What Makes a Man

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"What Makes a Man"
Single by Westlife
from the album Coast to Coast
Released 18 December 2000
Format CD single
Recorded Rokstone Studios, London
Genre Pop
Length 3:52
Label SonyBMG
Songwriter(s) Wayne Hector, Steve Mac
Producer(s) Steve Mac
Westlife singles chronology
"My Love"
"What Makes a Man"
"I Lay My Love on You"

"What Makes a Man" is a song by Irish boy band Westlife. It was released as the third single from their second studio album, Coast to Coast (2000). It was their first single not to peak at number one on the UK Singles Chart, being beaten to the Christmas number one by "Can We Fix It?", the theme to the cartoon series, Bob the Builder (which managed to peak at number three in Ireland). It also debuted and peaked at number two in Ireland, held off the top spot by Eminem's song "Stan".

The song was the 39th best selling single of 2000 in the UK, and received a gold sales certification in the UK for over 400,000 copies sold.[1]


In an interview with Worldpop.com, Brian McFadden said: "It's a weak song, and we didn't do much promotional work. Bob deserved it."[2]

Tours performed at[edit]

  • Where Dreams Come True Tour (2001)
  • World of Our Own Tour (2002)
  • Unbreakable Tour (2003)
  • Turnaround Tour (2004)
  • The Number Ones Tour (2005)
  • Face to Face Tour (2006)
  • The Love Tour (2007)* Back Home Tour (2008)
  • Where We Are Tour (2010)
  • Gravity Tour (2011)
  • The Farewell Tour (2012)

Track listing[edit]

  1. "What Makes a Man" (Single Remix) - 3:52
  2. "I'll Be There" - 3:55
  3. "My Girl" - 2:46
  1. "What Makes a Man" (Single Remix) - 3:52
  2. "I'll Be There" - 3:55
  3. "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" - 3:30


Weekly charts[edit]


  1. ^ "Westlife | Official Top 20 | MTV UK". MTV. Retrieved 14 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "Westlife 'don't care' about No 1s". Worldpop.com. 8 January 2001. 
  3. ^ "Irish Singles Chart - Westlife - What Makes a Man". IRMA. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Archive Chart: 2000-12-24". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  5. ^ "Westlife: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.