"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" is a song by Elton John, released in 1997 as the first single from his 26th studio album The Big Picture. The song and its video were dedicated to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, who died that year.

The single was released later also as a double A-side single with "Candle in the Wind 1997". This double A-side is the second highest-selling single of all time, having sold over 33 million copies worldwide according to the Guinness World Records, second only to Bing Crosby's "White Christmas". However, it is considered the highest-selling single worldwide in terms of actual certified sales.

The video for the song featured actors and actresses from the UK television programme This Life, as well as supermodels Kate Moss and Sophie Dahl and is regarded as one of Elton John's best videos. John has publicly revealed (through his "warts and all" documentary Tantrums and Tiaras) that he finds videos "fucking loathsome" and after the album The Big Picture refrained from appearing in his own videos unless they were cameo appearances.


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Sales and chart positions[edit]Edit

In the UK alone, the double A-side single with "Candle in the Wind 1997" sold over 4,864,600 copies (8× Platinum), making the song the best-selling single ever in UK history. It remained for five weeks at the number-one position. In the US, the double A-side single spent 14 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. On the US adult contemporary chart, however, "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" and "Candle In the Wind 1997" charted separately; while the tribute to Princess Diana peaked at #2 on this chart,[1] "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" spent ten weeks at #1 in late 1997 and early 1998.


End-of-year charts[edit]Edit

End-of-year chart (1997) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] 1

End-of-decade charts[edit]Edit

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 5

All-time charts[edit]Edit

Chart Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 41


Preceded by

"Do They Know It's Christmas" by Band Aid

UK best-selling single in history[5]

14 September 1997 – present

Succeeded by


Preceded by

"The Drugs Don't Work" by The Verve

UK Singles Chart number-one single

14 September 1997 – 19 October 1997

Succeeded by

"Spice Up Your Life" by Spice Girls

Preceded by

"Men in Black" by Will Smith

Australia ARIA Singles Chart number-one single

5 October 1997 – 9 November 1997

Succeeded by

"Barbie Girl" by Aqua

Preceded by

"Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba

New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart number-one single

5 October 1997 – 9 November 1997

Succeeded by

"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by N-Trance

Preceded by

"4 Seasons of Loneliness" by Boyz II Men

Billboard Hot 100 number one single (with "Candle in the Wind 1997")

11 October 1997 – 10 January 1998

Succeeded by

"Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden

Preceded by

"How Do I Live" by LeAnn Rimes

Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single

November 22, 1997 – January 24, 1998

Succeeded by

"My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion

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