Westlife (album)

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Studio album by Westlife
Released 1 November 1999
Recorded 1998–99;
Rokstone Studios
(London, England),
Cheiron Studios
(Stockholm, Sweden)
CaVa Studios
(Glasgow, Scotland)
Genre Pop
Length 65:32 (international)
50:59 United States
Label RCA, BMG
Producer Simon Cowell (exec.), Steve Mac (also exec.), Wayne Hector (exec.), Per Magnusson, David Kreuger, Rami Yacoub, TTW, David Foster, Pete Waterman, Jake Schulze, David Frank, Steve Kipner, Cutfather & Joe, Jaime Ikeda, Rovi
Westlife chronology
Coast to Coast
Alternative cover
North American cover
Singles from Westlife
  1. "Swear It Again"
    Released: 12 April 1999
  2. "If I Let You Go"
    Released: 9 August 1999
  3. "Flying Without Wings"
    Released: 18 October 1999
  4. "I Have A Dream"
    Released: 6 December 1999
  5. "Seasons In The Sun"
    Released: 19 December 1999
  6. "Fool Again"
    Released: 27 March 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllRovi 3/5 stars[1]
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]

Westlife is the self-titled debut studio album by Irish boy band Westlife. The album was released on 1 November 1999 through RCA. The album spawned the five UK number-one hit singles "Swear It Again", "If I Let You Go", "Flying Without Wings", the double A-side "I Have a Dream" / "Seasons in the Sun", and "Fool Again".


Westlife signed to Arista Records for the North American territory after auditioning for the label's founder, Clive Davis.[3] Westlife released "Swear It Again" as their debut single in the United States. The singles was serviced to radio in February and released commercially on 7 March 2000. The album was released on 4 April 2000 with an altered track listing that included the new song, "My Private Movies".[3]

In 2005, the album was released in a compilation box collection with Westlife's fourth studio album, Turnaround.

Commercial performance[edit]

Due to all five singles from the album peaking at number one on the UK Singles Chart in less than a year, Westlife created a chart history record that remains unbroken to date. Despite this, however, the album entered and peaked at number two, being beaten only by an extra 1,000 copies of Steptacular by Steps.[4] The album became the eighth best-selling album of 1999 in the United Kingdom, and ended up being certified 4× Platinum.[5] The album went on to spend seventy-four weeks in the UK Top 100.[6] A video album related to the release, entitled "The Westlife Story", was released in October 2000, peaking at number 15 on the UK Visual Chart. The release was available on both VHS and DVD. The DVD was later made available in a five disc set entitled "Westlife: The Complete Story".

In 2000, the album was released in the United States and peaked at number 129 on the Billboard 200.

The album also peaked at number 15 in Australia. Westlife also remains the best-selling international album ever in Indonesia and Philippines, receiving 20× platinum certifications for over 1 million copies sold in Indonesia and 25× Platinum certifications for over 500,000 units sold in the Philippines.[7][8] Overall, the album has sold more than five million copies worldwide.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Swear It Again"   Steve Mac, Wayne Hector Mac 4:07
2. "If I Let You Go"   David Kreuger, Jörgen Elofsson, Per Magnusson Kreuger, Magnusson 3:41
3. "Flying Without Wings"   Mac, Hector Mac 3:36
4. "Fool Again"   Kreuger, Elofsson, Magnusson Kreuger, Magnusson 3:53
5. "No No"   Andreas Carlsson, Rami Rami 3:15
6. "I Don't Wanna Fight"   Mac, Hector, Peter Cetera, David Foster Mac 5:03
7. "Change the World"   Lance Ellington, Topham, Twigg TTW 3:10
8. "Moments"   Steve Mac, Wayne Hector Mac 4:17
9. "Seasons in the Sun"   Jacques Brel, Rod McKuen TTW 4:09
10. "I Need You"   Andreas Carlsson, Max Martin, Rami Rami 3:48
11. "Miss You"   Jake Schulze, Rami Jake, Rami 3:53
12. "More Than Words"   Gary Cherone, Nuno Bettencourt Mac 3:53
13. "Open Your Heart"   Andreas Carlsson, Jake Jake 3:40
14. "Try Again"   Kreuger, Elofsson, Magnusson Kreuger, Magnusson 3:34
15. "What I Want Is What I've Got"   Alexandra Talomaa, Rami Rami 3:34
16. "We Are One"   Alexandre Desplat, Mac, Hector Mac 3:44
17. "Can't Lose What You Never Had"   David Frank, Steve Kipner Frank, Kipner 4:26


Westlife Era[edit]

The following is a complete list of album tracks, singles, remixes and b-sides released during the Westlife era:

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Formats
United Kingdom 1 November 1999 Standard (17 Tracks)
Japan 4 April 2000 Standard (18 Tracks)
Philippines 18 April 2000 Deluxe (2xCD)
United States 7 May 2000 Standard (13 Tracks)
Australia 15 May 2000 Standard (18 Tracks)
Philippines 31 July 2000 Platinum (2xCD, CD+DVD)
United Kingdom 15 October 2000 Video (The Westlife Story)
Japan 19 December 2000 Standard (No.1 Hits & Rare Tracks)


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