‘Best Song Ever’ is about a boy meets a girl that he really likes her and she’s a flirt. She stole his heart and they were dancing all night to the best song ever. They knew all the lyrics to the song and now sometime later from that the guy is thinking back to that night but he can’t remember how the song goes but even if they don’t see each other again he knows that they won’t forget each other.
Fans have speculated that this song is in a way thanking them (their fans). They’re saying that years later when they may not be as famous, they’ll remember their fans like they will always remember them. (You know, I know, you know I’ll remember you and I know, you know, I hope you’ll remember me) It’s their way of thanking them for being there. That it will be okay if they don’t remember the lyrics one day, but they will at the same time it’s just buried. How the fans find each new song they give present to them as something that they will always love and believe to be as the best song ever.
The music video was shot in Miami and directed by British director Ben Winston. It features all five band members playing alternative characters. In an interview with MTV News, Winston explained that the video is about celebrating who One Direction guys are, while also paying homage to the release of ‘This Is Us’ he said: “The film that we’ve made ‘This Is Us’ is really the boys’ story, and it’s not trying to make them anything they’re not. And that’s what’s incredible about One Direction, I think, is that they are a boy band that break all the rules and always do what they want to do. And part of loving One Direction is sort of understanding they are their own men and they do what they want to do at all times. They dance if they want to dance. They’ll sing the tunes they want. They’ll dress however they want to dress and that, I guess, is sort of a part of the video. Therefore they actually put the DVD into the exec’s DVD player, show them some clips of ‘This Is Us’ and in the end, just graffiti a picture of them looking cool, looking normal, looking how we would find them every day. And the punch line, of course, is this is us; don’t try and make us anybody that we’re not. We are who we are and we’re never going to change for anybody.”
UK singer/songwriter Ed Drewett has had success writing many songs before, but this one was his first tune for One Direction to get released. In an interview with MTV News UK he said: “I met them a few times as soon as they came off The X Factor. We did a couple of sessions but nothing happened with the song. This time, I was just drafted in by their record label, I got on the whiskey and me and my friends just came up with this song, which then happened to become their first single from their third album. So fantastic news for me, so I got on the whiskey again, Just the one.”
Release Date: July 22, 2013
Songwriter/s: Wayne Hector – John Ryan – Ed Drewett – Julian Bunetta
Label: Syco – Columbia
Chart Rankings: In the US, the song topped the Digital Songs Charts, reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and reached number 16 on the Mainstream Top 40. It was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales over 1 million copies. In the UK, it peaked at number 2 on the Official Charts Company and was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI). The song reached the top 10 charts in several countries around the world including Australia, Canada, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa and Spain. It was certified Platinum in Australia, and Gold in Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Sweden.
Artist’s age on Release Date: The Band had been active for 3 years when they released this song.
Cover Versions: Megan Nicole – The Vamps – Rajiv Dhall & TwentyForSeven – America’s Got Talent finalists 2013 – Alex & Sierra (The X Factor) – Johnny Orlando – Maddie Wilson – Tyler Vivian and Mike Lake – Kimmi Smiles – Lauren Bonnell – Gabrielle Aplin – Carson – Tera Brite – other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.