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"Don't You (Forget About Me)" is a 1985 pop song performed by Scottish rock band Simple Minds. The song is best known for being played during the opening and closing credits of the John Hughes film The Breakfast Club. It was written and composed by producer Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff, a guitarist and songwriter from the Nina Hagen
Nina Hagen
band.

Contents

1 Recording history 2 Music video 3 Track listing

3.1 7": Virgin / VS749 (UK) 3.2 7": A&M Records / AM-2703 (US) 3.3 12": Virgin / VS749-12 (UK) 3.4 12": A&M Records / SP-12125 (US) 3.5 1988 3" CD: Virgin / CDT2 (UK) 3.6 1988 CD: A&M Records / 75021 2375 2 (US) 3.7 1990 CD: Virgin / THEME10 (UK)

4 Charts and certifications

4.1 Weekly charts 4.2 Year-end charts 4.3 Certifications

5 See also 6 References 7 External links

Recording history[edit] Forsey asked Cy Curnin from The Fixx, Bryan Ferry
Bryan Ferry
and Billy Idol
Billy Idol
to record the song, but all three declined; Idol did later perform a cover of it on his 2001 compilation album Greatest Hits. Schiff then suggested Forsey ask Simple Minds
Simple Minds
who, after refusing as well, agreed under the encouragement of their label, A&M. According to frontman Jim Kerr, the band was reluctant to record the song as they felt they should only record their own material, relenting after persuasion from Kerr's wife at the time, Chrissie Hynde
Chrissie Hynde
of The Pretenders, and a phone call from Forsey in which he expressed his admiration for the band.[1] According to one account, the band "rearranged and recorded 'Don't You (Forget About Me)' in three hours in a north London studio and promptly forgot about it."[2] Continuing the rock direction recently taken on Sparkle in the Rain but also glancing back at their melodic synthpop past, it caught the band at their commercial peak and, propelled by the success of The Breakfast Club, became a #1 hit in the U.S.[3] and around the world. It is also the band's only #1 hit on the U.S. Top Rock Tracks chart, staying atop for three weeks. While only reaching #7 in the UK, it stayed on the charts from 1985 to 1987, one of the longest time spans for any single in the history of the chart. The song did not appear on the band's subsequent album Once Upon a Time, but it did appear on the 1992 best-of Glittering Prize
Glittering Prize
81/92. It soon became a fixture of the band's live sets - with an extended audience participation section during its inclusion on the 2015 tour to promote the band's Big Music album.[4] Two versions were created for release. A short version, 4:23 in duration, appeared on the single and the original motion picture soundtrack album of The Breakfast Club. A longer version, 6:32 in duration, was released as a 12"
12"
single. This version contains longer breakdowns and drum fills, a second appearance of the bridge and a longer ending. John Leland from Spin wrote that "'Don't You Forget About Me,' a romantic and melancholy dance track, therefore cuts ice both in the living room and on the dance floor."[5] Music video[edit] The music video, directed by Daniel Kleinman, takes place on a dancing floor in a dark room with a chandelier, a rocking horse, a jukebox, and television sets displaying scenes from The Breakfast Club. The room gets increasingly cluttered with random objects as the video progresses, up until the last minute. The video on YouTube
YouTube
had been viewed over 94 million times as of January 29, 2018.[6] Track listing[edit] 7": Virgin / VS749 (UK)[edit]

Side one

"Don't You (Forget About Me)" - 4:20

Side two

"A Brass Band in Africa" - 5:10

7": A&M Records / AM-2703 (US)[edit]

Side one

"Don't You (Forget About Me)" - 4:20

Side two

"A Brass Band in Africa" - 5:10

12": Virgin / VS749-12 (UK)[edit]

Side one

"Don't You (Forget About Me)" - 6:32

Side two

"A Brass Band in African Chimes" - 9:22

12": A&M Records / SP-12125 (US)[edit]

Side one

" Don't You (Forget About Me)
Don't You (Forget About Me)
(long version)" - 6:32

Side two

"A Brass Band in African Chimes" - 9:22

1988 3" CD: Virgin / CDT2 (UK)[edit]

"Don't You (Forget About Me)" - 6:32 "A Brass Band in African Chimes" - 9:22

1988 CD: A&M Records / 75021 2375 2 (US)[edit]

" Don't You (Forget About Me)
Don't You (Forget About Me)
(live)" - 9:02 "Bass Line" - 4:37 "The American" - 3:33

1990 CD: Virgin / THEME10 (UK)[edit]

"Don't You (Forget About Me)" - 6:35 "Up On The Catwalk (extended version)" - 7:36 "A Brass Band in African Chimes" - 9:24

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak Position

Australia (Kent Music Report)[7] 6

Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[8] 5

Belgium ( Ultratop 50 Flanders)[9] 2

Belgium (VRT Top 30
Top 30
Flanders)[10] 2

Canada Top Singles (RPM)[11] 1

Canada (CHUM)[12] 2

France (SNEP)[13] 24

Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 4

Ireland (IRMA)[15] 3

Italy (FIMI)[16] 2

Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[17] 1

Netherlands (Single Top 100)[18] 2

New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 3

South Africa (Springbok Radio)[20] 10

Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[21] 13

Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 8

UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[23] 7

US Billboard Hot 100[3] 1

US Dance Club Songs
Dance Club Songs
(Billboard)[24] 9

US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[25] 1

US Cash Box Top 100[26] 1

Chart (1988) Peak Position

UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[27] 100

Chart (2004) Peak Position

Italy (FIMI)[28] 16

Chart (2012) Peak Position

US Rock Digital Songs (Billboard)[29] 41

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Position

Australia (Kent Music Report)[30] 47

Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[31] 28

Belgium ( Ultratop 50 Flanders)[32] 1

Canada Top Singles (RPM)[33] 21

Germany (Official German Charts)[34] 23

Italy (FIMI)[35] 6

Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[36] 8

Netherlands (Single Top 100)[37] 11

New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[38] 26

Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[39] 26

US Billboard Hot 100[40] 16

US Dance Club Songs
Dance Club Songs
(Billboard)[41] 33

US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[42] 10

US Cash Box Top 100[43] 12

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales

Canada (Music Canada)[44] Gold 5,000^

Canada (Music Canada)[44] Platinum 10,000^

United Kingdom (BPI)[45] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Chart successions

Preceded by "Forever Man" by Eric Clapton US Billboard Mainstream Rock number-one single 20 April 1985 – 4 May 1985 (3 weeks) Succeeded by "Trapped" by Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
& the E Street Band

Preceded by "Crazy for You" by Madonna US Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
number-one single 18 May 1985 (1 week) Succeeded by "Everything She Wants" by Wham!

Preceded by "We Are the World" by USA for Africa Dutch Top 40
Dutch Top 40
number-one single 1 June 1985 – 15 June 1985 (3 weeks) Succeeded by "Dancing in the Dark" by Bruce Springsteen

Preceded by "Crazy for You" by Madonna Canadian "RPM" Singles Chart number-one single 1 June 1985 (1 week) Succeeded by "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears

See also[edit]

List of number-one singles of 1985 (Canada) List of Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
number-one singles of the 1980s List of Billboard Hot 100
Billboard Hot 100
number-one singles of 1985 List of Billboard Mainstream Rock number-one songs of the 1980s List of Dutch Top 40
Dutch Top 40
number-one singles of 1985

References[edit]

^ Simpson, Dave (15 November 2016). "Simple Minds: how we made Don't You (Forget About Me)". theguardian.com. Retrieved 15 November 2016.  ^ "A History of Simple Minds". The Official Glasgow Barrowland & Barras Market Site. Retrieved 15 September 2011.  ^ a b " Simple Minds
Simple Minds
Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved 27 November 2016. ^ Simpson, Dave (April 2015). "The Guardian". The Guardian
The Guardian
(2). Retrieved 11 April 2015.  ^ Leland, John (June 1985). "Singles". Spin. 1 (2): 37. Retrieved 15 September 2011.  ^ SimpleMindsVEVO (2010-12-03), Simple Minds
Simple Minds
- Don't You (Forget About Me), retrieved 2017-03-08  ^ bulion. "Forum - ARIA Charts: Special
Special
Occasion Charts - CHART POSITIONS PRE 1989". ARIA. Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 20 October 2013. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Austriancharts.at – Simple Minds
Simple Minds
– Don't You (Forget About Me)" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 27 November 2016. ^ "Ultratop.be – Simple Minds
Simple Minds
– Don't You (Forget About Me)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 27 November 2016. ^ "Radio 2 Top 30" (in Dutch). Top 30. Archived from the original on 31 March 2016. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 0530." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 27 November 2016. ^ "CHART NUMBER 1485 – Saturday, June 08, 1985". Archived from the original on 7 November 2006. Retrieved 2017-01-08. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) . CHUM. ^ "Lescharts.com – Simple Minds
Simple Minds
– Don't You (Forget About Me)" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 27 November 2016. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Simple Minds
Simple Minds
– Don't You (Forget About Me)". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 27 November 2016. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Don't You (Forget About Me)". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 27 November 2016. ^ "Hit Parade Italia". HitParadeItalia (in Italian). Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 22, 1985" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 27 November 2016. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Simple Minds
Simple Minds
– Don't You (Forget About Me)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 27 November 2016. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Simple Minds
Simple Minds
– Don't You (Forget About Me)". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 27 November 2016. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website SA Charts 1965 – 1989 Acts S". The South African Rock Encyclopedia. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Simple Minds
Simple Minds
– Don't You (Forget About Me)". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 27 November 2016. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Simple Minds
Simple Minds
– Don't You (Forget About Me)". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 27 November 2016. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 November 2016. ^ " Simple Minds
Simple Minds
Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 27 November 2016. ^ " Simple Minds
Simple Minds
Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 27 November 2016. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles – Week ending MAY 18, 1985". Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 2017-01-08. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) . Cash Box magazine. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 November 2016. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Simple Minds
Simple Minds
– Don't You (Forget About Me)". Top Digital Download. Retrieved 27 November 2016. ^ " Simple Minds
Simple Minds
- Chart History". Rock Digital Songs. for Simple Minds. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special
Special
Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts - 1980s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 28 August 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Jahreshitparade Singles 1985". Ö3 Austria Top 40 (in German). Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ " Ultratop Jaaroverzichten 1985". Ultratop 50 (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 10 June 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 0619." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 27 November 2016. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts 1985". GfK Entertainment Charts (in German). Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Hit Parade Italia - I singoli più venduti del 1985". FIMI
FIMI
(in Italian). Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 1985". Dutch Top 40
Dutch Top 40
(in Dutch). Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Dutch Charts Jaaroverzichten Single 1985". Single Top 100 (in Dutch). Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "The Official NZ Music Charts - End of Year Charts 1985". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "SWISS YEAR-END CHARTS 1985". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Top Pop Singles" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 97 no. 52. New York, NY, USA. 28 December 1985. p. T-21. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Top Dance Sales Singles" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 97 no. 52. New York, NY, USA. 28 December 1985. p. T-23. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "Top Rock Tracks" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 97 no. 52. New York, NY, USA. 28 December 1985. p. T-30. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1985". Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. Retrieved 2014-05-07. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) . Cash Box magazine. ^ a b "Canadian single certifications – Simple Minds
Simple Minds
– Don't You Forget About Me". Music Canada. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  ^ "British single certifications – Simple Minds
Simple Minds
– Don't You Forget About Me". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 27 November 2016.  Enter Don't You Forget About Me in the search field and then press Enter.

External links[edit]

AllMusic: Keith Forsey Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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Farewell Song Season 10 (2011) Succeeded by "Please Remember Me" by Scotty McCreery

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Simple Minds

Jim Kerr Charlie Burchill Mel Gaynor Andy Gillespie Ged Grimes

Brian McGee Tony Donald Duncan Barnwell Mick MacNeil Derek Forbes Kenny Hyslop Mike Ogletree John Giblin Eddy Duffy

Albums

Life in a Day Real to Real Cacophony Empires and Dance Sons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Call New Gold Dream (81–82–83–84) Sparkle in the Rain Once Upon a Time Street Fighting Years Real Life Good News from the Next World Néapolis Our Secrets Are the Same Neon Lights Cry Black & White 050505 Graffiti Soul Big Music Acoustic Walk Between Worlds

Live albums

Live in the City of Light Real Live 91 Sunday Express – Live (Volumes 1 & 2) 5X5 Live Live – Big Music Tour 2015 Acoustic In Concert

Compilations

Themes for Great Cities 79/81 Celebration Glittering Prize
Glittering Prize
81/92 The Promised The Best of Simple Minds Early Gold Silver Box Celebrate: The Greatest Hits

Singles

"Love Song" "Promised You a Miracle" "Glittering Prize" "Someone Somewhere (In Summertime)" "Waterfront" "Speed Your Love to Me" "Up on the Catwalk" "Don't You (Forget About Me)" "Alive and Kicking" "Sanctify Yourself" "All the Things She Said" "Ghost Dancing" "Belfast Child" "This Is Your Land" "Kick It In" "Let There Be Love" "Stand By Love"

Promo singles

"Mandela Day" (US)

Themes series

Themes – Volume 1: March 79–April 82 Themes – Volume 2: August 82–April 85 Themes – Volume 3: September 85–June 87 Themes – Volume 4: February 89–May 90 Themes – Volume 5: March 91–September 92

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Concert tours

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Discography

Studio albums

Analog Heart David Cook This Loud Morning Digital Vein

Extended plays

This Quiet Night

Singles

"The Time of My Life" "Light On" "Come Back to Me / Bar-ba-sol" "Permanent" "The Last Goodbye" "Fade into Me" "The Last Song I'll Write for You" "Laying Me Low"

Tours

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Other songs

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