This One's for the Children

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"This One's for the Children"
This One's for the Children.jpg
Single by New Kids on the Block
from the album Merry, Merry Christmas
B-side "Funky, Funky Xmas"
Released October 12, 1989
Format CD
Recorded 1988
Genre Pop
Length 3:58
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Maurice Starr
Producer(s) Maurice Starr
New Kids on the Block singles chronology
"Cover Girl"
(1989)
"This One's for the Children"
(1989)
"My Favorite Girl"
(1990)

"This One's for the Children" is a 1989 single from New Kids on the Block. The lead vocals were sung by Jordan Knight and Donnie Wahlberg. Taken from the group's holiday album, Merry, Merry Christmas, the single peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1989, and #9 on the UK singles chart in December 1990.

Featured on the song's B-side was "Funky, Funky Xmas," which was an airplay only single promoted during the holiday season. The rap/lead vocals were sung by Jordan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Danny Wood, and Donnie Wahlberg.

The video starts with different languages saying "This One's for the Children." It features the band near a piano with Jordan Knight playing it and co-singing with Donnie Wahlberg while showing young children from around the world.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 40
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 40
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 71
Finnish Singles Chart[4] 28
Ireland (IRMA)[5] 7
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[6] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 7
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[8] 27
US Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay Chart[9] 10

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 90

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[11] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian-charts.com – New Kids on the Block – This One's for the Children". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Ultratop.be – New Kids on the Block – This One's for the Children" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  3. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – New Kids on the Block – This One's for the Children" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  4. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 263. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  5. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – This One's for the Children". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "Archive Chart: 1990-12-08" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "New Kids on the Block – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for New Kids on the Block. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  8. ^ "New Kids on the Block – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for New Kids on the Block. Retrieved March 6, 2016.
  9. ^ http://wweb.uta.edu/faculty/gghunt/charts/nkotb.html
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1990". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  11. ^ "American single certifications – New Kids On The Block – This One's for the Children". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 13 March 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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