Peak UK Chart Position: #1 in July 1991.
Let’s have a stats-fest on this one:
- It first got to number one on this day 25 years ago, on its third week in the top forty.
- It spent sixteen consecutive weeks at number one in the UK, only marginally defeated by Frankie Laine’s “I Believe” – although his 18 weeks were non-consecutive.
- The song was turned down by Kate Bush and Annie Lennox, and demos by Julia Fordham (with Peter Cetera) and Lisa Stansfield were rejected.
- It has, to date, sold 1.75 million copies in the UK, and over 15 million worldwide.
- There have been two cover versions to have minor success – one by alternative rockers Fatima Mansions, and one by R&B singer Brandy.
- It saw off two of his other singles whilst it was in the charts – “Can’t Stop This Thing We Started” (#12) and “There Will Never Be Another Tonight” (#32).
- It was also number one in America, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and probably anywhere else that had a chart.
- The video, above (with its film clips in Burham Beaches, Buckinghamshire and the New Forest, Hampshire – neither anywhere near Sherwood Forest, the true home of Robin Hood) has had, to date, over 182 million views.