The Best Thing (Savage Garden song)

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"The Best Thing"
The Best Thing (Savage Garden single - cover art).jpg
Single by Savage Garden
from the album Affirmation
Released 19 March 2001
Format CD single, Cassette
Recorded 1999
Genre Pop, pop rock, dance-pop
Length 4:19
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Darren Hayes, Daniel Jones, Walter Afanasieff
Savage Garden Singles chronology
"Hold Me"
"The Best Thing"

"The Best Thing" is a song by Australian pop group Savage Garden, released as the seventh and final single from their second studio album Affirmation.


"The Best Thing" was released as a single on 19 March 2001, exclusively in the United Kingdom and Europe. It was the last single released by the group, before their split in October 2001. The single's cover art was also used for the album's fifth Australian single, "Chained to You". No official music video was made.

The group's performance from the Superstars and Cannonballs DVD was made into a music video, which eventually aired on MTV. This song was one of Savage Garden's few singles that did not make the cut for their greatest hits compilation Truly Madly Completely: The Best of Savage Garden.

"The Best Thing" was best known for being the first song to kick off the concerts promoting their second album. The song only charted in the United Kingdom, where it charted at #35 on the UK Singles Chart. It was the only single released from Affirmation not to chart in Australia, as it was not released there; this makes it the third single released by Savage Garden worldwide besides "Santa Monica" and "Tears of Pearls" to not chart in the duo's home country.

Track listing[edit]

  • United Kingdom
CD single
  1. "The Best Thing" – 4:19
  2. "Chained to You" – 4:08
  3. "Hold Me" (live in Brisbane, May 2000) – 4:52
  1. "The Best Thing" – 4:19
  2. "Hold Me" (live in Brisbane, May 2000) – 4:52
  • Europe
Single CD
  1. "The Best Thing" (radio edit) – 3:41
  2. "Affirmation" (live) – 5:48
Maxi CD
  1. "The Best Thing" (radio edit) – 3:41
  2. "Affirmation" (live) – 5:48
  3. "I Want You" (live) – 3:50
  4. "I Knew I Loved You" (live) – 8:15

Chart performance[edit]