Too Much to Ask

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"Too Much to Ask"
Niall Horan - Too Much to Ask.png
Single by Niall Horan
from the album Flicker
Released15 September 2017 (2017-09-15)
Length3:43
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Greg Kurstin
Niall Horan singles chronology
"Slow Hands"
(2017)
"Too Much to Ask"
(2017)
"On the Loose"
(2018)
Music video
"Too Much to Ask" on YouTube

"Too Much to Ask" is a song recorded by Irish singer and songwriter Niall Horan. It was written by Horan and Jamie Scott, with production handled by Greg Kurstin. The song was released by Capitol Records on 15 September 2017, as the third single from Horan's debut studio album, Flicker (2017). Commercially, "Too Much to Ask" reached the top 10 in Hungary, Ireland, and Scotland as well as the top 20 in Australia, Belgium, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Netherlands, and Slovakia.

Contents

Background

Horan expressed in tweets that the song is "very special" to him and it stands out as one of his favourites on the album. [1] [2] He said of the song in an interview with BBC News: "I would obviously like it to go to number one, that would be the dream, but it is what it is. If it's getting a lot love and jumps in at number two or number three, I don't mind." [3] In the single's promotional post on social media, Horan was pictured standing on the left on the escalator in the London Underground. [4] "It's a special one. I actually wrote this song the day after I wrote 'This Town' so I felt like it got off to an alright start when I started writing the album. It's a very nice, beautiful song and means a lot to me. I just can't wait for people to hear it. Hopefully fingers cross that people are going to like it, obviously a lot different to 'Slow Hands'," Horan explained in a Smallzy's Surgery interview. [5]

Composition

"Too Much to Ask" is performed in the key of C major. Horan's vocals span from G2 to F4. [6]

Critical reception

Mike Wass of Idolator was positive about the song, saying: "Niall Horan's solo career continues to go from strength to strength with the arrival of 'Too Much To Ask.' A tender ballad about hankering for an ex, the track showcases the Irishman's simple, heartfelt approach." And went on to call it "a beautifully crafted song" with a "melancholy piano arrangement". [7] Rianne Houghton from Digital Spy was also positive about the song, and said: "Gird your loins, and your tear ducts 1D fans! Niall has released his latest single and it's definitely a tear-jerker. Seriously Niall, who hurt you?" [8]

Music video

Niall uploaded the official audio on day of release to his YouTube Vevo account and then the official music video six days later on 21 September 2017. It was directed by Malia James. Jon Blistein of Rolling Stone explained the video in his review about the song's video, writing:

"The Malia James-directed clip finds Horan grappling with lost love as he sings the poignant and nostalgic lyrics in an empty room and watches a couple flirt and kiss on the tube. Horan finds solace while sharing a pint and playing the tune with his mates, though the clip ends with the musician contending with loneliness as he wanders the streets of London." [9]

Track listing

Digital download [10]
No.TitleLength
1."Too Much to Ask"3:43
Digital download – TRU Concept remix [11]
No.TitleLength
1."Too Much to Ask" (TRU Concept remix)3:29
Digital download – Cedric Gervais remix [12]
No.TitleLength
1."Too Much to Ask" (Cedric Gervais remix)3:04
Digital download – acoustic version [13]
No.TitleLength
1."Too Much to Ask" (acoustic version)3:41

Personnel

Credits adapted from Tidal. [10]

Charts

Certifications

RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) [50] 2× Platinum140,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png
Belgium (BEA) [51] Gold15,000*
Canada (Music Canada) [52] Platinum80,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png
Italy (FIMI) [53] Gold25,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png
Norway (IFPI Norway) [54] Gold30,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png
United Kingdom (BPI) [55] Silver200,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png
United States (RIAA) [56] Gold500,000Double-dagger-14-plain.png

*sales figures based on certification alone
Double-dagger-14-plain.pngsales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history

RegionDateFormatVersionLabelRef.
Various15 September 2017 Digital download Original Capitol [10]
Italy29 September 2017 Contemporary hit radio Universal [57]
United States10 October 2017Capitol [58]
VariousDigital downloadTRU Concept remix [11]
Cedric Gervais remix [12]
3 November 2017Acoustic [13]

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