“Live While We're Young”
September 28, 2012
CD single, digital download
Rami Yacoub, Carl Falk
Lyrically, the song describes a lively party where the narrator meets and propositions a woman for sex.
"Live While We're Young" was written by Rami Yacoub, Carl Falk, and Savan Kotecha, and produced by Yacoub and Falk. It was recorded at Kinglet Studios in Stockholm, Sweden and Chalice Studios in Los Angeles, California.
Live While We're Young was a critical and commercial success, receiving positive reviews and becoming a top ten hit in fifteen countries, while reaching #1 in New Zealand and Ireland. In the United States, "Live While We're Young" debuted at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, marking the second-highest bow of any UK act since Elton John's #1 debut with "Candle in the Wind 1997".
|Released||September 20, 2012|
|Filmed||August 23-24, 2012|
|VEVO views||510,237,028 (as of January 20, 2017)|
The music video for "Live While We're Young" was filmed on August 23 and 24, 2012. It was directed by Vaughan Arnell.
"Live While We're Young" was released on September 20, 2012. It was initially set to premiere on September 24, 2012, but on September 20, 2012, the video leaked online. As a result, the official premiere was moved up. The video garnered 8.24 million views within 24 hours of its release, smashing the record for most views within 24 hours of release which was previously held by Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend'. The record was later broken by Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj's 'Beauty And A Beat', which garnered 10.6 million views.
The music video depicts the band camping out with friends while engaging in fun outdoors activities and sports.
|October 7||Radio 1 Teen Awards||England|
|November 8||The X Factor (U.S.)||United States|
|November 15||The Ellen DeGeneres Show|
|November 16||Children In Need||England|
- "Live While We're Young" was featured in a Pepsi commercial starring One Direction themselves alongside NFL player Drew Brees.
- The song helped One Direction secure the 2016 Guinness World Record for 'Highest Debut By A U.K Group on U.S Singles Chart'.
- The song is featured on interactive dance video game Just Dance 4.
- In 2014, Louis Tomlinson responded on Twitter to parents who pulled their children from a school choir performing the song, due to the sexual lyrics, saying "Dear Mr and Mrs Stone, I'm deeply saddened by your complaint to Chelsea High School regarding our lyrics...I hope the two of you 'get some' very soon :) #cryingparents"
- Rami Yacoub — writing, production, programming, instruments, bass
- Carl Falk — writing, production, programming, instruments, guitar, background vocals
- Savan Kotecha — writing, background vocals
- Niall Horan — additional guitar
- Kristoffer Fogelmark — background vocals