My Favourite Stranger

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4. Don't Say You Love Me
5. My Favourite Stranger
List of Memento Mori songs
6. Soul With Me
My Favourite Stranger
Song My Favourite Stranger
By Depeche Mode
Songwriter Martin L. Gore
Richard Butler
Produced by James Ford
Marta Salogni
Recorded at Electric Ladyboy (Santa Barbara)
Shangri-La (Malibu)
Length (mm:ss) 3:57
Programmed by James Ford
Marta Salogni
Engineered by Marta Salogni
Engineering assistance Francine Perry
Grace Banks
Mixed by Marta Salogni
Mix engineering Marta Salogni
Mixed at Studio Zona (London)
Mastering engineer Matt Colton
Keyboards James Ford
Art direction Anton Corbijn
Recorded July–October 2022
Originally released 24 March 2023
20 October 2023 ("release")
Live performances as Depeche Mode 49 times *
Total live performances 49 times *

"My Favourite Stranger" is a song from the 2023 album Memento Mori by Depeche Mode. On 20 October 2023, it became the third "release" from the album according to the official website's discography section.


Dave Gahan tells Corriere Della Sera's La Lettura (translated from Italian):

"That song is about having a shadow, someone who follows you around the clock and tells you things. Do you listen to the lie or to the truth? A fun and a little risky song. With music you need to be transported to different places, sometimes it's places that are right in front of your eyes, other times it's open spaces. This is a direct song, like Suicide's Alan Vega, it has a New York '70s punk vibe."


My Favourite Stranger

Some perfect stranger

Sneaks on tiptoes

Steals my shadow

And goes where I go

My favourite stranger

Stands in my mirror

Puts words in my mouth

All broke and bitter

Some perfect stranger

My imitation

Drops my name in

My conversations

Some perfect stranger

Speaks when I speak

Walks in my footsteps

And talks in my sleep

My favourite stranger

Stands where I stand

Leaves crime in my wake

And blood on my hands

Songwriter: Martin L. Gore / Richard Butler
Publishing Information: EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI) o/b/o Grabbing Hands Music Ltd. and EMI Music Publishing Ltd. (PRS) / Universal - Songs of PolyGram Int., Inc. (BMI).

Music video

The music video for My Favourite Stranger first premiered at the 2023-06-06 Merkur Spiel-Arena, Dusseldorf, Germany concert as a tour projection for the song.

Live performances

Main article: Available recordings of "My Favourite Stranger"
Main article: List of dates where "My Favourite Stranger" was played

1981-1985: Dreaming Of MeNew LifeJust Can't Get EnoughSee YouThe Meaning Of Love
Leave In SilenceGet The Balance RightEverything CountsLove In ItselfPeople Are PeopleMaster And ServantBlasphemous RumoursSomebodyShake The DiseaseIt's Called A Heart
1986-1989: StrippedBut Not TonightA Question Of LustA Question Of TimeStrangelove
Never Let Me Down AgainBehind The WheelLittle 15Personal Jesus
1990-1998: Enjoy The SilencePolicy Of TruthWorld In My EyesI Feel YouWalking In My ShoesCondemnationIn Your RoomBarrel Of A GunIt's No GoodHomeUseless
Only When I Lose Myself
2001-2009: Dream OnI Feel LovedFreeloveGoodnight LoversPreciousA Pain That I'm Used To
Suffer WellJohn The RevelatorLilianMartyrWrongPeaceFragile TensionHole To Feed
2013-2017: HeavenSoothe My SoulShould Be HigherWhere's The RevolutionGoing Backwards
Cover Me
2023: Ghosts Again
1992-1998: Faith HealerDriftingStalkerMissing Piece
2000-2008: Strange HoursJezebelPreyAllelujah
2003-2008: Dirty Sticky FloorsI Need YouBottle LivingHold OnA Little PieceKingdomSaw SomethingDeeper And Deeper
2012-2015: Longest DayTake Me Back HomeAll Of This And NothingShine
1989-2003: CompulsionStardustLoverman
2012: SpockSingle BlipAftermaths
Official releases