Valentine's Day (David Bowie song)

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"Valentine's Day"
David Bowie - Valentine's Day cover art.jpg
Single by David Bowie
from the album The Next Day
B-side "Plan"
Released 19 August 2013 (2013-08-19)
Recorded The Magic Shop
(New York, New York)
Length 2:59
Songwriter(s) David Bowie
David Bowie singles chronology
"The Next Day"
"Valentine's Day"
"Love Is Lost"
"The Next Day"
"Valentine's Day"
"Love Is Lost"
Music video
"Valentine's Day" on YouTube

"Valentine's Day" is a song by English rock musician David Bowie, the fourth single from his 24th studio album The Next Day. The single was released on 19 August 2013. This was to be David Bowie's last 7 inch single issued from a new album in his lifetime. The lyrics are based on the psychology of a shooter.[3]

Release details

The single was released on 19 August 2013 in the UK and on the 20th in the US and other countries.[4] In early August 2013, the single was added to the BBC Radio 2's A-list.[5] The single entered UK's Airplay Chart Top 40 on 9 August 2013, making it the second most successful single from The Next Day (after "Where Are We Now?") in terms of airplay.[citation needed]It reached the 179th spot on the UK chart.[6] In February 2018, it also reached #3 on the US Billboard Lyric Find chart.[7]


The video for "Valentine's Day" was directed by Indrani Pal-Chaudhuri and Markus Klinko, who previously collaborated with Bowie on his 2002 album Heathen. It features Bowie in the abandoned Red Hook Grain Terminal in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. In the video, Bowie plays a G2T Hohner guitar[8] while performing the song. Many commentators contrasted the video with the controversial preceding video for "The Next Day" and described it as more "subdued" in comparison.[9][10] However, visual hints towards gun violence and the NRA were also noted,[11] suggesting the video was conveying a subtle anti-gun message.[12]


Charts(2013) Position
UK Singles Chart 179[13]
Charts(2018) Position
U.S Lyric Find Charts 3[14]



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  2. ^ Toland, Michael (3 May 2013). "David Bowie The Next Day". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 28 December 2015.
  3. ^ "The songs, the secrets, the full story". Exploring David Bowie. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2017. (registration required)
  4. ^ "Valentine's Day picture disc 45 due for August". David Bowie Official Website. 14 July 2013. Archived from the original on 21 August 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Valentine's Day single added to BBC Radio 2 A-list". David Bowie Official Website. 4 August 2013. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Chart Log UK – Weekly Updates Sales 2013". Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  7. ^ "LyricFind U.S. : Page 1". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  8. ^ "David Bowie playing HOHNER Headless Guitar". 23 August 2013. Archived from the original on 29 August 2014. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  9. ^ "David Bowie: Valentine's Day". 17 July 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  10. ^ Miller, Adam (16 July 2013). "David Bowie Turns Sinister In Stylish New Video For 'Valentine's Day' (VIDEO)". Archived from the original on 13 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  11. ^ "NME picks up on Valentine's Day subtleties". David Bowie Official Website. Archived from the original on 28 August 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  12. ^ Jones, Lucy (30 July 2013). "David Bowie Takes On The NRA & Charlton Heston?". NME. Retrieved 30 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Chart Log UK – Weekly Updates Sales 2013". Retrieved 2018-03-11.
  14. ^ "LyricFind U.S. : Page 1". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-03-11.

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