"Anything Is Possible" / "Evergreen"
Single by Will Young
from the album From Now On
Released25 February 2002 (2002-02-25)[1]
LabelSony BMG
  • Cathy Dennis
  • Oskar Paul
Will Young singles chronology
"Anything Is Possible" / "Evergreen"
"Light My Fire"

"Anything Is Possible" is a song co-written by Chris Braide and Cathy Dennis for the winner of the first series of Pop Idol in the United Kingdom. Will Young won the competition and therefore released the song as his debut single, with production by Dennis and Oskar Paul. It debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, and has been certified 3x Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry. It has since become the 14th best-selling single of all time in the UK,[2] as well as the second best-selling UK single of the 21st century.[3]

Background and writing

Pop Idol creator Simon Fuller asked Chris Braide and Cathy Dennis to write a song for the show, having been impressed by "Have You Ever", a song the pair had written for S Club 7.[4] The song was recorded by the final three acts in the show, Will Young, Gareth Gates and Darius Danesh. After winning the show, Young released the song as his debut single and it was later included on his debut studio album, From Now On.

In an interview with HitQuarters, Braide said the song was written in Dennis' front room at her baby grand piano and recorded on a small Dictaphone.[4] When the song, as recorded by Young, proved an immediate smash hit, Dennis supposedly phoned Braide and said: "You won't believe this, but that little song that we wrote in three hours is selling 100,000 copies a day."[4]

The song was performed on the Pop Idol live final by both Young and Gates. Young went on to win the show, and released "Anything Is Possible" as a double A-side single, along with "Evergreen", which was also recorded by the final three and performed by the final two. The single went straight to the number one spot in the UK Singles Chart and stayed there for three consecutive weeks, only to be knocked off the top spot by Gates' debut single, "Unchained Melody". It became the fastest-selling debut in UK chart history, selling 403,027 copies on its day of release. It went on to sell over 1,790,000 copies, and in the official list of the all-time best-selling singles in the UK in November 2012, it appeared 14th.[5] It was the biggest selling single of the 2000s, and was also the biggest selling single of the 21st century[6] until June 2015, when it was overtaken by "Happy" by Pharrell Williams.[3]

Gates' version of the song was also released as a B-side to his single "Unchained Melody".

Track listing

  1. "Anything Is Possible"
  2. "Evergreen"


Charts and certifications


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  6. ^ "The Official Top 150 Biggest Selling Singles Of the 21st Century revealed!". Official Charts Company. 7 May 2012.
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  11. ^ "2002 UK Year-end Charts" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  12. ^ "Will Young has biggest selling single of the decade". The Daily Telegraph. 1 January 2009. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  13. ^ Copsey, Rob (26 May 2015). "Will Young's Official biggest selling singles revealed: "I'm shocked by that!"". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
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