For the First Time (The Script song)

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"For the First Time"
The script-for the first time s.jpg
Single by The Script
from the album Science & Faith
Released20 August 2010[1]
GenrePop rock
  • Danny O'Donoghue
  • Mark Sheehan
  • Andrew Frampton
The Script singles chronology
"Before the Worst"
"For the First Time"

"For the First Time" is a song by Irish pop rock band The Script. Written by band members Danny O'Donoghue and Mark Sheehan, the song was released on 20 August 2010 as the lead single from the band's second studio album Science & Faith. It debuted at number one on the Irish Singles Chart, becoming The Script's first number-one single.[2] The Wanted covered this song live on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge and used that version in their EP Lose My Mind


Danny O'Donoghue told the story behind the song in an interview with Merrick, Dools & Ricki-Lee on Sydney radio station Nova 96.9. Said O'Donoghue: "The song 'For the First Time' was about a time when we got back after touring around the world. We wanted to press palms with the people who had really gotten us there, and we got home and realised there's a stark reality out there, the recession, people are losing their jobs and their valuable things, and we thought, it almost pales in comparison to your news. We started the song, and it ended up being a bit bleak and we felt we really needed a great message in these, to turn it around... so we needed a message of hope, as people are being stripped of all these things they're realizing what's really important. It's all about going back to basics: drinking cheap wine, eating your dinner off the floor. That's when you meet each other for the first time, when you have nothing."

The song was sampled by the band for the track Good Ol' Days off their third studio album 3 (2012). The song was also sampled by rapper Machine Gun Kelly, or MGK, for his track "Her Song" off of the "EST 4 Life" (2012) mixtape.

Music video[edit]

The music video features band members of The Script within a studio and clips of a couple who have emigrated from Ireland to New York City. The characters in the music video are played by Eve Hewson, daughter of U2's Bono, and Luke Treadaway.[3][4] The video was inspired by O. Henry's short story The Gift of the Magi.

Chart performance[edit]

"For the First Time" debuted on the Irish Singles Chart at number one on 10 September 2010, knocking Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" from the top spot. This marks the band's first number-one single and third top-ten hit in Ireland. On its second week on the chart, the single remained at the top spot. The single debuted at number five on the UK Singles Chart before moving up to number four the following week. In Australia, "For the First Time" debuted and peaked at number 12 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart. It reached number four on the US Billboard Adult Top 40 chart and number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100. This is their third song that has hit both of these charts. The song was certified Gold in the U.S. by the RIAA, meaning the song has been downloaded 500,000 times. As of June 2011, the song was sold 1,000,000 times in the United States.[5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "For The First Time" – 4:11
  2. "Breakeven" (Live At Shepherd's Bush Empire) – 4:30
  • Digital download[7]
  1. "For The First Time" – 4:11
  2. "For The First Time" (Music Video) – 4:41





Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[32] Platinum 70,000^
Italy (FIMI)[33] Gold 25,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[34] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[35] Platinum 1,489,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "The Irish Charts – Search Results – For The First Time". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Singer Bono | Eve Hewson | The Strips | Latest Music Video | Sean Penn – Oneindia Entertainment". 3 September 2010. Retrieved 19 September 2010.
  4. ^ "Bono's daughter stars in Script video – RTÉ Ten". 2 September 2010. Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
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  19. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
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  21. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  22. ^ "The Script Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-12-24.
  23. ^ "The Script Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  24. ^ "The Script Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 6 December 2010.
  25. ^ "The Script Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  26. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Singles 2010". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 5 December 2010. Retrieved 2011-01-08.
  27. ^ "End of Year Singles Chart Top 100 – 2010". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  28. ^ "Best of 2011: Hot 100 Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011.
  29. ^ "Adult Contemporary Songs – Year-End 2011". Billboard. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  30. ^ "Adult Pop Songs – Year-End 2011". Billboard. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  31. ^ "Pop Songs - Year End 2011". Billboard. Retrieved 15 September 2019.
  32. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2010 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  33. ^ "Italian single certifications – The Script – For the First Time" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 16 December 2019. Select "2019" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "For the First Time" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
  34. ^ "British single certifications – Script – For the First Time". British Phonographic Industry.
  35. ^ "American single certifications – The Script – For the First Time". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.