Forever Young (Alphaville song)

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Albert Flores

"Forever Young" is a song by German synth-pop band Alphaville from their 1984 debut studio album of the same name. The single was successful in Scandinavia and in the European German-speaking countries in the same year.

The single achieved more success in the United States than in the United Kingdom, but it failed to reach the American top 40 despite three separate US single releases. Though not the group's highest-charting single in Europe, "Forever Young" was one of the band's signature songs and has been covered by numerous artists. +more It also formed the basis of Jay-Z's song "Young Forever". "Forever Young" is written in the key of C major.

Alphaville versions

Original 1984 version

Background and video

Originally released by Alphaville as a single in 1984, "Forever Young" was available in both its original mix and in a dance version, entitled the "Special Dance Mix". Over the years, the band has released several remixes and demo versions of the song.

The single initially reached number 93 in 1985 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the top 40 on the U. S. +more Hot Dance Music/ Club Play Singles. When re-released in 1988, it peaked at number 65 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The song's music video, directed by Brian Ward, shows the band performing in one of the halls at Holloway Sanatorium in Virginia Water, England. A number of people from children to the elderly, dressed in ragged finery, awake to watch the band, then walk through a diamond-shaped glowing portal.

Track listings

7-inch single # "Forever Young" - 3:45 # "Welcome to the Sun" - 3:09

*12-inch maxi single # "Forever Young" (special dance version) - 6:06 # "Forever Young" - 3:45 # "Welcome to the Sun" - 3:09

* "Welcome to the Sun" also appeared (in a remix and a re-recording) on 1999's Dreamscapes.

Other releases

The original album version has also appeared on the following official Alphaville releases: * Alphaville Amiga Compilation, 1988 * Alphaville: The Singles Collection, 1988 * First Harvest 1984-92, 1992

The "Special Dance Version" and the B-side "Welcome to the Sun" were both included on so80s presents Alphaville (2014).

Other versions

This song has been released several times in various forms, including remixes and demos, on: * Alphaville: The Singles Collection, 1988 (remixed) * History, 1993 (covered live) * Dreamscapes, 1999 (demo, demo remix, performed live and re-recorded acoustically) * Little America, 1999 (performed live) * Stark Naked and Absolutely Live, 2000 (performed live) * Forever Pop, 2001 (remixed) * "Forever Young 2001" (see below) * "Forever Young The Remix", 2006 (see below)


Forever Young 2001

In 2001, Alphaville released a new set of remixes in a "limited fan edition" called "Forever Young 2001". This single contained three music tracks, one spoken word track, and a PC-only track.

This CD was released to fans for free, only postage needed to be paid. The names of every fan who had requested a copy were printed on the inside cover. +more Copies were hand-signed by the band. The remixes that appear on the single have not appeared on other releases.

The cover is a still image from the video, which was created by The Cartoon Saloon.

Track listings

CD single # "Forever Young" (F. A. +moreF's Diamonds in the Sun Mix) - 3:56 #* Remixed by: F. A. F # "Forever Young" (Factory Mix) - 4:21 #* Remixed by: José Alvarez-Brill # "Forever Young" (Original Demo 1983) - 4:43 # "Thank You" (Spoken Version) - 3:44 # "Forever Young" (Magix PlayR) (PC only).

* The "Thank You" track consisted of then-member Bernard Lloyd thanking the fans, while speaking over one of his "favorite tracks," which was a remix of "Lassie Come Home," as it was to appear on the 2001 remix album Forever Pop. * The Magix PlayR track was a PC-only application that allowed fans to customize the FAF remix to their liking.

CD promo single # "Forever Young (F.A.F's Diamonds in the Sun Mix)" - 3:56

* This promotional CD was produced in a strictly limited run of 500 copies and not sold commercially.

Forever Young the Remix

Released in 2006, this CD contains two new remixes by notable remix artist Bill Hamel. It also includes a digitally remastered version of the original album version of the song. +more The remix reached number 31 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart, peaking higher than the original version in 1986, which only charted at number 47.

Track listing

CD single # "Forever Young" (Hamel album mix) - 4:58 # "Forever Young" (Bill Hamel club mix) - 7:39 # "Forever Young" (remastered original version) - 3:47

Interactive version

In 1994, German electronic group Interactive released a cover which reached number 7 in Germany and number 10 in Denmark and the Netherlands. It also made the top 20 in five other countries and on the Eurochart Hot 100, the song reached number 34. +more This electronic dance version does not contain most of the song's lyrics and only includes a slightly modified chorus as the sole vocals. In 2002, German DJ and music producer Kosmonova remixed their version of "Forever Young". The remix peaked at number 21 in Germany and number 37 in the UK.

Music video

The music video for "Forever Young" was directed by Basil Schlegel. It features kids attending and partying in a night club.

Track listing

; CD Maxi (Germany) #"Forever Young" (Radio Edit) - 3:40 #"Forever Young" (Extended Version) - 5:59 #"Mobilé" - 5:04 #"Waves of Balah" - 5:44


Denmark (Tracklisten)10
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100 Singles)34
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)15

Australia (ARIA)71
Germany (Official German Charts)61
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)96


Youth Group version

In 2005, Australian rock band Youth Group were asked by the producers of the American television series +more'>The O. C. to record a version of "Forever Young" for use in the show, following a positive response to the use of their single "Shadowland" in a previous episode. Their version of "Forever Young" was used in the show and the show's trailers, and was included on the soundtrack album Music from the OC: Mix 5. Released as a single in Australia on 6 March 2006, the song reached number one on the ARIA Singles Chart for two weeks. The track was included on Youth Group's album Casino Twilight Dogs, released later that year.

Track listing

# "Forever Young" - 4:33 # "Someone Else's Dream" - 2:36 # "Forever Young" (edit) - 3:26


US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)10
US Pop 100 (Billboard)76

Australia (ARIA)7


Becky Hill version

In 2020, British singer Becky Hill released a cover version of the song. It was released on 13 November 2020 by Polydor Records and Eko Records. +more The song was selected as the soundtrack to the 2020 McDonald's Christmas advert in the UK.


The song raised money for FareShare, in which McDonald's donated five million meals for charity. Hill also donated 10p from every download, going to food charity FareShare. +more She said on her Twitter account, "'forever young' is bigger than just a nice christmas advert & song. @mcdonaldsuk has committed to funding @fareshareuk to redistribute over 5 million meals by April 2021 to families in need. at least 10p of every download goes towards a great cause. no child should be hungry".


Credits adapted from Tidal. * Charlie Hugall - producer, mixer, recording engineer, studio personnel * Bernhard Lloyd - composer * Frank Mertens - composer * Marian Gold - composer, lyricist * Adam Rust - associated performer, keyboards * Becky Hill - associated performer, vocals * Matt Colton - mastering engineer, studio personnel



Cash Cash version

In 2010, American electronic music group Cash Cash released a cover of the song. It was released on 8 March 2010 through Universal Records.


Credits adapted from AllMusic. * Cash Cash - primary artist * Bernhard Lloyd - composer * Frank Mertens - composer * Marian Gold - composer, lyricist

Music video

A music video for the song was released via YouTube on 29 June 2010. As of 2014, the video has since been removed.


Chart (2010)Peak position
US Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales (Billboard)34

Other versions and samples

In 1985, Laura Branigan covered the song on her album Hold Me. This version was also included on her 2010 digitally remastered two-disc greatest hits compilation Shine On: The Ultimate Collection. +more *In 1989, reggae artist Wayne Wonder released a cover version that achieved some popularity in Jamaica. A recording of Wonder's version was released on the Alphaville Fan Club release History (1993). *In 1993, German heavy metal guitarist Axel Rudi Pell covered "Forever Young" on his album The Ballads, and it was also released as a single. *In 1997, Swedish vocal group Ainbusk covered the song in Swedish, as För evigt nu, with lyrics by Marie Nilsson-Lind. They also recorded the song for their 2001 holiday album I midvintertid, en jul på Gotland. *Karel Gott covered the song in Czech, as Být stále mlád in 1999, and in German as Für immer jung, released on his 2000 album with the same name, released on 7 February 2000. *In 2009, American rapper Jay-Z sampled a reworked 1992 version of the Wayne Wonder cover (which now featured Buju Banton & Stone Love) for his album The Blueprint 3. Retitled "Young Forever", Jay-Z's rap version featured Mr Hudson and reached number 10 on the UK Singles Chart. *American singer Brandi Carlile included a live performance of "Forever Young" as a hidden final track on her Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony album (2011). *In 2011, EP by Sam Concepcion in commemoration of his 10th anniversary in the show business industry. It was released in September 2011 under Universal Records. composer: Ito Rapadas of Neo Colors & Kathleen Dy Go. *In 2019, Undressd released a cover that charted in Sweden peaking at number 44 on Sverigetopplistan, the official Swedish singles chart. *In 2019, Frederick Lloyd, under his "Ursine Vulpine" alias, recorded a cover of the song. His cover was featured in the trailers to the 2019 film Gemini Man as well as the 2021 video game New World. *At the end of 2019, a version of the song, sung by American singer-songwriter Andrea von Kampen, was recorded for the Hafod Hardware Christmas advertisement.

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