Change the World

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This article is about the Eric Clapton song. For other uses, see Change the World (disambiguation).
"Change the World"
Single by Eric Clapton
from the album Phenomenon soundtrack
Released July 7, 1996
Genre Soft rock, blue-eyed soul
Length 3:57 (LP Version)
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick
Producer(s) Babyface
Eric Clapton singles chronology
"Motherless Children"
(1994)
"Change the World"
(1996)
"My Father's Eyes"
(1998)
Eric Clapton's "Change The World" from Phenomenon soundtrack

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"Change the World" is a song written by Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy, and Wayne Kirkpatrick whose best-known version was recorded by Eric Clapton for the soundtrack of the 1996 film, Phenomenon. The song won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal performance. Additionally, the song was chosen by the RIAA as one of the Songs of the Century and ranked at No. 270.[citation needed]

The single peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the summer of 1996. It also spent 13 weeks at No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart and remained on that chart for over a year and a half (80 weeks), a feat which was extraordinarily rare at the time.[1] Since then, however, certain songs have remained on the AC chart for extended periods of time, prompting the eventual creation of an Adult Contemporary recurrent chart for songs that have stayed on the chart for many weeks and fallen below a certain threshold.

Although "Change the World" is best known by Eric Clapton's unplugged acoustic version, a non-unplugged electric performance of the song was featured on Babyface's 1997 live album, Babyface MTV Unplugged NYC, with Clapton on co-lead vocals and electric guitar.

In the song, the performer expresses his desire to communicate his love to an unnamed woman. This love, he fears, will go unrequited without a drastic change in his life.

Previous to the release of Clapton's hit version, the song was recorded by country artist, Wynonna Judd, for her February 1996 album entitled Revelations. Judd, however, did not release her version as a single despite the popularity of Clapton's release.

Track listing[edit]

European CD single[edit]

  1. "Change the World" (LP Version) (3:57)
  2. "Danny Boy" (Non-LP Track) (4:14)
  3. "Change the World" (Instrumental) (3:57)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

In 1997, saxophonist Alto Reed covered the song for his debut album Cool Breeze.[24]

The group Fourte! from the Philippines also covered this song on their TV guest spots. In 2002, saxophonist Gerald Albright covered the song off the album Groovology.[25][26]

In 2004, the song was covered by British musical theatre icon Elaine Paige as part of the new recordings on her "Best of" album, entitled Centre Stage.

Remixed Eurodance versions of the song have appeared on the Dancemania series albums, including the 2000 compilation Dancemania SPEED 4 where an uptempo Eurodance remix of the song by CJ Crew and Blueman is listed.

In their 15th single "Wings of Words", J-pop group CHEMISTRY did their rendition of the song.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Eric Clapton – Change the World". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  3. ^ "Eric Clapton – Change the World – Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Eric Clapton – Change the World" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks" (PHP). RPM 63 (25). August 5, 1996. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ "RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks" (PHP). RPM 63 (24). July 29, 1996. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – Eric Clapton – Change the World" (in French). Les classement single.
  8. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Eric Clapton – Change the World" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100.
  10. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Eric Clapton – Change the World". Top 40 Singles.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Eric Clapton – Change the World". VG-lista.
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Eric Clapton – Change the World". Singles Top 60.
  13. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "Eric Clapton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Eric Clapton.
  15. ^ "Eric Clapton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Pop Songs for Eric Clapton.
  16. ^ "Eric Clapton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Eric Clapton.
  17. ^ "Eric Clapton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Eric Clapton.
  18. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1996". Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  19. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  20. ^ "Accreditation Awards". Australian Fun Countdowns. 2011-04-07. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  21. ^ "French single certifications – Eric Clapton – Change the World" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  22. ^ "Les Singles en Argent :" (in French). Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-07-30. 
  23. ^ "American single certifications – Eric Clapton – Change the World". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  24. ^ "Cool Breeze overview". Allmusic.com. 
  25. ^ "Groovology overview". Allmusic.com. 
  26. ^ "Gerald Albright - Groovology". Smooth-jazz.de. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
August 10 - November 2, 1996
Succeeded by
"It's All Coming Back to Me Now" by Celine Dion