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Something About the Way You Look Tonight is a song by Elton John, released in 1997 as the first single from his 26th studio album The Big Picture.

In 2010, One Direction performed the song on Week 6 of X Factor Series 7 Live Shows.

Background

The single was released as a double A-side single with "Candle in the Wind 1997", which was dedicated to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, who died that year, with proceeds from the sale of the single going towards Diana's charities.

According to the Recording Industry Association of America, with certified sales, this double A-side is "the best-selling single of all time.". The Guinness World Records 2009 states that the song is "the biggest-selling single since UK and US singles charts began in the 1950s, having accumulated worldwide sales of 33 million copies".

The video for the song featured actors and actresses from the UK television programme This Life, as well as supermodels Kate Moss and Sophie Dahl and is regarded as one of Elton John's best videos. John has publicly revealed that he finds videos "fucking loathsome" and after the album The Big Picture refrained from appearing in his own videos unless they were cameo appearances.

Lyrics

There was a time
I was everything and nothing all in one
When you found me
I was feeling like a cloud across the sun

I need to tell you
How you light up every second of the day
But in the moonlight
You just shine like a beacon on the bay

And I can't explain
But it's something about the way you look tonight
Takes my breath away
It's that feeling I get about you, deep inside
And I can't describe
But it's something about the way you look tonight
Takes my breath away
The way you look tonight

With a smile
You pull the deepest secrets from my heart
In all honesty
I'm speechless and I don't know where to start

Performance

One Direction sing The Way You Look Tonight - The X Factor Live show 6 (Full Version)

One Direction sing The Way You Look Tonight - The X Factor Live show 6 (Full Version)

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