” You Win Again ” is by the Bee Gees, the pop group consisting of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The song was written by Barry, Robin and Maurice.
Production for the single was by Arif Mardin, the Gibb brothers and Brian Tench. Arif Mardin was a Turkish-American music producer who had worked with many artists including Queen, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Bette Midler, Chaka Khan and Phil Collins.
Brian Tench started his producing career in the late 1970s and went on to work on Kate Bush’s hugely successful 1985 Album, Hounds Of Love. He also worked with Arif Mardin mixing the US and UK Number One single ” Separate Lives ” by Phil Collins and Marylin Martin.
” You Win Again ” was released in the United States in August 1987 and the United Kingdom in October of that year. The song was taken as the first single from their seventeenth album ( fifteenth worldwide ) E.S.P, which was also their first Album for six years and their first release for new record label Warner Bros.
The lyrics were written by Barry Gibb while brother Maurice worked on the distinctive drum sounds that begin the song, which he produced in his garage.
According to the book 1000 Number One Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, Robin said of the song ” We absolutely thought that ‘You Win Again’ was going to be a big hit. It took us a month to cut it and get the right mix “.
In a 2001 interview with Mojo magazine Maurice explained how the Gibb brothers write their hit songs ” When we get together and write, it’s not like three individuals? It’s like one person in the room. Usually, we have a book of titles, and we just pick one. I loved ‘ You Win Again ‘ as a title, but we had no idea how it might turn out as a song. It ended up as a big demo in my garage, and I recorded stomps and things. There was just one drum on there. The rest was just sounds. Then, everybody tried to talk us out of the stomps at the start. They didn’t want it. ‘ Take it off. Too loud! Can we have them not on the intro, just when the music starts? ‘ All this stuff, but as soon as you hear that ‘ Jabba-Doomba, Jabba-Doomba ‘ on the radio, you know it’s us. It’s a signal. So, that’s one little secret? Give people an automatic identification of who it is. ”
Lyrically the song explores feelings of love that are not reciprocated, the singer’s partner cannot or will not return the feelings of love, so the singer needs to break down barriers to win their love.
” You Win Again ” was a commercial success for the Bee Gees. However, the song failed to impact the Billboard Hot 100 Chart where it peaked at number seventy-five with it spending six weeks on the chart there. The lack of success in the United States was mainly due to American DJs being reluctant to play the track on air due to the 1980s backlash against Disco music which was taking place at the time.
Although the song didn’t impact the charts in the United States, it did fare better in other countries. It reached Number One in Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Norway.
The Bee Gees also gained Top Ten positions in Italy, the Netherlands, Australia and Sweden. With the Number One position in the United Kingdom, it made the Bee Gees the first group to reach Number One in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
” You Win Again ” entered the UK Singles Chart on the 19th of September and reached Number One which it held for a month. The song spent seven weeks in the Top Ten and a total of sixteen weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 75
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australian Kent Music Report 10, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 2, Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders) 3, Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM) 7, Europe (Eurochart Hot 100) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 14, France (SNEP) 14, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 4, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 5, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 6, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 18, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Poland (LP3) 6, South Africa (Springbok Radio) 2, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 8, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
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