"Forever Young" - Rod Stewart
from the album Out Of Order (1988)
Billboard Hot 100 peak: #12 (one week)
Weeks in the Top-40: 10
Today's song of the day comes from Rod Stewart, who rolled out what would be the biggest album of the decade for him, Out Of Order, with the rollicking "check back with the ex" track "Lost In You". The second single from the album would be the reflective mid-tempo rock song "Forever Young". Written with bandmates Kevin Savigar and Jim Cregan, credit was given to Bob Dylan when it was pointed out the similarities with his song and one done by Dylan of the same title from his album Planet Waves. Nevertheless, the song became one of Rod's "signature" tunes...
"Forever Young" became the second top-20 pop hit from Out Of Order in America in October of 1988. The single went all the way to #3 for a week on Billboard's Adult Contemporary (or "easy listening") chart, and #13 on their Mainstream Rock radio list. Internationally, the song went to #9 in Canada, but missed the top 40 in Ireland (#41), New Zealand (#46), and even his native Britain (#57).
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Here's Rod performing the song live at an intimate concert...
..and for comparison, here's Dylan's own "Forever Young"...
Up tomorrow: Grab a Michelob, it's time for some more adult rock from a British vet.