Anyone (song)

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Roxette Anyone.jpg
Single by Roxette
from the album Have A Nice Day
Released 10 May 1999
Format CD
Recorded September 1998
Studio Atlantis Studio, Stockholm
Genre Pop
Length 4:32
  • Roxette Recordings
  • EMI
Songwriter(s) Per Gessle
Roxette singles chronology
"Wish I Could Fly"

"Wish I Could Fly"
Music video
"Anyone" on YouTube

"Anyone" is a song by Swedish pop music duo Roxette, released on 10 May 1999 as the second single from their sixth studio album, Have a Nice Day. Composed by Per Gessle, the song was inspired by the work of Burt Bacharach and Phil Spector, and the album version of the song was mostly performed in a single take at Atlantis Recording Studio in Stockholm. In Japan, the single was released as a double a-side with "Pay the Price", although no music video was created for that song.

The music video for "Anyone" was directed by Jonas Åkerlund and proved controversial upon release. It ends with a distressed Marie Fredriksson attempting to commit suicide by drowning herself in the ocean, and was banned from airplay on MTV Europe. As a result of this, the song performed poorly on national record charts, becoming a top 30 hit in Belgium, Poland, Spain and Switzerland. Its performance on European charts led to EMI UK deciding against releasing the single there.

Composition and style[edit]

"Anyone" was composed by Per Gessle, who said that he was inspired by the work of Burt Bacharach when writing the song.[1] His original demo recording of the track incorporated a large portion of "I Love How You Love Me", a 1961 single by The Paris Sisters which was produced by Phil Spector.[2] The demo version released as a b-side on this single differs from the original demo, with all trace of "I Love How You Love Me" removed.[3] The original demo was later released on The Rox Box/Roxette 86–06, and also as a bonus track on the 2009 reissue of Have a Nice Day.

Spector was an influence on the song's production aesthetic.[4] With the exception of overdubbed brass instruments, the album version of the track was recorded "almost completely live" in Stockholm's Atlantis Studio in September 1998.[1] Vocalist Marie Fredriksson has described it as one of her favourite Roxette songs.[1] According to Ultimate Guitar, "Anyone" is a pop ballad with a moderately fast tempo of 143 beats per minute. Its basic chord structure during each verse consists of two repetitions of an A–F♯m–C♯m–D–E sequence, followed by a further two repetitions of B–A–Fm–E. The chorus is made up of two sequences of A–F♯m–E, while the bridge consists of E–D–B–A–F♯m–D–B–E.[5]

Release and promotion[edit]

The song was released as the album's second single from 10 May 1999 onwards, and was backed by multiple b-sides. Included on maxi-single editions was the previously-released Abbey Road Studios version of their 1995 single "You Don't Understand Me". Also included was the "Wish I Could Fly" music video, as well as an exclusive, orchestral version of album track "Cooper", subtitled the 'Closer to God Version'. In Japan, the single was released as a double a-side with "Pay the Price", although no music video was created for that song.[3] The video for "Anyone" was directed by longtime collaborator Jonas Åkerlund, and was filmed in the Tróia Peninsula region of Portugal.[6] Although an edited version of the video was placed on medium rotation on MTV en Español in the United States,[7] the video was banned from airplay on MTV Europe and other European TV stations as it ended with a scene in which a distressed Fredriksson attempted to commit suicide by drowning herself in the ocean.[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

The song became a moderate airplay hit on charts across Europe, charting within the top 25 of both the Polish and Spanish Airplay Charts.[8][9] With the music video banned, "Anyone" performed poorly on national sales charts, peaking in the top thirty in both Belgium and Switzerland.[10][11] It peaked at number 35 in the duo's native Sweden, but stalled at number 62 on the German Singles Chart.[12][13] Following the poor performance of the song on European charts, EMI UK decided against releasing the single there, despite already issuing promotional CD-Rs to various radio stations, DJs and media. Conversely, it performed well in parts of South America, with the Spanish-version of the track – titled "Alguien" – receiving substantial amounts of airplay.[3]

Formats and track listings[edit]

All songs written by Per Gessle, except "You Don't Understand Me" written by Gessle and Desmond Child.

  • CD Single (Europe 8868922)
  1. "Anyone" (Radio Edit) – 3:59
  2. "Anyone" (Tits & Ass Demo, 29 July 1998) – 4:13
  • Japanese CD Single (TOCP-40118)
  1. "Pay the Price" – 3:48
  2. "Anyone" – 4:32
  3. "Cooper" (Closer to God Version) – 4:20
  4. "Anyone" (Tits & Ass Demo) – 4:13
  • CD-Maxi (Europe 8868920)
  1. "Anyone" – 4:32
  2. "Anyone" (Tits & Ass Demo) – 4:13
  3. "Cooper" (Closer to God Version) – 4:20
  4. "You Don't Understand Me" (Abbey Road Version, 15 November 1995) – 3:43
  5. "Wish I Could Fly" (Enhanced Music Video) – 4:38


Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Ballad Hits.[1]

  • Recorded at Atlantis Studio in Stockholm, Sweden in September 1998.
  • Mixed by Marie Fredriksson, Per Gessle, Michael Ilbert and Clarence Öfwerman at Mono Music, Stockholm.



Chart (1999) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[10] 30
Germany (Official German Charts)[13] 62
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[14] 20
Netherlands Tipparade (Dutch Top 40)[15] 12
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 73
Polish Airplay (ZPAV)[8] 24
Spanish Airplay (AFYVE)[9] 23
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 35
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 30


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  2. ^ "Per Gessle | About Songs". RoxetteBlog. Retrieved 3 July 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c Thorselius, Robert (May 2003). The Look for Roxette: The Illustrated Worldwide Discography & Price Guide (1st ed.). Sweden: Premium Förlag Publishing. ISBN 978-9197189484. 
  4. ^ Ben Cromer (24 April 1999). "Roxette's Per Gessle continues to seek pop 'magic' on duo's 'Have a Nice Day'". Billboard. Nielsen Holdings PLC. 111 (17): 44–45. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Anyone by Roxette chords". Retrieved 3 July 2017. 
  6. ^ Ballad & Pop Hits - The Complete Video Collection (DVD liner notes). Roxette. EMI. 2003. 7243 4 90946-9 7. 
  7. ^ "Billboard Video Monitor | The Most Played Clips As Monitored By Broadcast Data Systems". Billboard. Nielsen Holdings PLC. 111 (29): 103. 17 July 1999. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 16 June 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Lista Przebojów Trójki - Polskie Radio Online: Notowanie nr911 - 16 lipca 1999". Polskie Radio (in Polish). 16 July 1999. Retrieved 3 July 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  10. ^ a b " – Roxette – Anyone" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  11. ^ a b " – Roxette – Anyone". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  12. ^ a b " – Roxette – Anyone". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  13. ^ a b " – Roxette – Anyone". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 3 July 2017.
  14. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (NR. 330 Vikuna 1.7. - 8.7. 1999)" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir. Retrieved 13 July 2018. 
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 | Roxette - Anyone". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 3 July 2017. 
  16. ^ " – Roxette – Anyone" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 3 July 2017.

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