By Request (Boyzone album)

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By Request
Boyzone By Request cover.jpg
Compilation album by Boyzone
Released 31 May 1999
Recorded 1994-1999
Genre Pop
Length 73:02
Label Universal
Producer Mike Mangini, Trevor Steel, Carl Sturken, Nigel Wright, Absolute, Jim Steinman, Ian Curnow, Mark Hudson
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
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

By Request is the first greatest hits album released by Irish boy band Boyzone. It has sold 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, and was certified as 6x Platinum, and has sold more than four million copies to date.[2] As of December 2014, it has sold 1,814,966 copies in the UK.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "I Love the Way You Love Me" (from Where We Belong) Victoria Shaw, Chuck Cannon Steve Mac 4:06
2. "No Matter What" (from Where We Belong) Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jim Steinman, Nigel Wright Webber, Steinman, Wright 4:32
3. "All That I Need" (from Where We Belong) Evan Rogers, Carl Sturken Rogers, Sturken 3:42
4. "Baby Can I Hold You" (from Where We Belong) Tracy Chapman Stephen Lipson 3:15
5. "Picture of You" (from Where We Belong) Ronan Keating, Nigel Kennedy, Paul Watkins, Paul Wilson Absolute 3:28
6. "Isn't It a Wonder" (from A Different Beat) Keating, Ray Hedges, Martin Brannigan Ray Hedges 3:30
7. "A Different Beat" (from A Different Beat) Keating, Hedges, Brannigan, Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch, Stephen Gately Hedges 4:10
8. "Words" (from A Different Beat) Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb Phil Harding, Ian Curnow 3:55
9. "Father and Son" (from Said and Done) Cat Stevens Hedges 2:56
10. "So Good" (from Said and Done) Keating, Duffy, Graham, Lynch, Gately Hedges 3:04
11. "Coming Home Now" (from Said and Done) Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch, Stephen Gately Hedges 3:47
12. "Key to My Life" (from Said and Done) Keating, Hedges, Brannigan, Graham, Gately Hedges 3:45
13. "Love Me for a Reason" (from Said and Done) David Jones, Johnny Bristol, Wade Brown Hedges 3:39
14. "When the Going Gets Tough" (Previously unreleased) Wayne Anton Brathwaite, Barry James Eastmond, Mutt Lange, Billy Ocean Mac 4:07
15. "You Needed Me" (Previously unreleased) Randy Goodrum Mac 3:14
16. "When You Say Nothing at All" (Previously unreleased) Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz Lipson 4:18
17. "All the Time in the World" (Previously unreleased) Desmond Child, Damon Robbins, Victoria Stephenson Mike Mangini 4:15
18. "I'll Never Not Need You" (B-Side to When the Going Gets Tough single) Diane Warren Mangini 4:13
19. "Walk On (So They Told Me)" (Previously unreleased) Steven Greenberg, Mark Hudson Mangini 3:28



Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[28] Platinum 70,000^
Belgium (BEA)[29] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[30] Gold 50,000^
Germany (BVMI)[31] Gold 250,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[32] 10× Platinum 150,000x
Netherlands (NVPI)[33] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[34] 7× Platinum 105,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[36] 2× Platinum 100,000*
South Korea (RIAK)[37] 4x Platinum 45,548[38]
Sweden (GLF)[39] Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[40] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] 6× Platinum 1,814,966[42]
Europe (IFPI)[43] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*

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



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