A-side and B-side

A typical 12-inch LP record

The A-side and B-side are the two sides of phonograph records and cassettes; these terms have often been printed on the labels of two-sided music recordings.

- A-side and B-side
A typical 12-inch LP record

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German picture sleeve

Maggie May

Song co-written by singer Rod Stewart and Martin Quittenton, and performed by Rod Stewart on his album Every Picture Tells a Story, released in 1971.

Song co-written by singer Rod Stewart and Martin Quittenton, and performed by Rod Stewart on his album Every Picture Tells a Story, released in 1971.

German picture sleeve

The song was released as the B-side of the single "Reason to Believe", but soon radio stations began playing the B-side and "Maggie May" became the more popular side.

My Heart Will Always Be the B-Side to My Tongue

Third EP by American rock band Fall Out Boy, released by Fueled by Ramen on May 18, 2004.

Third EP by American rock band Fall Out Boy, released by Fueled by Ramen on May 18, 2004.

The title refers to the B-side of a gramophone record.

Papa's Got a Brand New Bag

Song written and recorded by James Brown.

Song written and recorded by James Brown.

An instrumental version of "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" was released as the B-side of Brown's 1965 single from Smash called "Try Me".

I Have a Dream (song)

Song by Swedish pop group ABBA.

Song by Swedish pop group ABBA.

It was backed by the B-side, "Rio Grande", and was released as a 7" vinyl record. "I Have a Dream" spent multiple weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart between December 1980 and early 1981 before peaking at number 17. It was Lane's final top 20 hit single on the chart in her music career. It also became her second single to chart in New Zealand, where it reached number 34 in 1981. The song was later released on her 1981 studio album of the same name. The album included the original single's B-side as well. Lane's cover received a positive review from Billboard magazine in their December 1980 issue. Reviewers described the track as having "a rich south of the border undercurrent" while praising its production, calling it "crystalline."

The Next Time

The first of three number one hit singles from the Cliff Richard musical, Summer Holiday.

The first of three number one hit singles from the Cliff Richard musical, Summer Holiday.

Both sides were marketed as songs with chart potential, and the release is viewed retroactively as a double A-side single.

Better in Time

Pop and R&B song performed by British singer Leona Lewis.

Pop and R&B song performed by British singer Leona Lewis.

Lewis performing "Better in Time"/"Man Down" at the Royal Albert Hall during her 2013 Glassheart Tour.
Lewis on the red carpet of the 2009 VH1 Divas.
The music video shows Lewis performing in front of several photographic sessions.

"Better in Time" was released on 10 March 2008 as Lewis's third single in the United Kingdom, as a double A-side with "Footprints in the Sand", and "You Bring Me Down" as B-side.

Baby's Coming Back/Transylvania

Fourth and final single from English pop rock band McFly's third studio album, Motion in the Ocean.

Fourth and final single from English pop rock band McFly's third studio album, Motion in the Ocean.

It was originally announced that "Transylvania", written by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter and produced by Jason Perry, would be released by itself, before the announcement of a further double A-side was made on 20 March 2007.

How Soon Is Now?

Song by English rock band the Smiths, written by singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr.

Song by English rock band the Smiths, written by singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr.

Russian cover

Originally a B-side of the 1984 single "William, It Was Really Nothing", "How Soon Is Now?"

US B-side label

I Don't Care Anymore (George Harrison song)

US B-side label

"I Don't Care Anymore" is a song by English musician George Harrison, released as the B-side of the lead single from his 1974 album Dark Horse.