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Forever Young (Rod Stewart song)

"Forever Young" is the second single released by Rod Stewart from his Out of Order album in 1988. The song was a Top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #12, and #7 on the Canadian RPM Magazine charts.

"Forever Young"
Forever Young Album Cover.jpg
Single by Rod Stewart
from the album Out of Order
Released 3 July 1988
Genre Rock
Length 4:06
Label Warner Bros. Records
Songwriter(s) Jim Cregan, Kevin Savigar, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart
Producer(s) Rod Stewart, Andy Taylor
Rod Stewart singles chronology
"Lost in You"
"Forever Young"
"My Heart Can't Tell You No"
"Lost in You"
"Forever Young"
"My Heart Can't Tell You No"

The structure of the lyrics in this song is very similar to a Bob Dylan song of the same title.[1] After its completion, the song was then sent to Dylan, asking whether he had a problem with it. The two men agreed to participate in the ownership of the song and share Stewart's royalties.[2]

Stewart wrote the song with two of his band members: guitarist Jim Cregan and keyboardist Kevin Savigar. Stewart told Mojo magazine in 1995 that he considered "Forever Young" to be one of his favourite songs and the reason for writing it was, "I love 'Forever Young', because that was a real heartfelt song about my kids. I suddenly realized I'd missed a good five years of Sean and Kimberly's life because I was so busy touring all the time. With these kids now I don't make that mistake- I take them on tour with me, so I can watch them grow up. So that's another favorite. Unfortunately, it wasn't a big hit in England, but it's like a national anthem here (America)".[3]

Stewart recorded a more mellow version of the song for his 1996 compilation album If We Fall in Love Tonight, and a version featuring just Stewart's voice with piano accompaniment can be found on the 2009 compilation album The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998. A live version was recorded during his MTV Unplugged session in 1993. Though not included on the original release of the live album Unplugged...and Seated, this version was later released as a bonus track on the Collector's Edition of the album released by Rhino Records in 2009. Another live version of the song from his 2013 performance at The Troubadour, West Hollywood was included on the deluxe edition of the album Time.


Music videoEdit

The video for this song features Stewart singing to a child [played by Alex Zuckerman] while scenes of rural America pass by.

In popular cultureEdit

  • The song was featured in a Pampers commercial that showcased baby animals with their mothers.[4]
  • An acoustic version was performed by Matthew Morrison in the Glee third-season finale episode "Goodbye".[5]Chances Are

Chart historyEdit

Chart (1988) Peak
Australia 94
Canadian Singles Chart[6] 9
New Zealand Singles Chart 46
UK Singles Chart 57
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 13
U.S. Cash Box Top 100[7] 17


  1. ^ Goldstein, Patrick (26 June 1988). "Rod Stewart Sounds an Echo of Dylan". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ Caro. "The song remains the same? Copycats tricky to tag in a recycled culture". Chicago Tribune. Victoria Advocate. Retrieved 30 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Songfacts. Songfacts. Web. 2 Apr. 2012.
  4. ^ Nelson, Emily. "P&G Seeks New Way to Sell Pampers To Parents in Penny-Pinching Times". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 18 November 2013. Pampers' TV ad, [...] shows bear cubs, baby elephants and penguins snuggling with their mothers to [...] "Forever Young." 
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  7. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, October 29, 1988

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