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"Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
Single by Elton John
from the album The Big Picture
A-side "Candle in the Wind 1997"
B-side "You Can Make History (Young Again)"
Released 13 September 1997 (1997-09-13) (UK)
23 September 1997 (1997-09-23) (US)
Format CD, 7"
Length 4:01
Label Mercury / Rocket
Writer(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer Chris Thomas
Elton John singles chronology
"Live Like Horses"
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997"
"Recover Your Soul"

"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" is a song by Elton John, released as the first single from The Big Picture. The single was released as a double A-side single with "Candle in the Wind 1997".

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.

Sales and chart positions

"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" and the video were dedicated (and maybe this inspired the song) to the memory of Gianni Versace, murdered that year.

In the UK only, the single sold over 4,864,600 copies (8x 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 song was considered a double-A-side with "Candle in the Wind 1997" and spent fourteen 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, and while the tribute to Princess Diana peaked at #5 on this chart, "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" spent ten weeks at #1 in late 1997 and early 1998.[1]

Preceded by
"Do They Know It's Christmas" by Band Aid
UK best-selling single in history [2]
14 September 1997 – present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
"Macarena" by Los Del Río
Billboard Hot 100 Single of the Year
Succeeded by
"Too Close" by Next
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
11 October 1997 – 10 January 1998
Succeeded by
"Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden


  1. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ UK Top 10 Best Selling Singles


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