Things Can Only Get Better (D:Ream song)
|"Things Can Only Get Better"|
|Single by D:Ream|
|from the album D:Ream On Volume 1|
|Released||10 January 1993|
|Writer(s)||Peter Cunnah and Jamie Petrie|
|Producer(s)||D:Ream and Tom Frederikse|
|D:Ream singles chronology|
The song took several months to reach the top of the UK Singles Chart. Originally a club hit, pop success took much longer for the song – initially it reached only number 24 on the chart, in January 1993. Band member Al Mackenzie left later that year, and remaining member Peter Cunnah took the band in a more pop-friendly direction. "Things Can Only Get Better" was remixed and became a bigger hit, spending four weeks at number one in January 1994.
In popular culture
As a campaign song
In 1997 the track was adopted by the UK Labour Party as their theme for the 1997 UK General Election (the title claiming that things "cannot get worse"), as Labour's campaign was that the United Kingdom was in a dire state after 18 years of Tory government under first Margaret Thatcher and then John Major, and the Labour Party said they could fix the problems of the country.
On the back of this use it returned to the chart reaching number 19 in May 1997, when Labour returned to power with Tony Blair as prime minister, replacing John Major's Conservative party as the party in government, with one of the biggest landslides in British political history.
John O'Farrell used the song title as the title of his book about Labour's 18 years in opposition. Later, lead singer Peter Cunnah admitted mixed feelings about the use of the song as part of the election campaign.
In 2013, the song was adopted as a chant by fans of Sunderland A.F.C. after the teams revival under manager Gus Poyet. Supporters of Sunderland launched a campaign to get the song back into the chart to coincide with their team's Capital One Cup Final on 2 March 2014 at Wembley Stadium. On 3 March 2014, the song re-entered in the UK Dance Chart at number 19.
In an interview on the TV programme Charlie Brooker's 2016 Wipe, D:Ream's keyboard player Brian Cox reflected on the song, calling it "one of the most misleading and scientifically inaccurate pop songs that's ever been written".
|Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)||23|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||10|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||2|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||20|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||20|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||46|
|Scottish Singles Chart||4|
|Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)||11|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||1|
|US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play||7|
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16 January 1994
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