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"
ReleasedSeptember 20, 1984
StudioStudio 54
  • Colin Pearson
  • Wolfgang Loos
  • Andreas Budde
Alphaville singles chronology
"Sounds Like a Melody"
"Forever Young"
"Jet Set"
Music video
"Forever Young" (Ver. 1)
"Forever Young" (Ver. 2)

"Forever Young" is a song from German synthpop recording act Alphaville's 1984 debut album of the same name. The single was a strong hit in Scandinavia and in the European German-speaking countries in the same year.

Though the single achieved more success in the United States than in the United Kingdom, it failed to reach the American top 40 despite three separate US single releases. It was not the group's highest-charting European hit. "Forever Young" became one of the signature songs of the band and it has subsequently been covered by numerous artists.

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 reached number 65th position on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the top 40 on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/ Club Play Singles.[1]

The song's music video shows the band performing in one of the halls at Holloway Sanatorium in Virginia Water, Surrey, England. A number of people ranging 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

  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 2014's so80s presents Alphaville.

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 and certifications[edit]

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.[14]

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.[15]

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
  • Blow Up
  • Intercord
  • A. Schneider
  • J. Lissat
  • R. Zenker
Interactive singles chronology
"Can You Hear Me Calling"
"Forever Young"
"Living Without Your Love"
Music video
"Forever Young" on YouTube

In 1994, German electronic group Interactive released a cover which reached number 7 in Germany, 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. It 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.[16] 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 and sales[edit]

Youth Group version[edit]

"Forever Young"
Youth Group - Forever Young.jpg
Single by Youth Group
from the album Casino Twilight Dogs
Released27 February 2006
GenreIndie rock
LabelIvy League
Youth Group singles chronology
"Baby Body"
"Forever Young"
"Catching and Killing"

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. A single release in Australia reached number 1 on the ARIA Charts. The song was included on their 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

Cover versions and samples[edit]

  • Just a year after the song's initial release, pop singer Laura Branigan covered "Forever Young" on her album Hold Me and began a tradition of performing the song as an encore at her concerts.
  • In 1991, reggae artist Wayne Wonder released a cover version that achieved some popularity in Jamaica. A recording of Wonder's version was released on the Alphaville Fan Club release History (1993).
  • In 2000, Czech singer Karel Gott released "Für immer jung" in German[27] and Být stále mlád" in Czech.[28]
  • In 2009 American hip hop artist Jay Z sampled rework of the Wayne Wonder / Buju Banton / Stone Love 1992 version of Alphaville's "Forever Young" for his album The Blueprint 3
  • In 2010, Polish Symphonic Metal act Pathfinder released a cover of "Forever Young" on their album Beyond the Space, Beyond the Time, as a Japanese bonus track.
  • In 2010, German electronic group Tangerine Dream covered "Forever Young" on their album "Under Cover - Chapter One."
  • In 2010, English-Irish boyband One Direction recorded a cover of "Forever Young" as their winner single for series 7 of UK's The X Factor which would have been released had they won the competition. However, they placed third and their cover was never released, instead being leaked on the internet.
  • In 2014, the Portuguese Alternative Rock band The Gift released their version of "Forever Young".
  • In 2018, American band Maroon 5 covered the song for their Red Pill Blues Tour performed with their song "Girls Like You", as a tribute to their late manager Jordan Feldstein.[29]
  • In 2019, UNDRESSD released a cover that charted in Sweden peaking at #44 on Sverigetopplistan, the official Swedish Singles Chart.[30]
  • At the end of 2019, a version of the song, sung by American singer-songwriter Andrea von Kampen, was recorded for the Hafod Hardware Christmas advert. [31] [32]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alphaville. "Alphaville | Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-05-14.
  2. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Forever Young", in various singles charts (Retrieved February 24, 2008)
  4. ^ "RPM 100 Singles - June 22nd, 1985"[1] (Retrieved January 3rd, 2019)
  5. ^ Dutch Top 40 Archived 2009-02-02 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved September 21, 2008)
  6. ^ German Singles Chart Archived May 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved August 4, 2008)
  7. ^ South African Springbok Top 20 [2] (Retrieved August 13, 2017)
  8. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  9. ^ UK Singles Chart
  10. ^ "Alphaville Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  11. ^ Billboard (Retrieved August 4, 2008)
  12. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Alphaville; 'Forever Young')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  13. ^ "Italian single certifications – Alphaville – Forever Young" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 23 July 2018. Select "2018" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Forever Young" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli online" under "Sezione".
  14. ^ Alphaville discography
  15. ^ Alphaville: Forever Young Charts, retrieved 23 October 2013
  16. ^ "Interactive Forever young VIVA VHS". YouTube. Retrieved 21 October 2019.
  17. ^ " – Interactive – Forever Young" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  18. ^ " – Interactive – Forever Young" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  19. ^ Danish Singles Chart 10 March 1995
  20. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 2 August 2019. Cite magazine requires |magazine= (help)
  21. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Interactive" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  22. ^ " – Interactive – Forever Young" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  23. ^ " – Interactive – Forever Young". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  24. ^ " – Interactive – Forever Young". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  25. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 26 November 2019.
  26. ^ "Jaarlijsten 1995" (in Dutch). Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  27. ^ — Für immer jung
  28. ^ — Být stále mlád
  29. ^ "Maroon 5 – Girls Like You / Forever Young (Red Pill Blues Tour)". YouTube. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  30. ^ UNDRESSD - "Forever Young" page
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