Better Things (song)

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"Better Things"
Single by The Kinks
from the album Give the People What They Want
B-side"Massive Reductions" (UK)
"Yo-yo" (US)
ReleasedUK June 19, 1981
USA November 28, 1981
Format7" single
RecordedApril 1981 at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London
GenreRock music Power Pop
Length2:59 (single version)
2:44 (LP version)
LabelArista ARIST 415 (UK)
Arista AS 0649 (US)
Writer(s)Ray Davies
Producer(s)Ray Davies
The Kinks singles chronology
"Pressure"
(UK, 1979)
---
"Destroyer"
(US, 1981)
"Better Things"
(1981)
"Predictable"
(UK, 1981)
---
"Come Dancing"
(US, 1983)
 
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"Better Things"
Single by The Kinks
from the album Give the People What They Want
B-side"Massive Reductions" (UK)
"Yo-yo" (US)
ReleasedUK June 19, 1981
USA November 28, 1981
Format7" single
RecordedApril 1981 at Konk Studios, Hornsey, London
GenreRock music Power Pop
Length2:59 (single version)
2:44 (LP version)
LabelArista ARIST 415 (UK)
Arista AS 0649 (US)
Writer(s)Ray Davies
Producer(s)Ray Davies
The Kinks singles chronology
"Pressure"
(UK, 1979)
---
"Destroyer"
(US, 1981)
"Better Things"
(1981)
"Predictable"
(UK, 1981)
---
"Come Dancing"
(US, 1983)

"Better Things" is a song by The Kinks, released as a single in June 1981 in the UK and November 1981 in the US.[1] A slightly shorter version is included on their album Give the People What They Want.

Release and reception[edit]

The track was released as the lead single for the album in the UK. Initial copies came with a bonus 7" containing live versions of "Lola" and "David Watts" recorded on American tours in 1979 and 1980. The UK B-side was a non-LP song "Massive Reductions" (a different, shorter version of "Massive Reductions" was released on the band's 1984 album Word of Mouth). Although "Better Things" missed the top 40, it did reach #46 and was their first charting single since "Supersonic Rocket Ship" in 1972.

In the U.S., "Destroyer" was released in September as the album's lead single with "Better Things" as a the second single in November. "Better Things" reached #12 on the Billboard Rock Top Tracks chart and #92 on the Billboard Hot 100, slightly lower than "Destroyer".

In September 2010, Ray Davies released "See My Friends", an album of reworked classic Kinks songs, which contains a duet of "Better Things" with Bruce Springsteen.

In 2011 American Songwriter named "Better Things" their Favorite Break Up Song.[2]

Covers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Better Things". Kinks.it.rit.edu. Retrieved 2012-01-16. 
  2. ^ "The 30-Day Song Selection Spectacular: #4, Favorite Breakup Song". The 30-Day Song Selection Spectacular: #4, Favorite Breakup Song. American Songwriter. Retrieved 14 June 2012.