You're the Best Thing

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"You're the Best Thing"
Single by The Style Council
from the album Café Bleu
B-side"The Big Boss Groove"
Released18 May 1984
Length5:45 (original album version)
4:18 (single version)
Songwriter(s)Paul Weller
The Style Council singles chronology
"My Ever Changing Moods"
"You're the Best Thing"
""Shout to the Top!"

"You're the Best Thing" is a song by the English band The Style Council which was their sixth single to be released. It was composed by lead singer Paul Weller, recorded at Weller's own studio Solid Bond Studios, and was released in 1984. It is the second single from the band's début album, Café Bleu (1984). Café Bleu was renamed My Ever Changing Moods in the United States to capitalise on the success of the first single.


The 7" single version of the song adds a saxophone solo that is not present in the original album version. Certain editions of the My Ever Changing Moods album in the U.S. feature this single version in place of the full-length album version that appeared on all editions of Café Bleu.

In the UK and Australasia, the song was released as a Double A-sided single with "The Big Boss Groove". Both the 7" and 12" formats were officially titled 'Groovin'", although edited versions of both songs appeared on the 7" release.[1]

Compilation appearances[]

As well as the song's single release, it has featured on various compilation albums released by The Style Council. The song was included on The Singular Adventures of The Style Council, The Complete Adventures of The Style Council, and Greatest Hits.

Music video[]

The music video for "You're the Best Thing" was directed by Tim Pope.[2]

Track listings[]

7" single (UK)[3]
  1. "You're The Best Thing" — 4:18
  2. "The Big Boss Groove" — 3:40
12" single (UK)[1]
  1. "You're The Best Thing" (Long Version) — 5:41
  2. "You're The Dub Thing" — 4:58
  3. "The Big Boss Groove" — 4:39


Weekly charts[]

Chart (1984) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[4] 17
Canadian Hot 100 97
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 7
UK Singles Chart[6] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 76
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[8] 31


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b " - The Style Council "Groovin"". Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  2. ^ "The Style Council: You're the Best Thing (1984)". IMDb. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  3. ^ " - The Style Council "Groovin" 7"". Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ " The Style Council – "You're The Best Thing"" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 537. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2013). Joel Whitburn’s Top Pop Singles, 14th Edition: 1955-2012. Record Research. p. 813.
  8. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 236.

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