Something About the Way You Look Tonight

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"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
Single by Elton John
from the album The Big Picture
A-side "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" (single edit)
B-side
  • "I Know Why I'm in Love"
  • "No Valentines"
  • "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" (album version)
Released
  • 13 September 1997 (1997-09-13) (UK)
  • 23 September 1997 (1997-09-23) (US)
Format
Recorded 13 January 1997[1]
Length
  • 3:59 (single edit)
  • 5:13 (album version)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
"Live Like Horses"
(1996)
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
(1997)
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997"
(1997)
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"/"Candle in the Wind 1997"
Something About the Way You Look Tonight & Candle in the Wind 1997.jpg
Single by Elton John
from the album The Big Picture
A-side
B-side "You Can Make History (Young Again)"
Released
  • 13 September 1997 (1997-09-13) (UK)
  • 23 September 1997 (1997-09-23) (US)
Format
Length
  • 3:59 ("Something About the Way You Look Tonight")
  • 4:09 ("Candle in the Wind 1997")
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
(1997)
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997"
(1997)
"Recover Your Soul"
(1998)

"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" is a song by Elton John, released in 1997 as the first single from his 26th studio album The Big Picture.

Later, the single was also released as a double A-side single with "Candle in the Wind 1997". That single and its video were dedicated to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, who died that year, with proceeds from the sale of the single going towards Diana's charities.[2][3] According to the Recording Industry Association of America, with certified sales, this double A-side is "the best-selling single of all time."[4][5] The Guinness World Records 2009 states that the song is "the biggest-selling single since UK and US singles charts began in the 1950s, having accumulated worldwide sales of 33 million copies".[6]

The video for the song featured actors and actresses from the UK television programme This Life, as well as supermodels Kate Moss and Sophie Dahl and is regarded as one of Elton John's best videos. John has publicly revealed (through his "warts and all" documentary Tantrums and Tiaras) that he finds videos "fucking loathsome" and after the album The Big Picture refrained from appearing in his own videos unless they were cameo appearances.

Sales and chart positions[edit]

In the UK alone, the double A-side single with "Candle in the Wind 1997" sold over 4,930,000 copies (8× Platinum), making the song the best-selling single ever in UK history.[7] It remained for five weeks at the number-one position. In the US, the double A-side single spent 14 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The best-selling single in Billboard history and the only single ever certified Diamond in the US, the single sold over 11 million copies in the US.[8][9] On the US adult contemporary chart, however, "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" and "Candle In the Wind 1997" charted separately; while the tribute to Princess Diana peaked at number 2 on this chart,[10] "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" spent 10 weeks at number 1 in late 1997 and early 1998. This double-sided single holds the record for the fewest weeks in a chart year from a year-end number-one single, with as few as eight. (In 1998, it had 34 more total weeks, however it was number 8 in the year-end list of 1998).

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1997–98) Peak
position
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[11] 1

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Diamond Moments: Elton 60 Live at Madison Square Garden Retrieved 7 January 2018
  2. ^ "Candle In The Wind raises £38 million for Diana's charities after Elton John's moving performance at Princess' funeral". Daily Mail. 11 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "17 Years Ago, Elton John's 'Candle In the Wind 1997' Started Its 14-Week No. 1 Run" (11 October 2014). Billboard. 11 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "RIAA News Room – The American Recording Industry Announces its Artists of the Century". Recording Industry Association of America website. RIAA. 10 November 1999. Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 2017-12-07. 'Candle In The Wind 1997' soon surpassed Bing Crosby’s 'White Christmas' to become the best-selling single of all time.  (certified sales)
  5. ^ Elton John: Biography | Rolling Stone Music Rolling Stone "Candle in the Wind 1997," easily became the all-time highest-certified single".
  6. ^ Guinness Book of Records, 2007 Edition, page 187
  7. ^ Pride special: Celebrating the biggest selling singles by LGBT artists at www.officialcharts.com Error: unknown archive URL (archived 25 June 2016)
  8. ^ "Elton John: Biography - Rolling Stone Music". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "The American Recording Industry Announces its Artists of the Century". RIAA. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  10. ^ "Adult Contemporary chart for the week of 9/27/1997". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-12-05. 
  11. ^ "Elton John Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-08-03.

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