No Regrets (Robbie Williams song)

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"No Regrets"
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Single by Robbie Williams
from the album I've Been Expecting You
B-side"Antmusic"
Released30 November 1998
FormatCD single, cassette
Recorded1998
GenrePop rock
Length5:11 (album version)
4:43 (radio edit)
LabelChrysalis
Songwriter(s)Robbie Williams, Guy Chambers
Producer(s)Guy Chambers, Steve Power
Robbie Williams singles chronology
"Millennium"
(1998)
"No Regrets"
(1998)
"Strong"
(1999)
Music video
"No Regrets" on YouTube

"No Regrets" is a song by UK recording artist Robbie Williams. It was released on 30 November 1998 as the second single from his second studio album, I've Been Expecting You (1998). The song was written by Williams and Guy Chambers. The song featured backing vocals by Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys and Neil Hannon of The Divine Comedy.

"No Regrets" became another top five hit for Williams in the United Kingdom. The B-side, "Antmusic", was also featured on the soundtrack to the animated film, A Bug's Life. It is a cover of a song by Adam and the Ants. Another B-side, "Sexed Up", was later re-recorded for the Escapology album and released as a single in 2003.

Background[edit]

This song is in particular about his time in (and departure from) his former band Take That[1][2] but also, in general, about past relationships.

Williams has frequently dedicated the song to the other members (Mark Owen, Gary Barlow, Jason Orange and Howard Donald) in live versions. At the time reconciling with members of Take That, Williams had frequently replaced the final line "I guess the love we once had is officially dead" with "I guess the love we once had is officially alive!", however, since leaving again, he has reverted to the original line.

On Take That's Progress Live tour in 2011, Williams performed part of the song with Donald, Orange, Owen and Barlow providing the backing vocals, as a segue into "Relight My Fire".

Music video[edit]

The video has Williams at first performing in a Vegas-like show. He then realises he cannot fake being happy and leaves the stage. He walks to a petrol station (which is in Hurley opposite the former East Arms Pub), gets some petrol in a jerry can, and begins walking through crowds and over roads, dribbling petrol in a line the whole way. Finally, a spark is dropped at the petrol station and lights up the whole trail as Williams narrates the last lines.

Chart performance[edit]

When the single was released on 30 November 1998, it reached number four in the UK Singles Chart and went on to sell over 200,000 copies, being certified Silver by the BPI.[3] Success worldwide was limited.

Track listing[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "No Regrets".

UK CD1
(Released 30 November 1998)

  1. "No Regrets" – 5:11
  2. "Antmusic" – 3:31
  3. "Deceiving Is Believing" – 4:30

UK CD2
(Released 30 November 1998)

  1. "No Regrets" – 5:11
  2. "There She Goes" (Live at the Forum) – 2:51
  3. "Sexed Up" (demo version) – 3:54
  4. "There She Goes" (Live at the Forum – enhanced video) – 2:51

UK CD Maxi
(Released 30 November 1998)

  1. "No Regrets" – 5:11
  2. "Antmusic" – 3:31
  3. "Sexed Up" (demo version) – 3:54
  4. "There She Goes" (Live at the Forum) – 2:51
  5. "There She Goes" (Live at the Forum – enhanced video) – 2:58

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998–1999) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 34
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[5] 5
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[6] 35
France (SNEP)[7] 67
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 60
Greece (IFPI)[9] 7
Hungary (Mahasz)[10] 6
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[11] 4
Ireland (IRMA)[12] 15
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 71
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 29
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[15]
with "Antmusic"
3
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 43
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[17]
with "Antmusic"
4

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification (if any) Sales/shipments
United Kingdom Silver[18] 200,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.robbiewilliams.com/music/single/no-regretsantmusic
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgTq9FlZ_YQ
  3. ^ BPI Certification for "No Regrets" Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Robbie Williams – No Regrets" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Robbie Williams – No Regrets" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  6. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 15 no. 51. 19 December 1998. p. 18. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – Robbie Williams – No Regrets" (in French). Les classement single.
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Robbie Williams – No Regrets". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Top National Sellers" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 16 no. 1–3. 16 January 1999. p. 9. Retrieved 8 June 2020. See LW column.
  10. ^ "Top National Sellers" (PDF). Music & Media. Vol. 16 no. 10. 6 March 1999. p. 12. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  11. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (26.2–5.3. 1999)". Dagblaðið Vísir (in Icelandic). 26 February 1999. p. 10. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  12. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – No Regrets". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Robbie Williams – No Regrets" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  14. ^ "Charts.nz – Robbie Williams – No Regrets". Top 40 Singles.
  15. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Robbie Williams – No Regrets". Singles Top 100.
  17. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  18. ^ BPI Certification for "No Regrets" Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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