The Six Teens (song)

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"The Six Teens"
Single by Sweet
from the album Desolation Boulevard
B-side "Burn on the Flame"
Released July 1974
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 1974
Genre Hard rock, glam rock
Length 04:01
Label RCA
Writer(s) Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman
Producer(s) Phil Wainman, Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman
Sweet singles chronology
"Teenage Rampage"
(1974)
"The Six Teens"
(1974)
"Turn It Down"
(1974)
Desolation Boulevard (European version) track listing
"The Six Teens"
(1)
"Solid Gold Brass"
(2)
Desolation Boulevard (US version) track listing
Ballroom Blitz
(1)
"The Six Teens"
(2)
"No You Don't"
(3)

"The Six Teens" (often spelled as "The Sixteens") is a 1974 song by British glam rock band Sweet, written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman, appearing on Sweet's album Desolation Boulevard. The song was Sweet's first single simply as "Sweet" (previously, the band was known as The Sweet).

The song references six teenagers growing up in the revolutionary rhetoric of the 1960s. The song was the penultimate single written by Chinn and Chapman for the band and the last on which long-time producer Phil Wainman assisted.

The song features softer acoustic verses contrasted with heavier electric guitar-based choruses and was regarded something of a significant departure from the band's glam-rock sound heard on previous singles. Guitarist Andy Scott, when introducing the song in his current band's live show, often states he regards it as Chinn and Chapman's best work.

The single reached the top 10 in several European countries, and was the band's 10th #1 in Denmark.

The B-side is the band composition "Burn on the Flame".


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1973) Peak
position
Australia Australia 48
Austria Austria 9
Denmark Denmark 1
Finland Finland 8
Germany Germany 4
Republic of Ireland Ireland 15
Netherlands Netherlands 7
Norway Norway 7
Switzerland Switzerland 6
United Kingdom United Kingdom 2


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