australian insurer NRMA from 2002–2008.[2]

The song also appeared in the final episode of the Moviecity TV series Lynch.

In February 2014, after the Channel 7 screening of INXS: Never Tear Us Apart mini-series, "By My Side" charted again in Australia through download sales. It peaked at number 67 on the ARIA Singles Chart.


The three B-sides are a David Morales remix of their previous hit, "Disappear" and two band solo compositions: "The Other Side", written and performed by guitarist and saxophonist, Kirk Pengilly, and "Soothe Me", written and performed by guitarist and keyboard player, Andrew Farriss.

Track listing[edit]

  • UK 7" / Cassette single
  1. "By My Side" (LP version)
  2. "The Other Side"
  • UK 12" single
  1. "By My Side" (The Movie Mix)
  2. "The Other Side"
  3. "Faith in Each Other" (live)
  • UK CDS
  1. "By My Side" (LP version)
  2. "The Other Side"
  3. "Faith in Each Other" (live)
  4. "Disappear" (Morales Remix)
  • Japanese Maxi CD / Australian CD poster pack
  1. "By My Side" (The Movie Mix)
  2. "By My Side" (LP version)
  3. "Soothe Me"
  4. "Faith in Each Other" (live)
  • Australian Cassette maxi single
  1. "By My Side" (Movie Mix)
  2. "By My Side" (LP version)
  3. "Soothe Me"
  4. "Faith in Each Other" (live)


Chart (1991) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 23
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 25
France (SNEP)[5] 48
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 56
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[7] 27
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 35
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 42


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 August 2004. Retrieved 13 December 2009.
  3. ^ " – INXS – By My Side". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  4. ^ " – INXS – By My Side" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  5. ^ " – INXS – By My Side" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  6. ^ " – INXS – By My Side". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 16, 1991" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  8. ^ " – INXS – By My Side" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 31 May 2018.