Beautiful World (Westlife song)

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"Beautiful World"
Westlife - Beautiful World.jpeg
Promotional single by Westlife
from the album Greatest Hits
Released17 November 2011 (2011-11-17)[1]
Producer(s)John Shanks
Music video
Beautiful World on YouTube

"Beautiful World" is a song by Irish boy band Westlife. It was planned to be the lead single from their second compilation album, Greatest Hits but replaced by the song Lighthouse. The song was written by Ruth-Anne Cunningham, Mark Feehily and John Shanks and later released as promotional single on November 17, 2011.[3] The single is the group's last promotional single not under the tutelage of Simon Cowell, having left Syco and Cowell in March 2011.


The song chosen to be the summer single but the release was cancelled for some reasons, giving way to a November release for the first single which at the last minute was changed to "Lighthouse". "Lighthouse" was chosen by the record label instead of another new album track, "Beautiful World". It was due to be the lead single from their forthcoming compilation but at the last minute they ditched the song in favour of the latter. Mark said: "It was literally up until a day ago that we were deciding between 'Lighthouse' and 'Beautiful World' for the first single but they went with 'Lighthouse' in the end.", "It's one of the potential single track of the album", "I wasn't too gutted though. Once I write the song I've written it. You can't get too attached and just have to hand it over and forget the fact that you've written it."[4][5] The band recently admitted regret of the release of the Gary Barlow-penned song.[6]

Music video[edit]

The music video that premiered on 15 December 2011 on their YouTube Channel, showcases their success in the last 14 years.[7] It shows Brian McFadden on the footage, which also sees a cameo from the band's manager Louis Walsh.[8]

Track listing[edit]

Album version
16."Beautiful World"4:02


  1. ^ "Westlife debut new track 'Beautiful World' - listen". Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  2. ^ "Westlife debut new track 'Beautiful World' - listen". Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  3. ^ "Westlife debut new track 'Beautiful World' - listen". Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  4. ^ "Westlife | Westlife Releasing Gary Barlow Track". Contactmusic. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  5. ^ Dawson, Kim (23 September 2011). "Simply The Best 7 Days A Week :: Playlist :: Gary Barlow is going West". Daily Star. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  6. ^ Dawson, Kim (15 December 2011). "Daily Star: Simply The Best 7 Days A Week :: Playlist :: Nicky Byrne's regret". Daily Star. Retrieved 15 December 2011.
  7. ^ "Westlife". YouTube. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  8. ^ "Westlife reflect on 14-year career in 'Beautiful World' music video". Retrieved 2014-08-05.

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