“Forever Young” is a song from the German synth-pop band Alphaville’s 1984 first album, Forever Young. The single was a hit in Scandinavia and in the European German-speaking countries in the same year. The single achieved more success in the United States than in the United Kingdom, but it failed to reach the American top 40 despite three separate US single releases. Though not the group’s highest-charting European hit, “Forever Young” was one of the band’s signature songs and has been covered by numerous artists. It also formed the basis of Jay-Z’s song “Young Forever”. “Forever Young” is written in the key of C major. Originally released by Alphaville as a single in 1984, “Forever Young” was available in both its original mix and in a dance version, entitled the “Special Dance Mix”. Over the years, the band has released several remixes and demo versions of the song.
The single initially reached number 93 in 1985 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and the top 40 on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play Singles. When re-released in 1988, it peaked at number 65 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song’s music video, directed by Brian Ward, shows the band performing in one of the halls at Holloway Sanatorium in Virginia Water, England. A number of people from children to the elderly, dressed in ragged finery, awake to watch the band, then walk through a diamond-shaped glowing portal.