Believe (Elton John song)

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Single by Elton John
from the album Made in England
B-side "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (live)
"The One" (live)
Released 20 February 1995
Format CD, vinyl record (7"), audio cassette
Recorded 1994
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:51
Label Rocket
Writer(s) Music : Elton John
Lyrics : Bernie Taupin
Producer(s) Elton John, Greg Penny
Elton John singles chronology
"Circle of Life"
"Made in England"
Made in England track listing
"Made in England"

"Believe" is a 1994 song recorded by Elton John. It was the first single from his album Made in England and was released on 20 February 1995. It reached #1 in Canada. In the US, "Believe" was Elton John's fifteenth number one on the Adult Contemporary chart and also went to number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] It gave him his third straight top twenty single in the US, with his two hit singles from Disney's The Lion King preceding it. In Europe, it was a top twenty hit in Switzerland, UK, France and Belgium (Wallonia) and achieved moderate success in several other countries. The songs which feature as B-side were recorded at the Greek Theatre, in Los Angeles.

The music video for the song was entirely in black-and-white and shot in London, featuring shots of the Believe Wall in the beginning and end of the video.

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Believe" - 4:51
  2. "The One" (live) - 6:32
CD maxi
  1. "Believe" — 4:51
  2. "Believe" (live) — 4:43
  3. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (live) — 3:52
CD maxi
  1. "Believe" — 4:51
  2. "The One" (live) — 6:32
  3. "Believe" (live) — 4:43


Music video[edit]

In the black and white music video for "Believe", directed by Marcus Nispel, Elton John travels around the world in a zeppelin close to the roofs of New York City and London in the middle of one day.


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[2] 23
Austrian Singles Chart[2] 21
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[2] 38
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[2] 9
Dutch Mega Top 100[2] 47
French SNEP Singles Chart[2] 13
German Singles Chart[2] 56
Irish Singles Chart[3] 24
Italian Singles Chart[2] [1] 1
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[2] 43
Swedish Singles Chart[2] 25
Swiss Singles Chart[2] 20
UK Singles Chart[4] 15
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 13
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[5] 1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[5] 21

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1995) Position
French Singles Chart[6] 73
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 59

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1996 "Believe" Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male[8] Nominated


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 129. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Believe", in various singles charts (Retrieved 12 January 2009)
  3. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved 12 January 2009)
  4. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved 12 January 2009)
  5. ^ a b c Billboard (Retrieved 12 January 2009)
  6. ^ 1995 French Singles Chart (Retrieved 30 January 2009)
  7. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  8. ^ "THE 38TH ANNUAL GRAMMY NOMINATIONS : The Complete List of Nominees". Los Angeles Times. 1996-01-05. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 

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Preceded by
"In the House of Stone and Light" by Martin Page
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
20–27 May 1995
Succeeded by
"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" by Bryan Adams
Preceded by
"No More I Love You's" by Annie Lennox
Italian Singles chart number-one single
11–18 March 1995
Succeeded by
"Your Loving Arms" by Billy Ray Martin