Who'll Be the Next in Line

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"Who'll Be the Next In Line"
Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy cover.jpg
Single by The Kinks
B-side "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy"
Released 19 March 1965 (UK)
21 July 1965 (US)
Format 7" vinyl
Recorded 22–23 December 1964 at Pye Studios (No. 2), London
Genre Rock
Length 2:02
Label Pye 7N 15813 (UK)
Reprise 0366 (US)
Writer(s) Ray Davies
Producer(s) Shel Talmy
The Kinks singles chronology
"See My Friends"
"Who'll Be the Next In Line"
(US, 1965)
"A Well Respected Man"
(US, 1965)
"Till the End of the Day"
(UK, 1965)

"Who'll Be the Next in Line" is a song by the British rock band The Kinks. It was written by Ray Davies.


"Who'll Be the Next in Line" was first released as the B-side to "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy", a Kinks single released in Britain. However, upon its relative failure in the UK, Reprise felt that the "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" single was unfit for release in America. The subsequent single, "Set Me Free", was released, but after The Kinks' next proposed single, "See My Friends" was sent to Reprise, they decided to release the "Ev'rybody's Gonna Be Happy" single, only with "Who'll Be the Next in Line" as the A-side. The single charted, hitting #34, which was more successful than the following "See My Friends" (which only hit #111.)[1]

"Who'll Be the Next in Line" also appeared as a bonus track on some reissues of the Kinks album Kinda Kinks.


  • "Who'll Be the Next in Line" was covered by French singer Françoise Hardy on her 1968 En Anglais album.
  • The song was covered by Gary Myrick and The Figures on their self-titled album in 1980.
  • "Who'll Be the Next in Line" was also covered by Sir Douglas Quintet on their 1981 Border Wave album.
  • Queens of the Stone Age covered "Who'll Be the Next in Line" on their Rated R 2000 album, as one of its UK only bonus tracks. It was also included on disc two of the 2010 reissue of Rated R.


  1. ^ "U.S. Chart Positions". Kindakinks.net. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 

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