You Win Again (Bee Gees song)

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"You Win Again"
You Win Again.jpg
UK 12" vinyl
Single by the Bee Gees
from the album E.S.P.
B-side "Backtafunk"
Released
  • August 1987 (US)
  • 12 October 1987 (UK)
Format
Length 4:01 (album version)
Label Warner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
the Bee Gees singles chronology
"Someone Belonging to Someone"
(1983)
"You Win Again"
(1987)
"E.S.P."
(1987)
"Someone Belonging to Someone"
(1983)
"You Win Again"
(1987)
"E.S.P."
(1987)
Alternative Japanese cover
Alternative Japanese cover
E.S.P. track listing
"E.S.P."
(1)
"You Win Again"
(2)
"Live Or Die (Hold Me Like a Child)"
(3)

"You Win Again" is a 1987 song written by Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb and performed by the Bee Gees. Released as a single in late 1987, it marked the start of the group's comeback, becoming a No. 1 hit in many European countries, including the UK—their first to do so in over eight years, and made them the first group to score a UK No. 1 hit in each of three decades: the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.[1]

As songwriters, the Gibb brothers received the 1987 British Academy's Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically and Lyrically.[2] In 1988, the band received a Brit Award nomination for Best British Group.[3] In a UK television special on ITV in December 2011, it was voted second (behind "How Deep Is Your Love") in "The Nation's Favourite Bee Gees Song".[4]

Recording[edit]

Barry Gibb wrote the melody while brother Maurice conceived the drum sounds (in his garage[5]) that open the track. On "1000 UK #1 Hits" by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, Robin Gibb said "We absolutely thought that 'You Win Again' was going to be a big hit. It took us a month to cut it and get the right mix.[1]

Maurice Gibb explained "You Win Again" in a May 2001 interview with Mojo magazine:

"When we get together and write, it's not like three individuals ― it's like one person in the room. Usually, we have a book of titles and we just pick one. I loved 'You Win Again' as a title, but we had no idea how it might turn out as a song. It ended up as a big demo in my garage, and I recorded stomps and things. There was just one drum on there. The rest was just sounds. Then, everybody tried to talk us out of the stomps at the start. They didn't want it. 'Take it off. Too loud! Can we have them not on the intro, just when the music starts?' All this stuff, but as soon as you hear that 'jabba-doomba, jabba-doomba' on the radio, you know it's us. It's a signal. So, that's one little secret ― give people an automatic identification of who it is."[1]

Release[edit]

"You Win Again" was a No. 1 single in Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Norway, as well as making the top 10 in Italy, the Netherlands, Australia and Sweden. It also topped the Eurochart for four weeks. When the song reached No. 1 on 17 October 1987 in the UK, it made the Bee Gees the first group to score a UK No. 1 hit in each of three decades: the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.[1] It was less successful in the U.S. however, only reaching No. 75 in the Billboard Hot 100, as many American DJs were still reluctant to play any Bee Gees music due to the disco backlash of the early 1980s.[citation needed] They finally overcame that problem in 1989 with the hit single "One".[6]

As CD singles were not common in the late 1980s, "You Win Again" was released commercially on vinyl and cassette, though a 1-track CD single was produced as a promotional-only copy given to radio stations and reviewers in the US and a 2-track mini CD single was commercially released in Japan. The song also appeared as a bonus track on the American version of One, replacing the song "Wing and a Prayer".

Releases and track listing[edit]

7" vinyl single
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Win Again" Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb 3:54
2. "Backtafunk" Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb 4:22
12" vinyl single
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Win Again (Remix)" Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb 5:14
2. "You Win Again (Fade)" Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb 3:54
3. "Backtafunk (LP Version)" Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb 4:22
Promo-only CD single – USA
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Win Again (7" fade version)" Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb 3:59
CD single – Japan
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Win Again (7" fade version)" Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb 3:59
2. "E.S.P." Barry, Robin & Maurice Gibb 4:22

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the album E.S.P.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Balla... Balla!" by Francesco Napoli
Austrian number-one single
15 November 1987 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Küss' die Hand, schöne Frau" by Erste Allgemeine Verunsicherung
Preceded by
"Bad" by Michael Jackson
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
14 November 1987 – 28 November 1987 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Faith" by George Michael
Preceded by
"Full Metal Jacket (I Want to Be Your Drill Instructor)" by Abigail Mead and Nigel Goulding
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
11 October 1987 – 7 November 1987 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Got My Mind Set on You" by George Harrison
Preceded by
"Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley
German number-one single
26 October 1987 – 30 November 1987 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Whenever You Need Somebody" by Rick Astley
Preceded by
"Boys" by Sabrina
Swiss number-one single
18 October 1987 – 6 December 1987 (8 weeks)
Preceded by
"Voyage, voyage" by Desireless
Norwegian number-one single
45/1987 – 49/1987 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"China in Your Hand" by T'Pau
Preceded by
"Pump Up the Volume" by M|A|R|R|S
UK Singles Chart number-one single
11 October 1987 – 7 November 1987 (4 weeks)

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