Stars (Simply Red song)

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"Stars"
Stars simply red.jpg
Single by Simply Red
from the album Stars
B-side "Ramblin' on My Mind"
"Something Got Me Started" (Hurley's House Mix)
Released 18 November 1991 (Europe)
January 1992 (North America)
Format
Recorded 1991
Genre
Length 4:08
Label EastWest Records America
Songwriter(s) Mick Hucknall
Producer(s) Stewart Levine
Simply Red singles chronology
"Something Got Me Started"
(1991)
"Stars"
(1991)
"For Your Babies"
(1992)
"Something Got Me Started"
(1991)
"Stars"
(1991)
"For Your Babies"
(1992)
Music video
"Stars" on YouTube
Stars track listing
"Something Got Me Started"
(1)
"Stars"
(2)
"Thrill Me"
(3)

"Stars" is a 1991 single by British soul and pop band Simply Red.

Release[edit]

"Stars" was originally released in the 1991 album of the same name. The single reached number 8 in the United Kingdom and was successful in some other countries in Europe, as in Denmark where it peaked at number 9. Unlike Simply Red's previous single "Something Got Me Started", "Stars" did not reach the Top 40 in the United States. However, the song did reach number eight in the US Adult Contemporary chart.

Both songs were featured on Simply Red's 1996 compilation album Greatest Hits.

Critical reception[edit]

Music & Media wrote about the song: "The title track of their new album has numerous allusions, including references to Mick Hucknal's own road to fame and to the stars in the European flag. This soulful pop song confirms the position of the red-headed singer at the top, close to the galactic stars."[1]

Personnel[edit]

Formats and track listings[edit]

CD single[edit]

  1. "Stars" – 4:11
  2. "Ramblin' on My Mind" – 2:11
  3. "Stars" (Comprende Mix) – 6:40
  4. "Something Got Me Started" (Hurley's House Mix) – 5:56

7" single[edit]

  1. "Stars" – 4:08
  2. "Stars" (PM-ized Mix) – 4:12

12" maxi[edit]

  1. "Stars" (Comprende Mix) – 6:40
  2. "Stars" (PM-ized Mix) – 4:12
  3. "Ramblin' on My Mind" – 2:11
  4. "Something Got Me Started" (Hurley's House Mix) – 5:56

Music video[edit]

The video to "Stars" features Hucknall wandering around a desert surrounded by large gold stars with close-ups of him and a woman.

Covers[edit]

Olivia Ong, Singaporean bossa nova singer recorded a cover in 2010. It also appears on the 2016 album 'The Boy, The Rocket and the World' by Alistair Griffin.

In November 2016, Olly Murs performed a cover of the song on The Chris Evans Breakfast Show on BBC Radio 2.

Japanese group Kokua included a Japanese version of the song written by lead singer Shikao Suga on their 1st official album "Progress" out on sale June 1st, 2016. [2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991–92)[3][4][5][6] Peak
position
Australia (ARIA Charts) 29
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 18
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders) 16
Canada (RPM) 17
Denmark (IFPI)[7] 9
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[8] 19
France (SNEP) 24
Germany (GfK Entertainment Charts) 19
Ireland (IRMA) 13
Italy (Italian Singles Chart) 11
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 15
Netherlands (Single Top 100) 15
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 32
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 32
Switzerland (Swiss Hitparade) 11
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 8
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 44
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 8
Zimbabwe (ZIMA)[10] 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Releases: Singles" (PDF). Music & Media (30 November 1991, page 12). Retrieved 22 February 2018. 
  2. ^ http://www.jvcmusic.co.jp/kokua/
  3. ^ "Stars", in various Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved 18 February 2008)
  4. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved 18 February 2008)
  5. ^ UK Singles Chart Everyhit.com (Retrieved 18 February 2008)
  6. ^ Billboard Billboard.com (Retrieved 18 February 2008)
  7. ^ "Top 10 Denmark" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  8. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 19 March 2018. 
  9. ^ [Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-2002]
  10. ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: singles chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000

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