By Request (Boyzone album)

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By Request
Boyzone By Request cover.jpg
Compilation album by
Released31 May 1999
ProducerMike Mangini, Trevor Steel, Carl Sturken, Nigel Wright, Absolute, Jim Steinman, Ian Curnow, Mark Hudson, Steve Mac
Boyzone chronology
Where We Belong
By Request
Ballads – The Love Song Collection
Singles from By Request
  1. "When the Going Gets Tough"
    Released: 1 March 1999
  2. "You Needed Me"
    Released: 10 May 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

By Request is the first greatest hits album by Irish boy band Boyzone. It was released on 31 May 1999 by Universal. The album is their best selling release to date, with sales of over 4 million copies worldwide.


The album contains all of the band's singles release since the start of their career in 1994, with the exception of the Irish-only single "Working My Way Back to You", the Japanese only-single "Believe in Me", the American-only single "Mystical Experience", which appears as a bonus track on the Australian release, "Te Garder Pres De Moi", which appears as a bonus track on the French release, and "Everyday I Love You", which despite being an international release, only appears on the Asian release of the album, and was released as a single from The Singles Collection: 1994-1999 in the United Kingdom. The album also Ronan Keating's first solo outing, "When You Say Nothing at All", plus three tracks only ever previously issued in the United States, on the American version of Where We Belong.

The album was released on 31 May 1999 via Universal, and was preceded by the album's lead single, "When the Going Gets Tough", released on 1 March 1999 as the official Comic Relief single for that year. The album was the second best selling album of the year in Britain, spending nine weeks atop the UK Album Chart, and was certified as 6x Platinum, selling more than four million copies worldwide to date.[2] As of December 2014, it has sold 1,814,966 copies in the UK.[3]

Track listing[edit]

1."I Love the Way You Love Me" (from Where We Belong)Victoria Shaw, Chuck CannonSteve Mac4:06
2."No Matter What" (from Where We Belong)Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Steinman, Nigel WrightWebber, Steinman, Wright4:32
3."All That I Need" (from Where We Belong)Evan Rogers, Carl SturkenRogers, Sturken3:42
4."Baby Can I Hold You" (from Where We Belong)Tracy ChapmanStephen Lipson3:15
5."Picture of You" (from Where We Belong)Ronan Keating, Nigel Kennedy, Paul Watkins, Paul WilsonAbsolute3:28
6."Isn't It a Wonder" (from A Different Beat)Keating, Ray Hedges, Martin BranniganRay Hedges3:30
7."A Different Beat" (from A Different Beat)Keating, Hedges, Brannigan, Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch, Stephen GatelyHedges4:10
8."Words" (from A Different Beat)Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice GibbPhil Harding, Ian Curnow3:55
9."Father and Son" (from Said and Done)Cat StevensHedges2:56
10."So Good" (from Said and Done)Keating, Duffy, Graham, Lynch, GatelyHedges3:04
11."Coming Home Now" (from Said and Done)Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch, Stephen GatelyHedges3:47
12."Key to My Life" (from Said and Done)Keating, Hedges, Brannigan, Graham, GatelyHedges3:45
13."Love Me for a Reason" (from Said and Done)David Jones, Johnny Bristol, Wade BrownHedges3:39
14."When the Going Gets Tough" (Previously unreleased)Wayne Anton Brathwaite, Barry James Eastmond, Mutt Lange, Billy OceanMac4:07
15."You Needed Me" (Previously unreleased)Randy GoodrumMac3:14
16."When You Say Nothing at All" (Previously unreleased)Paul Overstreet, Don SchlitzLipson4:18
17."All the Time in the World" (Previously unreleased)Desmond Child, Damon Robbins, Victoria StephensonMike Mangini4:15
18."I'll Never Not Need You" (B-Side to When the Going Gets Tough single)Diane WarrenMangini4:13
19."So They Told Me" (Previously unreleased)Steven Greenberg, Mark HudsonMangini3:28




Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[31] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[32] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[33] Gold 50,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[34] 2× Platinum 100,000^
Germany (BVMI)[35] Gold 250,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[36] 10× Platinum 150,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[37] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[38] 7× Platinum 105,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[40] 2× Platinum 100,000*
South Korea (RIAK) 45,548[41]
Sweden (GLF)[42] Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[43] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[45] 6× Platinum 1,814,966[44]
Europe (IFPI)[46] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*

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


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