STORY OF SONG
“Golden” is the opening track from British pop artist Harry Styles and his highly acclaimed second studio album, “Fine Line”, which was released in December 2019. The album was placed at #23 on Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Albums of 2019” list.
“Golden” was written by Styles, Thomas Hull, Tyler Johnson and Mitch Rowland; with Johnson also producing the track with Kid Harpoon. The track discusses the excitement but also terror that comes with starting a new relationship. In a video interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, Styles discusses the day he wrote the song and how it came about – as well as the use of psychedelic drugs throughout his writing process for “Fine Line”: “My favorite memory from making this album was the day we wrote ‘Golden.‘ We were all sat in the kitchen at [Rick Rubin’s recording studio] Shangri-La, having dinner, and we played it on one guitar while everyone sang around the table. It just felt really good. Part of the thing with the mushrooms for me is that I never do anything when I’m working. I don’t even drink when I’m working. I don’t drink really at all. And when I was in the band, to me it felt like it was so much bigger than any of us. I felt like, I’m not going to be the one who messes it up. So I thought, now is the time in my life when you go out and experiment. You take this and you do that. Making this record just felt…joyous. I was with my friends and we were in Malibu and I felt so safe. Now’s the time to have fun—we’re 24, and I’m in music. I’m not a politician. We wrote it on day two of being at Shangri-La, and immediately, as soon as we’d done it, it was like, ‘Oh, this is track one.’ I used to drive to the studio, and it’s the perfect PCH song. It’s like driving down the coast is what the song is for. It feels so Malibu to me.”
There is currently no music video for the track, but the official audio upload on Harry Styles’ YouTube channel has over 2.7 million views.
Release Date: 13th December 2019
Songwriter/s: Harry Styles, Thomas Hull, Tyler Johnson & Mitch Rowland
Producer/s: Tyler Johnson & Kid Harpoon
Label/s: Columbia / Erskine
Chart Rankings: “Golden” peaked at #86 on the Billboard Hot 100, and has over 23.7 million plays on Spotify.
The lyrics to “Golden” can be accessed here: LINK