"Steal My Girl" is a song written and recorded by English-Irish boy band One Direction. It is the lead single from their fourth studio album Four (2014). It was released worldwide on 29 September 2014.[1] The single was written by band members Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne and regular collaborators Wayne Hector, John Ryan, Ed Drewett and Julian Bunetta (the four had previously written "Best Song Ever").[1] It was produced by Julian Bunetta, John Ryan and Pär Westerlund. They also performed this song for the first time on their fourth concert tour, the On the Road Again Tour.

"Steal My Girl"
One Direction - Steal My Girl.png
Single by One Direction
from the album Four
Released29 September 2014
Format
Recorded2014
Length3:48
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Julian Bunetta
  • John Ryan
  • Pär Westerlund
One Direction singles chronology
"You & I"
(2014)
"Steal My Girl"
(2014)
"Night Changes"
(2014)

Contents

Background and releaseEdit

The announcement was first made on band member Liam Payne's Twitter on 14 September.[1] The single became available worldwide on 29 September,[1] except in the United Kingdom.[2] The song was made available in the United Kingdom on 12 October,[2] with Payne's remix of the recording (dubbed as the Big Payno and Afterhrs Pool Party Remix) being the B-side.[2] The song's co-writer Louis Tomlinson stated the song is a "feel good song and it’s not too far away from the last album (Midnight Memories)."[3] On 28 September, one day prior to the official release, the song was leaked on the internet.[4]

Composition and lyricsEdit

The song's piano piece of the instrumental was similar to Journey's "Faithfully".[5] A reviewer felt the song sounded reminiscent of 1980s music, something that the band emphasized on their previous studio album.[6] The lyrics fret over the potential for rivals to take the group's girlfriends away from them, and why they matter to them.[7]

Critical receptionEdit

The song received acclaim from music critics. Lucas Villa of AXS praised One Direction's classic rock sound of "Steal My Girl", noting similarities to Journey's "Faithfully". He wrote that "the guys have been digging in their parents' record collections" and added "[it's] a pretty neat and new direction for the band."[8]

Samantha Highfill of Entertainment Weekly suggests that the song is "dad-friendly", emphasizing on the classic rock sound.[5] Billboard gave the song four and a half out of five stars, stating it "represents the group's most tremendous Van Halen impression yet."[9] Jim Farber from the Daily News reviews the single as a throwback to the 1970s/80s due to the arena rock ballad.[10]

Upon the release of "Steal My Girl", Hayley Williams and Chad Gilbert pointed the similarities between the song and New Found Glory's "It's Not Your Fault".[11][12] Tune similarities have also been found with 2006 Bollywood movie Krrish's song "Koi Tumsa Nahi".

Chart performanceEdit

"Steal My Girl" ranked number three on the UK Singles Chart.[13] Despite this, the track is the eighth song from the group to have peaked top-three in the UK Singles Chart. "Steal My Girl" reached number 13 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[14]

Music videoEdit

The accompanying music video was directed by Ben and Gabe Turner.[15] The clip featured appearances from Danny DeVito, a juvenile chimpanzee,[16][17][18] sumo wrestlers Yamamotoyama Ryūta and Ulambayaryn Byambajav, acrobats and a marching band. Also in the video appears Julie Zetlin a retired rhythmic gymnast from the United States wearing a leotard previous worn by Belarusian rhythmic gymnast Inna Zhukova.[19]

In the music video, DeVito meets up with the group in the middle of the desert where a video shoot is being set up. DeVito is serving as their visionary director. He dubs each of the members of the group a different expression: Harry is love, Niall is light, Liam is power, Louis is danger, and Zayn is mystery. From there, the song starts with Liam smashing a row of silver balls that spell "inhibitions" and Zayn is seen with two sumo wrestlers. Niall is seen to be dancing with a Maasai tribe from Tanzania, and Liam is seen as a leader of a marching band. Harry is seen surrounded by masked female ballet dancers, and Louis is seen with the chimpanzee and its baby, as well as a mountain lion and flamingos. DeVito appears with the group throughout the video. In the end, a rain effect is used on the lot, where the group, DeVito, and all other acts appear together in one shot resembling a mix of Cirque du Soleil and Coachella.[20]

Track listingEdit

  • Digital download
  1. "Steal My Girl"
  • UK digital download[21]
  1. "Steal My Girl"
  2. "Steal My Girl" (Big Payno and Afterhrs Pool Party Remix)
  1. "Steal My Girl"
  2. "Steal My Girl" (acoustic version)

Charts and certificationsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[60] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[61] Platinum 80,000*
Italy (FIMI)[62] Gold 15,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[63] Gold 7,500*
United Kingdom (BPI)[64] Platinum 600,000 
United States (RIAA)[65] Gold  500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

  Since May 2013 RIAA certifications for digital singles include on-demand audio and/or video song streams in addition to downloads.[66]

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Worldwide 29 September 2014 Digital download
United Kingdom 12 October 2014 [21]
United Kingdom 13 October 2014 CD [67]
Germany 17 October 2014 [22]

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