Never Forget

Album: Nobody Else (1995)
Charted: 1
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Songfacts®:

  • Written by Gary Barlow, "Never Forget" features Howard Donald on lead vocal, with additional singing from Robbie Williams. The song is about Take That celebrating their roots and remaining grounded in the face of success. "Never Forget" is also a comment on the fleeting nature of fame, with the song taking on an extra significance given the fact it came out a few days after Williams quit Take That to pursue a solo career.

    Speaking as part of the DVD release of his Since I Saw You Last Tour in 2014, Barlow commented: "'Never Forget' is one of those songs that I hardly remember writing, but it's meant so much for so long for us. It's sort of ingrained into what we believe in and how we view what we do. 'Never Forget' is a really important song."
  • The single version of "Never Forget" features more cinematic instrumentation than the album version. This remix was courtesy of Jim Steinman, most famous for producing Meat Loaf's best-selling album Bat Out of Hell. Steinman's version opens with an excerpt from Giuseppe Verdi's "Requiem" alongside a children's choir. It also incorporates handclaps and gospel singers, among other theatrical elements.

    In a video posted to social media paying tribute to Steinman following his death in April 2021, Barlow said: "My demo was stripped-back, mid-tempo, it plodded along, but you came in and added all the punctuation and drama that track needed to make it the hit it became, and to this day, we still finish our concerts with that song. And from this point, when we do, I'll be thinking of you."
  • "Never Forget" was Take That's seventh #1 in the UK. It remained at the top of the chart for three weeks and has since gone on to sell over 600,000 copies. "Never Forget" also peaked at #1 in Spain, Ireland, and Lithuania.
  • The music video for this song was directed by David Amphlett. It combines footage and photographs from Take That's childhood alongside more recent clips of the band on tour and interacting with fans. The video also features other highlights from Take That's career, including images of the band meeting Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
  • Take That performed this song on the final of The X Factor in 2010 alongside contestants Matt Cardle, Rebecca Ferguson, and One Direction. Later that evening, the band performed "The Flood," their first single to feature Williams in 15 years.
  • This song won the Ivor Novello Award for Most Performed Song in 1996. Take That won the same coveted award for "Shine" in 2008.
  • In 2005, Take That released a greatest hits album called Never Forget – The Ultimate Collection. As well as featuring their singles, the album also included a newly recorded song named "Today I've Lost You." Barlow wrote the song in 1995 as a sequel to the hugely successful "Back For Good," but the band split up before putting it on tape.
  • "Never Forget" was the last single released from Take That's third studio album, Nobody Else, after "Sure" and "Back For Good." Nobody Else was the band's final full-length before going on hiatus in 1996, with Take That not releasing another studio album until 2006 in the form of Beautiful World.

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