Rod Stewart

You Wear It Well

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Never a Dull Moment suffered a bit from being recorded so quickly after the surprise success of Every Picture Tells a Story, at a point when the Faces were still a major factor in Rod Stewart's career. "You Wear It Well" was the album's first single, and as the only song co-written by guitarist Martin Quittenton, the underappreciated star of the previous album, it's the one that has the closest musical similarity to "Maggie May" and "Mandolin Wind." In fact, the less charitable would call the song a virtual rewrite of "Maggie May," with its similarly loping pace and U.K. folk-rock guitars, but the song comes from a different emotional place. Whereas "Maggie May" is a prime breakup song, "You Wear It Well" is a bit more forgiving. Written as a letter to a former love, the conversational lyrics ramble off in half-completed non sequiturs, mimicking the feel of hastily scribbled lines written when someone is either too drunk or not quite drunk enough to say what he really means. Affectionate but regretful, "You Wear It Well" is as lyrically strong as it is tuneful; sadly, that would soon cease to be the case for most of Rod Stewart's singles.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Never a Dull Moment 1972 Universal Special Products 4:26
Sing It Again Rod 1973 Mercury 4:10
The Best of Rod Stewart [Mercury] 1976 Mercury 4:22
No Image 1980 Mercury
No Image 1981 Embassy
The Best of Rod Stewart [Warner Bros.] 1989 Warner Bros. 4:21
Sounds of the Seventies: 1972 - Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:21
The Mercury Anthology 1992 Mercury / Chronicles 4:22
70's Greatest Rock Hits, Vol. 14: Kings of Rock 1992
Various Artists
Priority Records
Classic Rock [Cema] 1992
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 4:21
Our Songs: Singers & Songwriters Encore 1992
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:23
You Wear It Well 1992 Spm
Vintage 1993 Mercury / Polygram 4:22
The Best of Rod Stewart [Rebound] 1996 Rebound Records 4:25
Handbags & Gladrags 1996 Mercury 4:20
Number Ones: The Super 70's 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 4:21
No. 1 Classic Pop Album 1998
Various Artists
Polygram 5:44
The Very Best of Rod Stewart [Mercury] 1998 Mercury / Universal International 4:24
The '70s, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:21
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1972 1999
Various Artists
Polymedia 4:24
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Rod Stewart 1999 Mercury 4:22
It's Only Rock N Roll [Sony International] 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:16
Classic Rod Stewart: The Universal Masters Collection 1999 Universal International 4:22
Millennium Edition 2000 Universal International 4:24
Drivetime Triple Set 2000
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:16
Music Men 2000
Various Artists
WEA
The Very Best of Rod Stewart [Warner Bros.] 2001 Warner Bros. 5:00
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:25
The Story So Far: The Very Best of Rod Stewart 2002 Warner Bros. / WEA International 5:01
Reason to Believe: The Complete Mercury Studio Recordings 2002 Mercury 4:24
Friends Reunited: 42 Classroom Classics from the 80's 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 4:06
Top Hits of the Seventies: Mega Hits 2003
Various Artists
Collectables 4:24
Changing Faces: The Very Best of Rod Stewart & the Faces 2003 Warner Music 4:21
Drivetime [Universal] 2003
Various Artists
Universal Music 4:16
You're the Star 2004 Rremark 4:22
Legends of Rock [Time Life] 2005
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:16
Chronicles 2005 Mercury 4:26
Angel: The Love Collection 2006 Universal Distribution / Spectrum Music 4:21
True 70s 2006
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:25
True Drivetime 2006
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 4:16
The Seventies Collection 2007 Mercury 4:14
Playlist Plus 2008 Mercury 4:23
The 70s Collection 2008
Various Artists
Brunswick 4:21
Die Ultimative Chartshow: Rock Classics 2008
Various Artists
Polystar 4:21
Some Guys Have All the Luck 2008 Rhino / Stiefel Entertainment / WB Records / Wea UK 4:11
The Definitive Rod Stewart 2008 Warner Bros. 4:11
Maggie May & Other Stories 2008 Spectrum Music 4:23
Tour of Duty: Top 100 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:21
The Definitive Collection 1969-1978 2009 Mercury 4:22
The Rod Stewart Sessions 1971-1998 2009 Stiefel Entertainment / Warner Bros. / Rhino / WB Records 5:00
Classic Love [Decca] 2009
Various Artists
Decca 4:21
Classic Rod Stewart [Spectrum] 2009 Spectrum Music 4:24
Icon 2010 Island / Mercury 4:21
Singers & Songwriters: Troubadours 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:22
Singers & Songwriters [Time-Life Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:22
Decades 2012 Universal 4:18
Time 2013 Capitol 0:00
Rarities 2013 Island / Mercury 4:57
Latest & Greatest No. 1s 2014
Various Artists
Union Square Music 4:13
20 #1's: Classic Rock Vol. 2 2017
Various Artists
Hip-O / Universal 4:20
100 Essential Love Songs
Various Artists
Universal Music 4:20
Hits of The 70's [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal Special Products / PSM 4:08
No Image
Various Artists
Polygram
I Am Happy
Various Artists
Polystar / Universal 4:22
Rock 70'S
Various Artists
Universal 4:20
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 4:24
The Best of Classic Rock: Green Series
Various Artists
Strategic Marketing 4:24
The Heart of Classic Rock [Box Set]
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:22
Total Hits, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Universal 4:23