Older (George Michael song)

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"Older"
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Single by George Michael
from the album Older
A-side"I Can't Make You Love Me"
B-side"Desafinado" (with Astrud Gilberto)
Released20 January 1997
Length5:33
Label
Songwriter(s)George Michael
Producer(s)George Michael
George Michael singles chronology
"Spinning the Wheel"
(1996)
"Older" / "I Can't Make You Love Me"
(1997)
"Star People '97"
(1997)
Music video
"Older" on YouTube

"Older" is a single released by George Michael in 1997. It was also released as an EP under the name The Older EP. The single's B-side is a cover of Bonnie Raitt's single "I Can't Make You Love Me". The single peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart while becoming a top-ten hit in Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, and Spain.

Critical reception[edit]

Aberdeen Press and Journal stated that Michael "follows up a triumphant 1996 with one of his strongest ballads to date". They added it as a track "he obviously hopes will cement his maturing image."[1] Sarah Davis from Dotmusic noted the "jazzy mood", "as Michael brusquely casts off a former lover - "I'm not the man you want... these are wasted days without affection, I'm not that foolish anymore" - to the quavering accompaniment of Steve Sidwell's trumpet."[2] Elysa Gardner from Los Angeles Times called it "moody" and said Michael's "addressing a lover in the song".[3][page needed] Steve Morse from The Spokesman-Review described it as a "anguished love song".[4] Ed Morales for Vibe wrote in his review, "On the affecting title track, Michael delivers his message of aging gracefully through a narrative detailing a breakup—one lover is crowding another. "Change is a stranger you have to know", he says."[5]

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the song was directed by British director Andy Morahan.[6] It was published on YouTube in September 2010. By November 2020, the video has been viewed over 5,8 million times.[7]

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • Asian/Australian/European/UK CD EP
  1. "Older" – 5:35
  2. "I Can't Make You Love Me" – 5:21
  3. "Desafinado" (with Astrud Gilberto) – 3:22
  4. "The Strangest Thing" (Live) – 5:01
  • European CD single
  1. "Older" – 5:35
  2. "I Can't Make You Love Me" – 5:21
  • UK cassette EP
  1. "Older" (Radio Edit) – 5:00
  2. "I Can't Make You Love Me" – 5:21
  3. "Desafinado" (with Astrud Gilberto) – 3:22
  4. "The Strangest Thing" (Live) – 5:01

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Aberdeen Press and Journal. 17 January 1997. p. 12. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  2. ^ Davis, Sarah (15 April 1996). "GEORGE MICHAEL – OLDER". Dotmusic. Archived from the original on 1 September 2000. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  3. ^ "MUSIC REVIEWS: "Older"". Lakeland Ledger. 25 May 1996. Retrieved 14 March 2020.
  4. ^ "George Michael's new album first in six years". The Spokesman-Review. 14 May 1996. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  5. ^ "George Michael – Older". Vibe. 1 August 1996. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  6. ^ "George Michael - "Older"". MVDBase.com (video). ASG. 1998–2017. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  7. ^ "George Michael - Older (Official Video)". YouTube. 28 September 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  8. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  9. ^ "Top National Sellers" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 14 no. 12. 22 March 1997. p. 19. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 14 no. 6. 8 February 1997. p. 21. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Top National Sellers" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 14 no. 8. 22 February 1997. p. 15. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
  12. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (NR. 209 Vikuna 20.2. '97 – 26.2. '97)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 21 February 1997. p. 16. Retrieved 12 July 2018.
  13. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Older". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 21 January 2011.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 7, 1997" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – George Michael – Older" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 4 January 2017.
  16. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  17. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  18. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – George Michael – Older". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  20. ^ "Top 100 Singles 1997". Music Week. 17 January 1998. p. 27.

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