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“Steal My Girl”
Steal My Girl cover
Information
Album

Four

Released

September 29, 2014

Format

Digital download

Recorded

2014

Length

3:48

Writers

Wayne Hector, John Ryan, Julian Bunetta, Ed Drewett, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne

Producer

Julian Bunetta, John Ryan, Pär Westerlund

Steal My Girl was the lead single from One Direction's fourth studio album, Four.

Background

On September 8, 2014, the boys announced the release of their fourth album, Four, on the Today Show. On September 14, 2014 the boys announced the first single would be "Steal My Girl". On September 28th, one day prior to the official release, the song was leaked on the internet.

The music video for the song was released on October 24, 2014. It features the band being directed by Hollywood superstar Danny Devito as they shoot a music video. Each band member is given a role to represent (Harry is "love", Niall is "light", Liam is "power", Louis is "danger" and Zayn is "mystery"). Liam is seen smashing a sign reading "inhibition" and leading a marching band. Zayn fights off sumo wrestlers. Louis interacts with a chimp named Eli. Niall dances with African dancers. Harry enters his scene through a door in mid-air that vanishes once he walks through. The video combines surreal imagery with different types of dancers and the group standing on a cliff performing the song. At the end of the video, everyone dances in the rain together, and Devito is satisfied with the footage filmed.

"Steal My Girl" was performed on the On The Road Again Tour.

Since leaving the band, Zayn has expressed discomfort with being framed as "mysterious" (a title card in the beginning of the video describes him as such) saying this was a label forced on him and was untrue of his personality.

Composition

The song's opening closely resembles Journey's song 'Faithfully'. A reviewer felt the song sounded reminiscent of 1980s music, something that the band emphasized on their previous studio album. The lyrics fret over the potential for rivals to take the group's girlfriends away from them, and why they matter to them.

Chart Performances

"Steal My Girl" was a top 20 hit in the USA, peaking at #13. It reached #3 in the UK and #9 in Australia. The band heavily promoted the single, performing it around the world in late 2014

Live Performances

One Direction - Steal My Girl at BBC Music Awards 201403:58

One Direction - Steal My Girl at BBC Music Awards 2014

BBC Music Awards 2014

One Direction - Steal My Girl - ARIA Awards Australia 201404:01

One Direction - Steal My Girl - ARIA Awards Australia 2014

ARIA Awards Australia 2014

One Direction - Steal my girl - (LIVE Swedish Idol)04:19

One Direction - Steal my girl - (LIVE Swedish Idol)

Swedish Idol 2014

Steal My Girl- (Live first time Wetten dass...8.1103:50

Steal My Girl- (Live first time Wetten dass...8.11.2014)

Wetten Dass 2014

One Direction - Steal My Girl (Acoustic)03:49

One Direction - Steal My Girl (Acoustic)

FOUR Hangout 2014

One Direction Singing Steal My Girl Live Without Zayn Malik04:06

One Direction Singing Steal My Girl Live Without Zayn Malik

The Today Show 2014

One Direction perform 'Steal My Girl' - BBC Children in Need 2014-003:55

One Direction perform 'Steal My Girl' - BBC Children in Need 2014-0

BBC Children In Need 2014

One Direction - 'Steal My Girl' (Summertime Ball 2015)04:14

One Direction - 'Steal My Girl' (Summertime Ball 2015)

Summertime Ball 2015

One Direction - "Steal My Girl" (Live at GMA 2015)04:18

One Direction - "Steal My Girl" (Live at GMA 2015)

Good Morning America 2015

Steal my girl - One Direction on Coca Cola03:47

Steal my girl - One Direction on Coca Cola.FM Studio

Coca Cola FM 2015

Lyrics

 
[Zayn]
She been my queen
Since we were sixteen
We want the same things,
We dream the same dreams,
Alright, alright

I got it all
'Cause she is the one
Her mom calls me 'love',
Her dad calls me 'son',
Alright, alright

[Niall]
I know, I know, I know for sure

[All]
Everybody wanna steal my girl
Everybody wanna take her heart away
Couple billion in the whole wide world
Find another one 'cause she belongs to me

Everybody wanna steal my girl
Everybody wanna take her heart away
Couple billion in the whole wide world
Find another one 'cause she belongs to me

Na na na na na na (oh, yeah)
Na na na na na na (alright)
Na na na na na na
Na na

[Harry]
She belongs to me

[Liam]
Kisses like cream,
Her walk is so mean
And every jaw drop
When she's in those jeans,
Alright, alright

[Louis]
I don't exist
If I don't have her
The sun doesn't shine,
The world doesn't turn,
Alright, alright

[Niall]
But I know, I know, I know for sure

[All]
Everybody wanna steal my girl
Everybody wanna take her heart away
Couple billion in the whole wide world
Find another one 'cause she belongs to me

Everybody wanna steal my girl
Everybody wanna take her heart away
Couple billion in the whole wide world
Find another one 'cause she belongs to me

Na na na na na na (oh, yeah)
Na na na na na na (alright)
Na na na na na na
Na na na na na na

[Harry]
She knows, she knows
That I've never let her down before
She knows, she knows
That I'm never gonna let another take her love from me now

[All]
Everybody wanna steal my girl
Everybody wanna take her heart away
Couple billion in the whole wide world
Find another one 'cause she belongs to me

Everybody wanna steal my girl
Everybody wanna take her heart away
Couple billion in the whole wide world
Find another one 'cause she belongs to me


Na na na na na na (oh, yeah, alright, yeah)
Na na na na na na (alright)
Na na na na na na
Na na

She belongs to me

Na na na na na na (oh, yeah)
(She belongs to me, yeah)
Na na na na na na (alright)
Na na na na na na

She belongs to me

Music Video

Music Video Information
One Direction - Steal My Girl05:19

One Direction - Steal My Girl

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Released October 24, 2014
Length 5:19
Director Ben and Gabe Turner
Production Co
Choreographer
Filmed 2014
Location
VEVO views 249,973,514 (as of January 20, 2017)

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