When Will I Be Famous? (song)

"When Will I Be Famous?"
When will I be famous.jpg
Single by Bros
from the album Push
B-side"Love to Hate You"
Released16 November 1987
Length
  • 5:02 (album version)
  • 4:20 (video version)
  • 4:00 (single )
LabelCBS
Songwriter(s)Nicky Graham, Tom Watkins
Producer(s)Nicky Graham
Bros singles chronology
"I Owe You Nothing"
(1987)
"When Will I Be Famous?"
(1987)
"Drop the Boy"
(1988)
Music video
"When Will I Be Famous?" on YouTube

"When Will I Be Famous?" is a song by British boy band Bros. Written by Nicky Graham and Tom Watkins, "When Will I Be Famous?" was released as a single on 16 November 1987, and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and at number one on the Irish Single Chart, as well as reaching the top five in several other countries. "When Will I Be Famous?" would later appear on their 1988 album, Push.

Rolling Stone ranked the song at number 72 in their list of "75 Greatest Boy Band Songs of All Time" in 2020.[1] In 2017, ShortList's Dave Fawbert listed this song at number one on his list of the "Greatest Key Changes in Music History".[2]

Chart performance[]

"When Will I Be Famous?" was a number-one single in Ireland, as well as reaching number two in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway and Switzerland.

It entered the UK Singles Chart on 28 November 1987 at number 81, in an initial five-week chart run until the end of December. It re-entered the top 100 at number 51 on the week ending 3 January 1988, reaching number two four weeks later.[3]

Track listings[]

UK and US 7-inch single, Japanese mini-CD single[4][5][6]

  1. "When Will I Be Famous?"
  2. "Love to Hate You"

UK 12-inch single and European mini-CD single[7][8]

  1. "When Will I Be Famous?" (the Infamous mix)
  2. "When Will I Be Famous?" (the Contender dub mix)
  3. "Love to Hate You"

US 12-inch single[9]

  1. "When Will I Be Famous?" (club mix) – 8:02
  2. "When Will I Be Famous?" (acapella mix) – 4:06
  3. "When Will I Be Famous?" (7-inch version) – 3:59
  4. "When Will I Be Famous?" (dub mix) – 7:35
  5. "When Will I Be Famous?" (bonus beats) – 2:53

Japanese CD mini-album[10]

  1. "When Will I Be Famous?"
  2. "When Will I Be Famous?" (Infamous mix)
  3. "When Will I Be Famous?" (the Contender dub mix)

Charts[]

References[]

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  5. ^ When Will I Be Famous? (US 7-inch single vinyl disc). Bros. Epic Records. 1988. 49 07826.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  6. ^ When Will I Be Famous? (Japanese mini-CD single liner notes). Bros. Epic Records. 1988. 10・8P-3018.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  7. ^ When Will I Be Famous? (UK 12-inch single sleeve). Bros. CBS Records. 1987. ATOM T2.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  8. ^ When Will I Be Famous? (European mini-CD single liner notes). Bros. CBS Records. 1988. CBS 651270 9.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
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