This song is about Horan’s Town and what it represents to him. It achieved unexpected success to Horan, in an interview with Carson Daily he said: “I just released ‘This Town’ to let people know that I was still doing something and it was the best of the bunch of songs I had at the time because I had only written a few at the time, and I just thought I’d release it and then it kind of took on a life of its own.”
Horan told the story of the song, he said: “It was one of the first songs that I’d written. I wasn’t trying to write big choruses and stuff like that, I was trying to write stuff that suited me. The title came before anything it was like this town and what my hometown effectively what it means to me and there are a lot of people who can relate to it because it’s such a writeable song. If you come from a small town you get that straight away, it’s like, every time you go home people are coming in from all over the world and you walk into the bar and it’s like there is the girl you fell for when you were 12.” Horan also explained that ‘This Town’ has a double meaning, he said: “To me the way I look at it, if you’re from a small town you’ll get this, every time you go back to your hometown you’ll see this girl in the bar, or wherever, and then everything comes back to you. And then the other part of it is the town itself no matter whatever you do whenever you live, when you go home, everything comes back to the town. That’s the way I kind of wrote it, as a double meaning.”
Release Date: September 29, 2016
Songwriter/s: Niall Horan – Jamie Scott – Mike Needle – Daniel Bryer
Chart Rankings: In the US, the song the song peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, reached number 12 on the Adult Contemporary, number 4 on the Adult Top 40 and peaked at number 3 on the Dance Club Songs Charts. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Platinum for sales over 1 million copies. In the UK, it reached number 9 on the Official Charts Company and was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales over 200,000 copies. ‘This Town’ topped the charts in Finland and peaked at number 52 in Germany, number 5 in Australia, number 22 in Belgium, number 12 in Netherlands and number 2 in Scotland. It was certified Double Platinum in Canada and Ireland. In Australia and Sweden it was certified Platinum.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Niall James Horan was 23 years old when he released this song.
Cover Versions: Kurt Hugo Schneider – Jasmine Thompson – Samantha Harvey – Joshua David Evans – Citizen Four – Justice Carradine – Ebony Day – Ysabelle Cuevas – Tiffany Alvord – Gabriella – Hayden Summerall – RollupHills – other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.