Forever Young (Alphaville song)

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"Forever Young"
Alphaville - Forever Young Single.jpg
Single by Alphaville
from the album Forever Young
B-side"Welcome to the Sun"
Released20 September 1984
StudioStudio 54
Genre
Length3:44
LabelWEA
Composer(s)
Lyricist(s)Marian Gold
Producer(s)
  • Colin Pearson
  • Wolfgang Loos
  • Andreas Budde
Alphaville singles chronology
"Sounds Like a Melody"
(1984)
"Forever Young"
(1984)
"Jet Set"
(1985)
Music video
"Forever Young" (version 1)
"Forever Young" (version 2)

"Forever Young" is a song by German synth-pop band Alphaville from their 1984 debut studio album of the same name. The single was successful in Scandinavia and in the European German-speaking countries in the same year.

The single achieved more success in the United States than in the United Kingdom, but it failed to reach the American top 40 despite three separate US single releases. Though not the group's highest-charting single in Europe, "Forever Young" was one of the band's signature songs and has been covered by numerous artists. It also formed the basis of Jay-Z's song "Young Forever". "Forever Young" is written in the key of C major.[1]

Alphaville versions[edit]

Original 1984 version[edit]

Background and video[edit]

Originally released by Alphaville as a single in 1984, "Forever Young" was available in both its original mix and in a dance version, entitled the "Special Dance Mix". Over the years, the band has released several remixes and demo versions of the song.

The single initially reached number 93 in 1985 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the top 40 on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/ Club Play Singles.[2] When re-released in 1988, it peaked at number 65 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song's music video, directed by Brian Ward, shows the band performing in one of the halls at Holloway Sanatorium in Virginia Water, England. A number of people from children to the elderly, dressed in ragged finery, awake to watch the band, then walk through a diamond-shaped glowing portal.

Track listings[edit]

  • 7-inch single
  1. "Forever Young" – 3:45
  2. "Welcome to the Sun" – 3:09
  • 12-inch maxi single
  1. "Forever Young" (special dance version) – 6:06
  2. "Forever Young" – 3:45
  3. "Welcome to the Sun" – 3:09
  • "Welcome to the Sun" also appeared (in a remix and a re-recording) on 1999's Dreamscapes.

Other releases[edit]

The original album version has also appeared on the following official Alphaville releases:

The "Special Dance Version" and the B-side "Welcome to the Sun" were both included on so80s presents Alphaville (2014).

Other versions[edit]

This song has been released several times in various forms, including remixes and demos, on:

  • Alphaville: The Singles Collection, 1988 (remixed)
  • History, 1993 (covered live)
  • Dreamscapes, 1999 (demo, demo remix, performed live and re-recorded acoustically)
  • Little America, 1999 (performed live)
  • Stark Naked and Absolutely Live, 2000 (performed live)
  • Forever Pop, 2001 (remixed)
  • "Forever Young 2001" (see below)
  • "Forever Young The Remix", 2006 (see below)

Charts[edit]

Chart performance for "Forever Young"
Chart (1984–1985) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 47
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 22
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[5] 62
Europe (European Top 100 Singles)[6] 18
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[7] 24
France (SNEP)[8] 13
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 18
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 19
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 3
South Africa (Springbok Radio)[12] 7
Spain (AFYVE)[13] 14
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 3
UK Singles (OCC)[16] 98
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 65
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[17] 32
West Germany (Official German Charts)[18] 4

Certifications[edit]

Certifications for "Forever Young"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[19] Gold 45,000double-dagger
Germany (BVMI)[20] Gold 250,000^
Italy (FIMI)[21] Gold 25,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Silver 200,000double-dagger

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Forever Young 2001[edit]

In 2001, Alphaville released a new set of remixes in a "limited fan edition" called "Forever Young 2001". This single contained three music tracks, one spoken word track, and a PC-only track.

This CD was released to fans for free, only postage needed to be paid. The names of every fan who had requested a copy were printed on the inside cover. Copies were hand-signed by the band. The remixes that appear on the single have not appeared on other releases.

The cover is a still image from the video, which was created by The Cartoon Saloon.

Track listings[edit]

CD single

  1. "Forever Young" (F.A.F's Diamonds in the Sun Mix) – 3:56
    • Remixed by: F.A.F
  2. "Forever Young" (Factory Mix) – 4:21
    • Remixed by: José Alvarez-Brill
  3. "Forever Young" (Original Demo 1983) – 4:43
  4. "Thank You" (Spoken Version) – 3:44
  5. "Forever Young" (Magix PlayR) (PC only)
  • The "Thank You" track consisted of then-member Bernard Lloyd thanking the fans, while speaking over one of his "favorite tracks," which was a remix of "Lassie Come Home," as it was to appear on the 2001 remix album Forever Pop.
  • The Magix PlayR track was a PC-only application that allowed fans to customize the FAF remix to their liking.

CD promo single

  1. "Forever Young (F.A.F's Diamonds in the Sun Mix)" — 3:56
  • This promotional CD was produced in a strictly limited run of 500 copies and not sold commercially.[23]

Forever Young the Remix[edit]

Released in 2006, this CD contains two new remixes by notable remix artist Bill Hamel. It also includes a digitally remastered version of the original album version of the song. The remix reached number 31 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, peaking higher than the original version in 1986, which only charted at number 47.[24]

Track listing[edit]

CD single

  1. "Forever Young" (Hamel album mix) – 4:58
  2. "Forever Young" (Bill Hamel club mix) – 7:39
  3. "Forever Young" (remastered original version) – 3:47

Interactive version[edit]

"Forever Young"
Interactive-Forever Young.jpg
Single by Interactive
Released1994
GenreDance
Length3:40
Label
  • Blow Up
  • Intercord
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • A. Schneider
  • J. Lissat
  • R. Zenker
Interactive singles chronology
"Can You Hear Me Calling"
(1994)
"Forever Young"
(1994)
"Living Without Your Love"
(1995)
Music video
"Forever Young" on YouTube

In 1994, German electronic group Interactive released a cover which reached number 7 in Germany and number 10 in Denmark and the Netherlands. It also made the top 20 in five other countries and on the Eurochart Hot 100, the song reached number 34. This electronic dance version does not contain most of the song's lyrics and only includes a slightly modified chorus as the sole vocals. In 2002, German DJ and music producer Kosmonova remixed their version of "Forever Young". The remix peaked at number 21 in Germany and number 37 in the UK.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Forever Young" was directed by Basil Schlegel.[25] It features kids attending and partying in a night club.

Track listing[edit]

CD Maxi (Germany)
  1. "Forever Young" (Radio Edit) - 3:40
  2. "Forever Young" (Extended Version) - 5:59
  3. "Mobilé" - 5:04
  4. "Waves of Balah" - 5:44

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[40] Gold 35,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Youth Group version[edit]

"Forever Young"
Youth Group - Forever Young.jpg
Single by Youth Group
from the album Casino Twilight Dogs
Released6 March 2006 (2006-03-06)[43]
Recorded2005
Length4:33
LabelIvy League
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Youth Group singles chronology
"Baby Body"
(2004)
"Forever Young"
(2006)
"Catching and Killing"
(2006)

In 2005, Australian rock band Youth Group were asked by the producers of the American television series The O.C. to record a version of "Forever Young" for use in the show, following a positive response to the use of their single "Shadowland" in a previous episode. Their version of "Forever Young" was used in the show and the show's trailers, and was included on the soundtrack album Music from the OC: Mix 5. Released as a single in Australia on 6 March 2006, the song reached number one on the ARIA Singles Chart for two weeks. The track was included on Youth Group's album Casino Twilight Dogs, released later that year.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Forever Young" – 4:33
  2. "Someone Else's Dream" – 2:36
  3. "Forever Young" (edit) – 3:26

Charts[edit]

Weekly chart performance for "Forever Young"
Chart (2006–2009) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[44] 1
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[45] 7
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[46] 44
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[47] 10
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[47] 76
Year-end chart performance for "Forever Young"
Chart (2006) Position
Australia (ARIA)[48] 7

Certifications[edit]

Certifications for "Forever Young"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[49] 4× Platinum 280,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Becky Hill version[edit]

"Forever Young"
ForeverYoungBeckyHill.png
Single by Becky Hill
Released13 November 2020
Recorded2020
StudioSarm West (London)
Length2:58
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Charlie Hugall
Becky Hill singles chronology
"Space"
(2020)
"Forever Young"
(2020)
"Wake Up With You"
(2021)

In 2020, British singer Becky Hill released a cover version of the song. It was released on 13 November 2020 by Polydor Records and Eko Records.[50] The song was selected as the soundtrack to the 2020 McDonald's Christmas advert in the UK.

Background[edit]

The song raised money for FareShare, in which McDonald's donated five million meals for charity. Hill also donated 10p from every download, going to food charity FareShare.[51] She said on her Twitter account, "'forever young' is bigger than just a nice christmas advert & song. @mcdonaldsuk has committed to funding @fareshareuk to redistribute over 5 million meals by April 2021 to families in need. at least 10p of every download goes towards a great cause. no child should be hungry".[52]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[53]

  • Charlie Hugall – producer, mixer, recording engineer, studio personnel
  • Bernhard Lloyd – composer
  • Frank Mertens – composer
  • Marian Gold – composer, lyricist
  • Adam Rust – associated performer, keyboards
  • Becky Hill – associated performer, vocals
  • Matt Colton – mastering engineer, studio personnel

Charts[edit]

Chart performance for "Forever Young"
Chart (2021) Peak
position
UK Singles (OCC)[54] 35

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[55] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Cash Cash version[edit]

"Forever Young"
Forever Young Cash Cash.jpg
Single by Cash Cash
Released8 March 2010
Length3:39
LabelUniversal
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Cash Cash
Cash Cash singles chronology
"Everytime We Touch"
(2010)
"Forever Young"
(2010)
"Red Cup (I Fly Solo)"
(2021)

In 2010, American electronic music group Cash Cash released a cover of the song. It was released on 8 March 2010 through Universal Records.[56][57]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[58]

Music video[edit]

A music video for the song was released via YouTube on 29 June 2010.[59] As of 2014, the video has since been removed.[60]

Charts[edit]

Chart performance for "Forever Young"
Chart (2010) Peak
position
US Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[61] 34

Other versions and samples[edit]

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