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MIKE + THE MECHANICS - THE LIVING YEARS (SONG)
Entry:05/03/1989 (Position 45)
Last week in charts:16/07/1989 (Position 44)
Peak:1 (1 weeks)
Weeks:20
Place on best of all time:451 (771 points)
Year:1988
Music/Lyrics:Mike Rutherford
B.A. Robertson
Producer:Mike Rutherford
Christopher Neil
World wide:
de  Peak: 13 / weeks: 10
at  Peak: 18 / weeks: 6
nl  Peak: 20 / weeks: 10
be  Peak: 25 / weeks: 6 (Vl)
se  Peak: 18 / weeks: 1
no  Peak: 10 / weeks: 2
au  Peak: 1 / weeks: 20
nz  Peak: 11 / weeks: 8

7" Single
WEA 257 717-7



3" CD-Maxi
WEA 257 710-2


TRACKS
02/01/1989
7" Single WEA 257 717-7 (Warner) / EAN 0022925771773
1. The Living Years
5:32
2. Too Many Friends
4:20
   
02/01/1989
3" CD-Maxi WEA 257 710-2 (Warner) / EAN 0022925771025
1. The Living Years
5:30
2. Too Many Friends
4:23
3. Mike & The Mechanics - I Get The Feeling (Live)
6:10
   

AVAILABLE ON FOLLOWING MEDIA
VersionLengthTitleLabel
Number
Format
Medium
Date
5:32Living YearsWEA
256 004-2
Album
CD
28/10/1988
5:32The Living YearsWEA
257 717-7
Single
7" Single
02/01/1989
5:30The Living YearsWEA
257 710-2
Single
3" CD-Maxi
02/01/1989
5:32KuschelRock 3Columbia
465948 2
Compilation
CD
11/10/1989
5:30Hits Now 89 Vol. IIWEA
89-2
Compilation
CD
1989
5:31The Greatest Hits Of 89Telstar
STAR 2389
Compilation
LP
1989
5:32KuschelRock 3CBS
465948 1
Compilation
LP
1989
5:29Knuffelrock - 36 Super Love SongsCBS
466992 2
Compilation
CD
1990
5:30The Best Of 1980-1990 Vol. IVEMI
7 98335 2
Compilation
CD
1991
5:32Forever HotPolystar
510 800-2
Compilation
CD
1991
5:25Time Life: The Rock Collection - Rock BalladsTime Life
TL 527/23
Compilation
CD
1992
Live6:23All The Very Best Live - The Best Of The Prince's Trust ConcertsStar Direct
SDCD 017
Compilation
CD
1993
5:30Twenty-One Good Reasons - The Paul Carrack CollectionChrysalis
8272212
Album
CD
11/05/1994
5:33HitsVirgin
8414482
Album
CD
27/02/1996
5:12Now That's What I Call Music! 1989 [The Millennium Series]Virgin
NOWMIL-1989 / 5202802
Compilation
CD
21/06/1999
5:30Entertainment Weekly - The Greatest Hits 1989Buddha
74465 996482
Compilation
CD
07/03/2000
5:28HärzschmärzEMI
5636652
Compilation
CD
14/02/2005
5:21CollectedUSM
533938-1
Album
CD
14/09/2012
5:32Living Years [25th Anniversary Edition]Virgin
CDVDR 2825 / 3766852
Album
CD
17/01/2014
5:22The Singles 1985 - 2014Virgin
CDV 3118 / 3753163
Album
CD
17/01/2014
5:22The Singles 1985 - 2014 [+ Rarities]Virgin
CDVD 3118 / 3753171
Album
CD
17/01/2014
20145:17Living Years [25th Anniversary Edition]Virgin
CDVDR 2825 / 3766852
Album
CD
17/01/2014
5:27Now That's What I Call 1989Now
88644468567
Compilation
Digital
04/08/2014
5:24R-KiveVirgin
RKIVE 1
Album
CD
26/09/2014
5:27Joe Top 2000 Volume 9Universal
5379885
Compilation
CD
29/09/2017
5:32Feelings (18) - Die schönsten Pop-Balladen der 70er & 80er JahreS*R
77 628 6
Compilation
CD
 
MUSIC DIRECTORY
Mike & The MechanicsMike & The Mechanics: Discography / Become a fan
MIKE & THE MECHANICS IN AUSTRALIAN CHARTS
Singles

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Nobody's Perfect (Mike + The Mechanics)29/01/1989296
The Living Years (Mike + The Mechanics)05/03/1989120
Word Of Mouth26/05/1991339
 
Albums

TitleEntryPeakweeks
Living Years (Mike + The Mechanics)12/03/19891021
SONGS BY MIKE & THE MECHANICS
A Beggar On A Beach Of Gold
A Call To Arms
A Day To Remember (Mike Rutherford)
A House Of Many Rooms
A Time And Place
Acting Very Strange (Mike Rutherford)
Ain't That Peculiar
All I Need Is A Miracle
All I Need Is A Miracle '96
All The Light I Need
Always Listen To Your Heart
Always The Last To Know (Mike + The Mechanics)
Another Cup Of Coffee
Are You Ready? (Mike + The Mechanics)
Asking (For The Last Time)
Background Noise (Mike + The Mechanics)
Beautiful Day (Mike + The Mechanics)
Before (The Next Heartache Falls)
Black & Blue (Mike + The Mechanics)
Blame (Mike + The Mechanics)
Boys At The Front (Mike + The Mechanics)
Calypso (Mike Rutherford)
Couldn't Get Arresred (Mike Rutherford)
Did You See Me Coming
Don't (Mike + The Mechanics)
Don't Know What Came Over Me (Mike + The Mechanics)
Every Road (Mike Rutherford)
Everybody Gets A Second Chance
Falling (Mike + The Mechanics + Paul Carrack)
Get Up
Going, Going... Home
Halfway There (Mike Rutherford)
Hanging By A Thread (Mike + The Mechanics)
Heaven Doesn't Care (Mike + The Mechanics)
Help Me (Mike + The Mechanics)
Hideaway (Mike Rutherford)
High Life (Mike + The Mechanics)
How Can I (Mike + The Mechanics + Paul Carrack)
Hunt You Down (Mike + The Mechanics)
I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
I Don't Do Love (Mike + The Mechanics)
I Don't Wanna Know (Mike Rutherford)
I Don't Want It All (Mike + The Mechanics + Paul Carrack)
I Get The Feeling
I Think I've Got The Message (Mike + The Mechanics)
If I Were You (Mike + The Mechanics + Paul Carrack)
If Only
I'll Be There For You (Mike + The Mechanics)
It Only Hurts For A While (Mike + The Mechanics)
Let Me Fly (Mike + The Mechanics)
Let's Pretend It Didn't Happen
Little Boy (Mike + The Mechanics)
Look Across At Dreamland
Love Left Over (Mike + The Mechanics)
Making A Big Mistake (Mike Rutherford)
Maxine (Mike Rutherford)
Mea culpa
Moonshine (Mike Rutherford)
My Crime Of Passion
My Little Island
Nobody Knows (Mike + The Mechanics)
Nobody Told Me (Mike + The Mechanics)
Nobody's Perfect (Mike + The Mechanics)
Not Out Of Love (Mike + The Mechanics)
Now That You've Gone
Oh No (Mike + The Mechanics)
One By One (Mike + The Mechanics)
One Left Standing (Mike + The Mechanics + Paul Carrack)
Open Up
Ordinary Girl
Over My Shoulder
Overnight Job (Mike Rutherford)
Par Avion
Perfect Child (Mike + The Mechanics + Paul Carrack)
Plain & Simple
Poor Boy Down (Mike + The Mechanics)
Reach Out (Touch The Sun) (Mike + The Mechanics)
Revolution (Mike + The Mechanics)
Rewired (Mike + The Mechanics + Paul Carrack)
Romani (Mike Rutherford)
Save My Soul (Mike + The Mechanics)
Save The World (Mike + The Mechanics)
Seeing Is Believing (Mike + The Mechanics)
Silent Running (On Dangerous Ground)
Smallcreep's Day: I. Between The Tick And The Tock (Mike Rutherford)
Smallcreep's Day: II. Working In Line (Mike Rutherford)
Smallcreep's Day: III. After Hours (Mike Rutherford)
Smallcreep's Day: IV. Cats And Rats (In The Neighbourhood) (Mike Rutherford)
Smallcreep's Day: V. Smallcreep Alone (Mike Rutherford)
Smallcreep's Day: VI. Out Into The Daylight (Mike Rutherford)
Smallcreep's Day: VII. At The End Of The Day (Mike Rutherford)
Someone Always Hates Someone
Something To Believe In
Somewhere Along The Line (Mike + The Mechanics + Paul Carrack)
Stop Baby
Take The Reins
Taken In
The Best Is Yet To Come (Mike + The Mechanics)
The Ghost Of Sex And You
The Letter (Mike + The Mechanics)
The Living Years (Mike + The Mechanics)
The Road (Mike + The Mechanics)
The Way You Look At Me
Time And Time Again (Mike Rutherford)
Too Far Gone
Too Many Friends (Mike + The Mechanics)
Try To Save Me (Mike + The Mechanics)
Underscore (Mike + The Mechanics + Paul Carrack)
Walking On Water (Mike + The Mechanics)
Web Of Lies
What Will You Do
When I Get Over You
When My Feet Don't Touch The Ground (Mike + The Mechanics)
Whenever I Stop
Who's Fooling Who (Mike Rutherford)
Why Me? (Mike + The Mechanics)
Wonder (Mike + The Mechanics)
Word Of Mouth
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
You Are The One
You Can Be The Rock (Mike + The Mechanics)
You Don't Know What Love Is (Mike + The Mechanics)
You Never Change (Mike + The Mechanics)
You've Really Got A Hold On Me
ALBUMS BY MIKE & THE MECHANICS
Acting Very Strange (Mike Rutherford)
Beggar On A Beach Of Gold
Favourites - The Very Best Of
Hits
Let Me Fly (Mike + The Mechanics)
Living Years (Mike + The Mechanics)
Mike & The Mechanics (M6)
Mike + The Mechanics (Mike + The Mechanics)
Rewired (Mike + The Mechanics + Paul Carrack)
Smallcreep's Day (Mike Rutherford)
The Road (Mike + The Mechanics)
The Singles 1985 - 2014 (Mike + The Mechanics)
Word Of Mouth
DVDS BY MIKE & THE MECHANICS
Live At Shepherds Bush London (Mike + The Mechanics + Paul Carrack)
 
REVIEWS
Average points: 5.11 (Reviews: 148)
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*****
Brings me back the childhood.
Last edited: 02/03/2006 22:16
*****
5.5
****
Great moving track that still sounds great today. UK#2 and Ireland#1. US#1.
Last edited: 15/09/2010 20:53
****
nice ballad,classic track
******
Fantastic classic.
******
Beautiful, touching ballad. Lyrically superb.
*****
Superb track with real lyrical meaning. I much prefer this era of #1 hits in Australia, as opposed to songs about iPods stuck on Replay, or seeing girls at the club that are like OMG.
******
This one is for my nanna :-( R.I.P
****
Good track.
*
this song has haunted me my whole life, when i hear that start i cringe and go straight to turn it off. i can't explain my passionate hate for this, is it the lyrics? is it the sentiment? i really don't know but all i know is that i can't listen to it right through. maybe something happened when i was a baby and then this song came out and my subconscious mind has never allowed me to enjoy this song or view it any different.

this would be amongst my top five most hated songs of all time, the list also includes crazy frog 'axel f', 'achy breaky heart', 'cotton eyed joe' and 'just the way you are (drunk at the bar).
******
6/6
*****
Epic ballad.
****
Good 80's power ballad that I didn't realise was so popular.
Last edited: 02/01/2015 09:24
**
2 stars
****
Bloated, for sure, but nice enough.
******
One of my favourites of that year. A strong ballad that still holds up well today.
***
This is something that sounds vaguely familiar, and a song that doesn't really grab me as much as it does for almost every other reviewer here.
***
Decent. 3.3.
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