A Different Beat (Boyzone album)

A Different Beat
Studio album by Boyzone
Released 28 October 1996 (1996-10-28)
Recorded 1995–96
Genre Pop
Length 54:42
Label Polydor
Producer Phil Coulter, Ian Curnow, Phil Harding, Ray Hedges, Ric Wake
Boyzone chronology
Said and Done
A Different Beat
Where We Belong
Singles from A Different Beat
  1. "Love Me for a Reason"
    Released: 6 November 1995 (France only)
  2. "Words"
    Released: 7 October 1996
  3. "A Different Beat"
    Released: 2 December 1996
  4. "Isn't It a Wonder"
    Released: 10 March 1997
  5. "Mystical Experience"
    Released: 4 November 1997 (US only)

A Different Beat is the second studio album released by Irish boy band Boyzone on 28 October 1996 by Polydor Records.


After the international success of their debut album Said and Done, the release of A Different Beat occurred on a much bigger scale. As Said and Done was never released in France, when "Love Me for a Reason" was released as the group's debut single there, it ended up being included on A Different Beat, exclusively in the region. The first international single, "Words", was released pretty much worldwide, as were the two follow-up singles, "A Different Beat" and "Isn't It a Wonder". By this time, the album had been released in the UK and France, complete with each region's respective singles. However, the album had not yet been issued in Australia. Thus, by the time the release of A Different Beat arrived in the country, "Picture of You" had already been released as the lead single from Where We Belong in the UK, so the Australian market decided to include "Picture of You" on A Different Beat instead, releasing it as the fourth single from the album. "Picture of You" was also included on the Tour Souvenir Edition of the album, and the New Edition, which was marketed in certain areas of Europe. The limited edition version of the album released in the UK came encased in a slipcase, with five limited edition postcards, each containing one member of the band.

The United States became the last country to receive a release, as the band were asked by their US management to tweak the album for the US market. As such, "Picture of You" also became included on the US track listing, as well as a Spanglish version of "Words", and an all-new track, "Mystical Experience", which was released in the US as the first single from the album.[1] The album, however, was noted for including a cover of the Michael Jackson song "Ben". A Different Beat was certified three times platinum in the UK.[2]

Track listing

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Paradise"  Ronan Keating, Ray Hedges, Martin BranniganHedges 3:30
2. "A Different Beat"  Keating, Stephen Gately, Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy, Brannigan, HedgesHedges 4:10
3. "Melting Pot"  Roger Cook, Roger GreenwayHedges, Phil Harding, Ian Curnow 3:33
4. "Ben"  Don Black, Walter ScharfRic Wake 2:44
5. "Don't Stop Looking for Love"  Billy MannWake 4:12
6. "Isn't It a Wonder"  Keating, Hedges, BranniganHedges 3:30
7. "Words"  Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice GibbHarding, Curnow 3:55
8. "It's Time"  Keating, Gately, Lynch, Duffy, Hedges, BranniganHedges 3:32
9. "Games of Love"  Gately, Hedges, BranniganHedges 3:35
10. "Strong Enough"  Keating, Curnow, Julian Gallagher, HardingHarding, Curnow 3:37
11. "Heaven Knows"  Keating, Hedges, BranniganHedges 4:02
12. "Crying in the Night"  Keating, Gately, Lynch, Hedges, BranniganHedges 3:03
13. "Give a Little"  Gately, Hedges, BranniganHedges 3:20
14. "She Moves through the Fair"  TraditionalPhil Coulter 4:20


Weekly charts

Chart (1996–97) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[5] 74
Austrian Albums Chart[6] 40
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[6] 37
Dutch Albums Chart[6] 78
European Albums Chart[7] 15
French Albums Chart[8] 11
German Albums Chart[9] 47
Irish Albums Chart[10] 2
Scottish Albums Chart[11] 1
Swedish Albums Chart[6] 44
Swiss Albums Chart[6] 21
Taiwanese Albums Chart[12] 8
UK Albums Chart[13] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1996) Peak
UK Albums Chart 18
Chart (1997) Peak
UK Albums Chart 99


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] 3× Platinum 900,000^
Europe (IFPI)[15] 1× Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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  11. "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  12. "IFPI Taiwan - International Top 10 (1996/18)". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2 February 1999. Retrieved 7 August 2016.
  13. "Archive Chart". theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  14. "British album certifications – Boyzone – A Different Beat". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 2012. Enter A Different Beat in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  15. "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 1997". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.
Preceded by
Blue Is the Colour by The Beautiful South
UK number one album
9–15 November 1996
Succeeded by
Spice by Spice Girls
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