“Why Can’t I Wake Up with You” is a song by boyband Take That. Written by Gary Barlow, the song was released on 20 February 1993 as the lead single from their second album, Everything Changes.
The original version of the song first appeared on their Take That & Party debut album, however Gary Barlow re-wrote the song with a higher tempo and modified lyrics. It was released in February 1993 and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart, spending 10 weeks on the UK singles chart. The song has since received a Silver sales status certification from the BPI for sales of over 200,000 copies inside the UK.
The music video depicts the band members on their own in different rooms of a house each singing the song, with Mark Owen dressed in just an open shirt and white briefs. At the end of the video, the band members are shown trying to get past paparazzi.
“When We Were Young” is the second and final single by British pop group Take That from the band’s first EP, Progressed. It acted as the theme song in the feature film adaptation of The Three Musketeers, which premiered in the United Kingdom on 14 October 2011. The song is the last to feature Jason Orange and Robbie Williams and features Robbie Williams and Gary Barlow on lead vocals. The single was released to radio on 11 July 2011 and was released in the United Kingdom as a digital download on 22 August 2011.
“Up All Night” is the second single from British group Take That’s fifth studio album, The Circus (2008).
Released on 2 March 2009, it was the second single from the album The Circus. The single was only released in the UK and Ireland. The band performed “Up All Night” on Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway on 21 February 2009. It was the second live performance of the song, after they performed the song on ITV’s Take That Come to Town. The band also performed the song on BBC’s Comic Relief Does Top of the Pops special on 13 March 2009. The track featured on the New Year’s Day last ever episode of Gavin & Stacey, on which James Corden and Mathew Horne could be seen miming the song playing on the radio whilst driving.
The song debuted on the UK Singles Chart on 14 February 2009 (Valentine’s Day) at number 72, four weeks ahead of the release date of the single based purely on downloads. The single peaked at number 14, becoming the band’s second single out of their recent six to fail to chart in the UK Top 10. However, it did become their 20th consecutive UK Top 20 single. In Ireland the song debuted on Thursday 26 February 2009 at number 29 based on downloads, a week before the official release. The single peaked at number 14.
The video for “Up All Night” was debuted on 27 January 2009, with Mark Owen on lead vocals. The video was directed by Daniel Wolfe. It features Take That performing at a street party in Croydon, with footage of them on a lorry. Gary Barlow does not appear in the second half of the music video because his pregnant wife went into labour whilst filming.
“These Days” is a song by British pop group Take That. It was released through Polydor Records on 14 November 2014 as the lead single from their seventh studio album, III (2014). The song was written by Take That, Jamie Norton, and Ben Mark and produced by Greg Kurstin.
“These Days” was the first song to feature Take That as a trio following the departures of Jason Orange and Robbie Williams, and features all three members singing joint lead vocal. The song debuted at number one in the United Kingdom, becoming the group’s 12th UK number one.
It became known early into the writing process that Jason Orange was unsure whether he would rejoin the band for the new single and album. Gary Barlow admitted that the band had “known for a while that Jay [Jason Orange] was like, ‘I don’t know if I’m doing this or not'” As time went on, Mark Owen stated that “we hit the point where we could do nothing else”, and began writing music with Orange’s blessing. The band then went to Los Angeles in May 2014 and locked themselves in a room “for two or three weeks and started to play with sounds”‘ resulting in a much more upbeat energetic song which later became ‘These Days’. Take That later played Orange ‘These Days’ who “loved it”.
The video for “These Days” was based on a concept from Mark Owen which they shot through until the early hours of two days. The music video begins with Take That in bed together before they wake up and get ready for the day ahead. The video shows the band getting spray tanned (a homage to Jason Orange), getting perm haircuts and performing in an empty church while the congregation dance around them. The video is described by Owen as fun and tongue-in-cheek. A source close to the boys said: “It was a three day shoot put into two days so they worked really hard. It was a bonus they didn’t have to dress up too much and could stay in the clothes they wore to sleep in!”
“The Garden” is the third single from British group Take That’s fifth studio album, The Circus.
Released on 20 March 2009, it is the third single from the album The Circus. Its B-Side is 84, the same B-Side of their preceding single Up All Night, and is sung by Jason Orange. Mark Owen confessed to Observer Music Monthly that his wish to sing this song’s bridge didn’t come to fruition. Said Owen: “I was hoping it’d be my role, you know: [He sings] “Everyone! Everyone!” I was really looking forward to that… and as we were getting to it, I was getting ready to sing, and… Howard sung it. And it sounded… better.”
The band performed “The Garden” on BBC’s Comic Relief show on 13 March 2009. The song has been performed on Mooi Weer de leeuw in the Netherlands on 14 March 2009. The song was then performed on Swiss television on the show, Music Stars on 15 March 2009. The group then made an appearance on the Italian version of X Factor on 17 March 2009. The band also performed the song on German TV show, Wetten Dass on 21 March 2009. The band then performed the track at the final of the X Factor, Denmark on 27 March 2009.
The video for “The Garden” debuted on 21 March 2009, with all members singing lead vocals. The video for the song was shot at the Greenwich Maritime Museum, South London. The video is black and white and shows the band dressed in black, performing the song. The video is interspersed with blurred images of people going about their daily lives. In the official Take That book ‘Take Two’ the band expresses their dislike for the video, claiming that it worked with still images but as a music video, it didn’t work.
“The Flood” is a song by British pop group Take That from their sixth studio album, Progress. It was released as the lead single in the United Kingdom on 7 November 2010. The song is the first to feature Robbie Williams since his return to the band in July 2010, and features Gary Barlow and Williams on lead vocals.
The music video, directed by Mat Whitecross, features the five members of the band racing against another crew in specially-made five-seater Sculling boats. The band’s boat is named “Progress” after the record breaking number 1 album, whilst the band wear old-fashioned white rowing kits, bearing a custom-designed Take That crest. The group is shown to be competing in a race against a younger crew and although losing the race, the group continue going past the finish line (to the confusion of the winning team) and are shown to row down the River Thames past famous London landmarks before fading away into a stormy sea. The video for the single was filmed in July 2010 on Dorney Lake in Buckinghamshire, which played host to the rowing events at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
“Sure” is a single by British boy band Take That, released as the lead single from their third studio album Nobody Else (1995). Released on 3 October 1994, it was a departure from their previous singles, having a more American, R&B sound compared to their previous, more pop/dance oriented songs. It was written by Take That’s lead singer Gary Barlow with contributions from fellow band members Robbie Williams and Mark Owen. The song has received a silver disc certification and sold over 215,000 copies in the UK.
The music video was seven minutes long and is somewhat comical. It shows the band preparing for a party whilst Mark Owen is also babysitting a disruptive little girl Emma who is halting the band from getting ready. Gary Barlow is writing a song, Jason Orange is dancing, Howard Donald is preparing food and Robbie Williams emerges back from shopping. Once the song starts, the video shows a house party occurring as well as the band performing the song in vest nets against a blue backdrop.
A shorter edited version of the song exists in which music video channels play the video from where the song starts.
“Shine” is the second single taken from Take That’s comeback album, Beautiful World (2006). It became Take That’s sixth consecutive number one single and their tenth number one overall, making them one of only seven acts in the history of the UK charts to have more than nine number one hits.
The video for “Shine” was directed by Justin Dickel with a concept of recreating a Busby Berkeley style musical number. It premiered on Channel 4 on Thursday 25 January 2007 at 11:05 p.m.
“Said It All” is the fourth single from British group Take That to be taken from their fifth studio album, The Circus. The single was released in the UK on 15 June 2009, where it peaked at number 9 on the UK Singles Chart.
“Said It All” was written by band members Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen and Steve Robson. It was released on 15 June 2009 in the UK. It features Gary Barlow and Mark Owen on lead vocals. The B-Side ‘Throwing Stones’ has Mark Owen take the lead vocals.
The single entered the UK Singles Chart at number 74 based on downloads alone, two weeks before the physical release date. “Said It All” peaked at number 9 in its third week on the chart, becoming the band’s 18th top 10 single in the UK. In Ireland the song peaked at number 17 the week of the single’s release date.
The official music video for “Said It All” was premiered on Monday 11 May 2009. The video sees the four band members dressed as clowns preparing for a circus performance. It was directed by Lindy Heymann, who has also worked on videos for Faithless and Suede.
The four members did their own unicycle work after heavy preparation.
“Rule the World” is a song by English pop band Take That. It was released as the fifth single from their fourth studio album Beautiful World (2006). It was released in the United Kingdom on 21 October 2007 via digital download and as a CD single the following day.
Take That performed the song at the London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony whilst the Olympic Flame was extinguished. Because the song was written for the 2007 fantasy film Stardust, the song was submitted for consideration at the 80th Academy Awards for Best Original Song but was not nominated.
“Reach Out” is a song from Take That’s fourth album, Beautiful World, released as the album’s fourth single on 22 June 2007. Reach Out was released exclusively in Europe, as an alternative to the British-only single “I’d Wait for Life”.
It performed well across Europe, peaking inside the top twenty in the Danish charts and narrowly missing the top ten in the Italian charts, peaking at number 11. No official music video was produced for the release, although, the Italian division of Universal Music ran a competition for people to produce a music video based on the song, and the winning entry, directed by Alisha Antylla, was aired once on Total Request Live on MTV Italy.
“Promises” is an pop–dance song by boy band Take That. It was written by Gary Barlow and was the second release from Take That’s debut album, Take That & Party.
Written by Gary Barlow and Graham Stack, it was released on 18 November 1991 as the second single from the band’s debut album, Take That & Party (1992). It was a modest success, charting at number 38 on the UK Singles Chart.
The music video uses intercut clips of the band performing and rehearsing as well as showing the hysteria of Take That’s fans. It also shows a half-naked band member, unknown at the time, jumping out of a swimming pool. This was later confirmed to be Robbie Williams during an interview.
“Pray” is a song by English boy band Take That. Written by Gary Barlow, it was released on 5 July 1993 as the second single from their second studio album, Everything Changes (1993). It is the first of twelve singles by the band to reach number one on the UK Singles Chart, staying at number one for four weeks, and starting a streak of four consecutive number one singles. The song has received a Gold sales status certification and sold over 410,000 copies in the UK, won Best British Single and Best British Video at the 1994 BRIT Awards, and was the finale of Take That’s Beautiful World Tour (2007).
The video was directed by Gregg Masuak and shot in Acapulco, Mexico. The clip features the band members in the exotic location singing and dancing. The band members are paired with a goddess of the four elements, taking on a different form with each – Air (Mark Owen), Fire (Jason Orange), Earth (Robbie Williams) and Water (Howard Donald) – with the exception of Gary Barlow who is represented in a neutral black and white context. In Barlow’s autobiography, he stated that after the disappointment of where “I Found Heaven” was filmed, the band were a lot happier about the location for this video.
“Patience” is a song by British boy band Take That. It was released on 13 November 2006 as the first single from their comeback album, Beautiful World. The single peaked at the top of the UK Singles Chart, and also topped of the charts in Germany, Spain and Switzerland, as well as peaking with the top ten of the charts in Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Austria and Sweden.
The track is marked by Gary Barlow’s falsetto on the choruses and verbal improvisations toward the end of the song. Also utilised is a subtle organ during the final guitar break of the song. “Patience” debuted at number four on the UK Singles Chart and rose to number one in its second week, staying there for four weeks. It was Britain’s eighth best-selling single of 2006 and spent eleven weeks in the top ten, making it the longest that any Take That single had spent in the top ten until the release of 2007’s “Rule The World”. The song also became the 30th best selling single of 2007, the following year. The song just missed out on being the UK Christmas number one of 2006, being knocked off the top spot on Christmas Eve by The X-Factor winner Leona Lewis’ “A Moment Like This”. The song was also the 20th best selling single of 2006 in Ireland. The song also won the Best British Single Award at the 2007 BRIT Awards and was voted The Record of the Year for 2006, polling 15.5% of the final vote. On 18 February 2007, it re-entered the UK top 10 after 14 weeks in the charts and on 11 August 2007, following the band’s performance at the Concert for Diana, the single reentered the UK top 40. The song debuted at number one on the German Singles Chart, and since its release it has sold over 150,000 copies being certified Gold by the IFPI. The song, as of November 2014, has sold 690,000 copies in the UK.
The song is used as the opening theme for the German-Austrian medical drama television series Der Bergdoktor.
The video was directed by David Mould and was shot in Iceland. The video shows each of the members trekking across the rough terrain dragging their microphone stands. After the middle eight, the band are shown on top of a cliff singing the song together at night whilst a storm occurs behind them.
“Once You’ve Tasted Love” pop–dance song by boy band Take That. It was written by Gary Barlow and released in 1992, becoming the third release from Take That’s debut album, Take That & Party.
Written by Gary Barlow and produced by Duncan Bridgeman, “Once You’ve Tasted Love” was released on 3 February 1992 as the third single from the band’s debut album, Take That & Party (1992). It was not a success, charting at number 47 on the UK Singles Chart.
The music video was shot on a low budget in a warehouse. The band is shown performing the song against a white backdrop.
“Never Forget” is a 1995 song recorded by English band Take That, from the album Nobody Else. The song features Howard Donald on lead vocals. It was released on 24 July 1995, and achieved success in many countries, including the UK, Spain, Latvia and Ireland where it topped the singles chart.
The song was written by Gary Barlow and sung mostly by Howard Donald. Robbie Williams has a short solo section in the middle of the song and his vocals are also featured before the final chorus. The opening of the song is taken from Verdi’s Requiem, sung by the Henllan Boys Choir led by Alistair Stubbs.
It was released on 24 July 1995 and reached no. 1 in the UK chart, as the band’s seventh number one single. The song remained at number one for three weeks in the UK charts. It was also the sixth track on their 1995 album, Nobody Else. Williams also left the band during the promotion of this song.
The song was mimed by the leading characters in the series finale in the fourth series of Shameless and used in 2006 for the “Take That: The Ultimate Tour” finale. Currently the track has sold over 498,000 copies in the UK and received a Gold disc certification.
“Sunday to Saturday” was issued as a single in Japan instead of “Never Forget” and reached number nine. However, “Never Forget” still managed to chart in the lower sections of its singles chart.
The music video is a montage of childhood moments of Take That caught on camera and features photographs of the members as children. Most of the footage is taken from the band performing live, backstage at gigs or on tour. Other moments such as the band meeting Prince Charles and TV appearances are also shown.
“Love Love” is a single by British pop group Take That from the band’s first EP, Progressed. The song features Gary Barlow and Mark Owen on lead vocals. It was released in the United Kingdom as a digital download on 11 May 2011.
The song was featured in the end credits of the 2011 film X-Men: First Class. This was the second time the group has worked with director Matthew Vaughn, having previously written and recorded “Rule the World” for Vaughn’s film Stardust.
“Love Ain’t Here Anymore” is a song by boyband Take That. Released on 17 May 1994, it was the sixth and final single taken from Take That’s second album Everything Changes. It peaked at number three in the UK Singles Chart, ending their string of consecutive number-one singles. It failed to overtake Wet Wet Wet’s cover of “Love Is All Around” at number one, and American R&B group, All-4-One, who reached number two with “I Swear”. The song was re-recorded for release in the United States and included on their first Greatest Hits compilation in 1996. A Spanish version of the song, “No Si Aqui No Hay Amor”, was recorded and entered the Spanish charts at number two. It appears as a B-side to the single, “Sure” and to the United States single of Back for Good. The song has received a Silver sales status certification for sales of over 200,000 copies in the UK.
“Let in the Sun” is a song by British pop group Take That. It was released through Polydor Records on 2 March 2015 as the second single from their seventh studio album, III (2014). The song was written by Take That, Edvard Førre Erfjord, Gary Go, Cass Lowe, and Henrik Barman Michelsen, and produced by Stuart Price and features Gary Barlow on lead vocal.
Upon release of Take That’s number one-album, III, “Let in the Sun” was described as the likely second single from the record and a natural progression from the nostalgic and upbeat dance vibe of “These Days”. It was described as a mix between Calvin Harris and Mumford & Sons by critics, with Barlow calling the song a “homage to the early years”, and Howard Donald raising the prospect of the band taking the single to Ibiza due to its club sound and music style.
Take That performed the single for the first time as part of a live set for BBC Radio 2 in December 2014. Take That performed “Let in the Sun” live during the Brit Awards 2015 ceremony.
The official music video for “Let in the Sun” debuted on Vevo on 23 February 2015, after a series of teaser clips which revealed snippets of the video. The music video begins with Take That performing the song in darkness, before light begins to creep out of the wall and into the room. As the song continues the wall of light intensifies as it engulfs the band as they walk towards it as the song draws to a close. The video was well received with one critic calling “the visual matched by the overall uplifting vibe of the single”.
“Kidz” is a song by British pop group Take That from their sixth studio album, Progress. It was released as the second single from the album on 20 February 2011. The song features Mark Owen and Gary Barlow performing lead vocals.
The song was first announced as the album’s second single when the group announced they were to perform the song live on The X Factor final on 12 December 2010, however they instead performed “The Flood” after Simon Cowell felt the song would reflect the recent riots and protests over the rising student tuition fees, due to their backing dancers being dressed as riot police and the lyrics within the song. “Kidz” was officially announced as the second single from Progress on 12 January 2011. The single artwork was posted onto Take That’s official website on 7 February 2011. The single was initially going to be released on 28 February 2011, but the date was moved forward to 21 February 2011. The single’s B-side is “Rocket Ship”, also sung by Gary Barlow and Mark Owen, who uses falsetto. The digital download single was packaged with a remix entitled “Revenge of the Kidz”, which was mixed by Howard Donald.
“I Found Heaven” is a song by English boy band Take That from their debut studio album, Take That & Party. It was released as the album’s fifth single on 10 August 1992.
Written and produced by American singer Billy Griffin and English producer Ian Levine, it was released on 10 August 1992 as the fifth single from the band’s debut album, Take That & Party (1992). It became the group’s second top twenty single, charting at number fifteen on the UK Singles Chart. “I Found Heaven” is the first song by Take That to feature both Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams on lead vocals, and also the only non-cover written by someone else than the band.
In Gary Barlow’s autobiography My Take, he states that the band hates the song: “The song Ian made us sing was truly fucking awful. I still hate it to this day. In fact, we all hate it and absolutely refuse to perform it on stage. It is, by a huge margin, the worst song of Take That’s and my career. At the time I said nothing because I felt I didn’t have a leg to stand on.”
Although often regarded as Robbie Williams’ first song on lead vocals, some parts of the song were mixed in with vocals by Billy Griffin because Williams could not reach the high notes. Williams reportedly walked out of the session after an argument with Ian Levine regarding the matter.
“Hold Up a Light” is the fifth and final single from British group Take That’s fifth studio album, The Circus. It was released to promote Take That’s first live album The Greatest Day – Take That Presents: The Circus Live.
“Hold Up a Light” was written by band members Gary Barlow, Howard Donald, Jason Orange, Mark Owen, along with live band members Jamie Norton and Ben Mark. It was released to radio stations and as a digital download on 14 December 2009. It features Owen on lead vocals, with Barlow taking a partial lead. The song was released as a single after its successful reception from fans whilst on tour. The physical version of the single was available to buy exclusively at stalls around the stadium during their Circus Tour, as well as for a short period of time through Take That’s official website. The song charted at number 8 on the UK Airplay Charts and at number 123 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also featured on Take That’s Progress Live tour, where they performed it together before reuniting with Robbie Williams.
The official music video for “Hold Up a Light” was premiered on the The One Show. The video sees the four band members performing the song live on the Wembley leg of their record breaking Circus Tour.
III is the seventh studio album by English pop band Take That. It is their first studio album since 2010’s Progress and the first to feature the band as a trio, following the departures of Jason Orange and Robbie Williams. The album was released on 28 November 2014. According to Gary Barlow, the album’s sound is an “amalgamation of the past eight years” of Take That material.
The album debuted at number one in the UK, becoming Take That’s seventh number-one album.
“Hey Boy” is a song by British pop group Take That. It was released through Polydor Records on 16 October 2015 as the fourth single from their seventh studio album, III (2014). The song was written by Take That and produced by Greg Kurstin and features Mark Owen, Gary Barlow and Howard Donald on lead vocals.
On completion of Take That’s sell out European tour, Take That Live 2015, the band announced they would be re-releasing their number one-album, III, with 4 new songs. “Hey Boy”, one of these new songs, was announced as the third single from the album in advance of the record. The single follows an electro-pop style that the band adopt in “III” with Howard Donald describing the single as the “most excited” he has been about a release in a “long time”..
Take That performed the single live for the first time on the day it was released to radio on 16 October 2015. The band performed the single on TFI Friday, the first time the band had played on the show.
The music video to “Hey Boy” was filmed in New York City with a 1970s theme, in which the band dressed up as 70s pop stars walking through the streets while performing the song.
“Happy Now” is a song by British pop group Take That from their sixth studio album, Progress. The song features Gary Barlow and Robbie Williams performing lead vocals. The song was released as the third single from the album, mainly to promote the group’s Comic Relief sketch, “Fake That”.
The song was first announced as the album’s third single when it was revealed that the band would perform the song live on the Comic Relief telethon on Red Nose Day 2011 – Friday 18 March. The group performed the song at 9:15pm, following which an announcement was made that a video for the track would premiere on the same night at 10:30pm. The video premiered on digital music channels on 6 April 2011, which subsequently was the same date that the track was placed on the BBC Radio 1 B-Playlist, on 6 April 2011. In the United Kingdom, the single was only released digitally, though a promotional physical release of the single, complete with remixes from Paul Oakenfold and Benny Benassi, was made available in Europe.
The official music video for “Happy Now” was recorded at the BBC Television Studios during February 2011. The video premiered on the Red Nose Day 2011 telethon on March 18 and Take That also performed the number live. The video begins with the band sitting as a Judges’ panel in a small room. The band bring on participants who are hoping to be formed into the group’s ultimate tribute act, Fake That. Many bands appear on stage, including a group of youths, a mixed gender group and five OAPs. The band are then introduced to a five piece made up of comedians Alan Carr, James Corden, John Bishop, David Walliams and Catherine Tate, impersonating Owen, Barlow, Williams, Donald and Orange respectively. The five comedians appear on stage in the group’s outfits from their Do What U Like video in 1991. The real Take That heckle them off stage, however, they return disguised as the group from their video for The Flood, complete with the Progress rowing boat. In similar fashion, they are heckled off; however return in outfits from the group’s videos for Pray, Love Ain’t Here Anymore and Back For Good with each impersonator performing the dance moves of the member of Take That they are pretending to be. Gary Barlow and the rest of the band then agree that the group look good in their Back For Good outfits, and decide to make them into Fake That. The real Take That then appear on stage and perform the final piece of the track with them, before leaving what seems to be a television set. In the end, Carr says “Bye, thanks for coming” to them.
“Greatest Day” is a song by British pop group Take That. It was released through Polydor Records on 24 November 2008 as the lead single from their fifth studio album, The Circus (2008). The song was written and produced by Take That and co-produced by John Shanks.
The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming the band’s eleventh UK number-one single. It has since been certified Gold in the United Kingdom selling over 520,000 copies.
“Everything Changes” is a song by British boy band Take That. The song was the fifth single from the band’s second studio album, Everything Changes. It was written by Gary Barlow, Michael Ward, Eliot Kennedy and Cary Bayliss, and it was produced by Ward. The song features Robbie Williams on lead vocals.
The music video, liberally based on Kylie Minogue’s video for her single “Give Me Just A Little More Time” (shot in the same location, 24 months earlier, in sepia tone), shows the band in a jazz cafe performing the song with people in the cafe joining in. The music video uses the 7″ mix. The only difference between the 7″ mix and the album version is that, there is a spoken part by Robbie Williams in the beginning of the album version that goes “Girl come over here let me hold you for a little while and remember I’ll always love you”. The spoken part is removed in the 7″ mix. The 7″ mix also appears on their Greatest Hits album.
“Do What U Like” is the debut single by English boy band Take That. It was released on 12 July 1991 as the lead single from their debut studio album, Take That & Party (1992).
Written by Gary Barlow and Ray Hedges, it was released on 15 July 1991 as the lead single from Take That’s debut album Take That & Party (1992). The single was released on then-manager Nigel Martin-Smith’s record label Dance U.K. and was a commercial failure, peaking at number 82 on the UK Singles Chart. “Do What U Like” is also the only single not to be included on the band’s second greatest hits compilation, Never Forget – The Ultimate Collection (2005).
“Back for Good” is a song recorded by British band Take That for their third studio album, Nobody Else (1995). It was written and produced by the lead singer Gary Barlow, with an additional production done by Chris Porter.
The song topped the UK Singles Chart, and achieved great success in many countries around the world, including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Spain and the United States.
“Babe” is a song by boyband Take That. It was the fourth single from Take That’s second album, Everything Changes. Written by Gary Barlow, it features Mark Owen on lead vocals. The production was led by David Clayton who later spent 10 years as keyboard player and backing vocalist with Simply Red.
Released on 13 December 1993, it became Take That’s third single in a row to go straight to number one in the UK Singles Chart, knocking Mr Blobby’s self-titled novelty single from the number one slot in the process. The following week however, Mr Blobby’s single climbed back to number one, denying Take That the Christmas number one place. The single sold 350,000 copies in 1993, and was that year’s 14th biggest-selling single. The song was certified platinum on 1 January 1994 for shipments of over 600,000 copies in the UK. The song was featured in the Only Fools and Horses episode “Fatal Extraction” broadcast on 25 December 1993, the day that the song had been knocked off number one in the singles chart.
The music video was the first Take That video to involve the members act out a story and to use drama in. The video runs parallel to the song’s lyrics showing Owen trying to track down a loved one after coming back from war. Later in the video it emerges that Owen has fathered a child. The video uses intercut clips of the band standing around Barlow, all performing the song. The last few seconds of the video are somewhat happier showing outtakes of the band from the video.
“A Million Love Songs” is the penultimate single released by English boy band Take That from their debut studio album, Take That & Party. It was written by lead vocalist Gary Barlow. It was released in the United Kingdom on 5 October 1992 and peaked at number 7 on the UK Singles Chart.
Written by lead vocalist Gary Barlow at the age of 15, it was released as the sixth single from the band’s debut studio album, Take That & Party, peaking at number 7 in the UK Singles Chart. The two primary instruments are piano, played by Barlow, with a saxophone in the bridges originally scored, performed and recorded by Snake Davis. Take That’s longtime saxophonist and music director, Mike Stevens went on to perform these sax parts live, many of them using the extended saxophone part written by Davis, at the end of the song. In January 1993, the song entered the Dutch chart and peaked at #50. The song was released for airplay in the United States in September 1993, but it failed to chart.
The song was performed in the final of The X Factor’s third series in 2006 by eventual winner Leona Lewis, who was joined on stage halfway through the song by all four members of Take That. It was also performed in the second series of The X Factor by eventual winner Shayne Ward and by JLS on the fifth series of X Factor and in sixth series by Lloyd Daniels. Ward’s version was released as a B-side to his single “No Promises”. The song was also covered by Alexander O’Neal on his 2008 album, Alex Loves…. On the ninth series of The X Factor, the song was performed by eventual winner James Arthur at the bootcamp, playing an uptempo rendition on acoustic guitar.
The song has also been voted by critics and music fans as the greatest ballad of all time.