Back in the High Life Again

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"Back in the High Life Again"
Single by Steve Winwood
from the album Back in the High Life
Released 1986
Recorded Unique Recording Studio
New York, 1985
Genre R&B, blue-eyed soul, Rock
Length 5:50
4:12 (edit)
Label Island - IS 288
Writer(s) Steve Winwood
Will Jennings
Producer(s) Russ Titelman
Steve Winwood singles chronology
"Freedom Overspill"
"Back in the High Life Again"
"The Finer Things"

"Back in the High Life Again" is a 1986 single written by Steve Winwood and Will Jennings and performed by Winwood.[1] The single was included on his album Back in the High Life and included backing vocals by James Taylor as well as a prominent mandolin played by Winwood. "Back in the High Life Again" was Winwood's second number one on the Adult Contemporary chart. The single stayed at number one for three weeks and went to number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]

Band Credits
  • Steve Winwood – vocals, piano, synthesizer, mandolin, Moog bass, drum machine programming
  • Jimmy Bralower – additional drum machine programming
  • Rob Mounsey – additional synthesizer
  • John Robinson – drums
  • James Taylor – backing vocals

The song was in closing credits of the CBS Sports coverage of the NBA Finals in 1987,[3] and appeared in the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode "The Gang Buys a Boat".

Warren Zevon subsequently covered the song on his 2000 album Life'll Kill Ya.


  1. ^ "Steve Winwood". Billboard. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 262. 
  3. ^ 1987 NBA Finals on YouTube
Preceded by
"Moonlighting" by Al Jarreau
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
August 1, 1987 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Love Power" by Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osborne