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"Unbreakable" is a song recorded by Irish boy band Westlife. It was released on September 13, 2002 as the first single from their first greatest hits album, Unbreakable: The Greatest Hits Volume 1 (2002). It was composed in the traditional verse–chorus form in G major, with McFadden, Filan and Feehily's vocal ranging from the chords of D4 to C#6.[1]

"Unbreakable"
UnbreakableCD1.jpg
Single by Westlife
from the album Unbreakable - The Greatest Hits Vol. 1
B-side"Never Knew I Was Losing You"
ReleasedSeptember 13, 2002 (2002-09-13)
FormatCD single
Recorded2002
Studio
GenrePop
Length4:33
LabelBMG
Songwriter(s)Jörgen Elofsson · John Reid
Producer(s)Steve Mac
Westlife singles chronology
"Evergreen"
(2002)
"Unbreakable"
(2002)
"Tonight/Miss You Nights"
(2003)
Music video
"Unbreakable" on YouTube

It debuted at number 194 on its first week before reaching the top spot on its second week making it as one of their highest leapers in the UK Singles Chart recorded history with "Us Against the World", "Mandy" and "The Rose". It became the band's eleventh UK number one.[2] The song has received a silver disc sales certification in the UK for over 200,000 copies sold.[3] It is the band's thirteenth best selling single in paid-for sales category and in best selling single combined sales category in the United Kingdom as of January 2019.[4]

Contents

Music videoEdit

The music video was filmed on the same beach as the video for the song "If I Let You Go" and the band members are standing on a sign that reads UNBREAKABLE. The video begins with a young woman crying in a graveyard and then it goes into a flashback, in which it shows her and her boyfriend in a Jeep out for a romantic date on the beach. Later, the woman dresses herself for appears to be either a wedding or a prom and waits for her boyfriend to arrive. The man is driving to his girlfriend's home in the Jeep as he holds a rose to give to her. But as he drives, he takes his eyes off the road as he puts the rose on the passenger's seat and crashes on his way home and is killed. At the girlfriend's home, there's a knock on the door and, believing it is her boyfriend, she rushes to answer, but finds that it's a police officer, who regretfully takes off his hat as he tells her about the accident and she falls to her knees as she breaks down in tears. The video ends with the girlfriend at her boyfriend's grave, on which she puts the rose as she cries. Parts of the video was shot in Hotel Rosslyn Annex as well.

Tours performed atEdit

Track listingEdit

UK CD1
  1. Unbreakable (Single Remix) – 4:28
  2. Never Knew I Was Losing You – 4:55
  3. World of Our Own (U.S. Video) – 3:29
  4. Behind the Scenes Footage – 2:00
UK CD2
  1. Unbreakable (Single Remix) – 4:28
  2. Evergreen (Single Remix) – 3:34
  3. World of Our Own (U.S. Mix) – 3:29
  4. Fans Roll of Honour – 2:00

Chart performanceEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2002/2003) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 23
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[6] 10
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[7] 15
Danish Airplay Chart 45
Denmark (Tracklisten)[8] 6
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[9] 5
Germany (German Airplay Chart) 14
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 12
Ireland (IRMA) 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 18
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 44
Norway (VG-lista)[13] 9
Romania[14] 12
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[15] 1
South Korea[16] 69
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[17] 5
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[18] 41
Taiwan Singles Chart 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[19] 1
UK Radio Airplay Chart 14
World Airplay Chart 7
World Singles Chart 18

Year-end chartsEdit

Charts (2002) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 76

Cover versionsEdit

Irish singer-songwriter Mary Byrne, a finalist on the seventh series of The X Factor, covered the song for her debut studio album Mine & Yours.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Unbreakable BY WESTLIFE - DIGITAL SHEET MUSIC".
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 679. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ "Westlife - Official Top 20". MTV. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
  4. ^ Copsey, Rob (January 12, 2019). "Westlife's Top 20 biggest songs on the Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Westlife – Unbreakable" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Westlife – Unbreakable" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ "Ultratop.be – Westlife – Unbreakable" (in French). Ultratip.
  8. ^ "Danishcharts.com – Westlife – Unbreakable". Tracklisten.
  9. ^ "Billboard - Google Books". Google Books. 30 November 2002.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Westlife – Unbreakable". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Westlife – Unbreakable" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  12. ^ "Charts.nz – Westlife – Unbreakable". Top 40 Singles.
  13. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Westlife – Unbreakable". VG-lista.
  14. ^ http://www.musicchartheaven.com/westlife/westlifehits.htm
  15. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  16. ^ http://www.musicchartheaven.com/westlife/westlifehits.htm
  17. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Westlife – Unbreakable". Singles Top 100.
  18. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Westlife – Unbreakable". Swiss Singles Chart.
  19. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.