Evergreen (Westlife song)

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Promotional single by Westlife from the album World of Our Own
Released 2002
Format CD single
Recorded 2002
Olympic Studios, London, and A Side Productions' Studios, Stockholm
Genre Pop
Length 4:07
Label BMG
Writer Jorgen Elofsson, Per Magnusson, David Kreuger
Producer Per Magnusson, David Kreuger

"Evergreen" is a pop song, co-written by Jörgen Elofsson, Per Magnusson and David Kreuger, and originally recorded by Irish boy band Westlife. The song appears on their album World of Our Own, and was released as a single only in the Philippines, where it reached number three.


Chart (2001) Peak
Philippines (PARI) 3

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Written by Jörgen Elofsson, Per Magnusson and David Kreuger
  • Published by BMG Music Publishing / Good Ear Music / Peer Music / Warner-Chappell Music
  • Produced and arranged by Per Magnusson and David Kreuger for A Side Productions
  • Co-produced by Jörgen Elofsson
  • Stockholm Session Orchestra arranged and conducted by Ulf and Henrik Janson
  • Recorded at Olympic Studios, London, and A Side Productions' Studios, Stockholm
  • Engineered by Peter Lewis
  • Assistant engineering by Tim Roe
  • Orchestra recorded at R.O.A.M. Studios, Stockholm
  • Orchestra engineered by Fredrik Andersson
  • Mixed by Bernard Löhr at Olympic Studios, London, and Mono Studios, Stockholm
  • Keyboards by Per Magnusson
  • Programming by David Kreuger
  • Guitars by Esbjörn Öhrwall
  • Bass by Tomas Lindberg
  • Backing vocals by Anders von Hofsten, Jeanette Olsson and United Colours of Sound
  • Mastered by Richard Dowling at Transfermation

Will Young version[edit]

"Anything Is Possible" / "Evergreen"
Single by Will Young
from the album From Now On
Released 25 February 2002
Format CD single
Recorded 2002
Genre Pop
Length 4:07
Label Sony BMG
Writer(s) Jörgen Elofsson, Per Magnusson, David Kreuger
Producer(s) Per Magnusson, David Kreuger
Certification 3× Platinum (UK)
Will Young singles chronology
"Anything Is Possible" / "Evergreen"
"Light My Fire"

In 2002, the song was chosen to be the winner's single for the first series of Pop Idol and was recorded by the three finalists: Will Young, Gareth Gates and Darius Danesh. During the final, the song was performed by both Young and Gates. Young went on to win the show, and released "Evergreen" as a double A-side single, along with "Anything Is Possible", which was also recorded by the final three and performed by the final two. The song was later included on Young's debut album, From Now On (2002). Gates' version of the song was also released as a B-side to his single, "Unchained Melody".

Chart performance[edit]

"Evergreen" went straight to the number one spot in the UK Singles Chart and stayed there for three consecutive weeks, only to be knocked off the top spot by Gates' debut single, "Unchained Melody". It was the best-selling song of 2002 and was also the fastest-selling debut in UK chart history,[1] selling 403,027 copies on its day of release[2] and over 1.1 million copies by the end of the week.[3]

The song went on to sell over 1.79 million copies and in 2012 it appeared 14th in the official list of the all-time best-selling singles in the UK.[4] It was the biggest selling single of the 21st century[5] until 2015, when it was overtaken by "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.[6] It is also one of only seven songs to be certified triple Platinum in the UK, along with Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997", Aqua's "Barbie Girl", Cher's "Believe", "Happy",[7] Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" featuring Bruno Mars and Clean Bandit's "Rather Be" featuring Jess Glynne.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Anything Is Possible"
  2. "Evergreen"


Preceded by
"World of Our Own" by Westlife
UK number-one single
3 March 2002
Succeeded by
"Unchained Melody" by Gareth Gates


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  2. ^ "FOR THE RECORD". Daily Mirror (Trinity Mirror). 9 January 2006. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 
  3. ^ Wells, Matt (4 March 2002). "Pop Idol Will faces Top of the Pops ban". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "UK's million-selling singles: the full list". The Guardian. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Official Top 150 Biggest Selling Singles of the 21st Century revealed!". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Copsey, Rob (11 June 2015). "The Official Top 40 Biggest Selling Singles of the Millennium so far revealed". Official Charts Company. 
  7. ^ "Pharrell's Happy achieves rare triple platinum sales". BBC News. Retrieved 22 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Will Young: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "British single certifications – Will Young – Evergreen". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Evergreen in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
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