Fantasy (Earth, Wind & Fire song)

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Single by Earth, Wind & Fire
from the album All 'N All
B-side "Be Ever Wonderful"
Released January 1978
Format 7", 12"
Genre R&B, Disco
Length 3:46
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Maurice White, Verdine White, Eddie del Barrio
Producer(s) Maurice White
Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology
"Serpentine Fire"

"Fantasy" is a single by Earth, Wind & Fire from their album All 'N All, released as a single in 1978. The selection was written and composed by Maurice White, Verdine White, and Eddie del Barrio, and it reached #32 on the pop chart and #12 on the R&B singles chart in the United States, and #14 on the UK singles chart. "Fantasy" received a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Song.[1] After its release in Japan as a digital single to cellphones in 2009, it was certified gold for 100,000 downloads in May 2011.[2]

Formats and track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Fantasy" — 3:54
  2. "Be Ever Wonderful" — 5:08


"Fantasy" took a period of three months to be written and composed, and it was only finally finished after Maurice White saw the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind and gained inspiration from the film.[3]

Samples and covers[edit]

"Fantasy" was covered by Maynard Ferguson on his 1978 album Carnival and has been sampled by Puff Daddy on the song "Angels with Dirty Faces" featuring Bizzy Bone, which was included on Puff Daddy's album Forever.[4] It has also been sampled on "Live Now" by Nas from his album Street's Disciple, on "Shawty," by Plies, from the album The Real Testament, and on "To Me You're Everything," by 98 Degrees, from the album 98 Degrees and Rising.[5] The song was also covered by 1980s/90s Eurodance band Black Box, with Martha Wash providing the main vocals.

In late 2007, Latin hip hop trio The D.E.Y. sampled "Fantasy" on their single "Give You the World," released in late December 2007. Just Blaze sampled "Fantasy" for Jay-Z's "As One" which appeared on his Blueprint 2 album. Also in 2007, with the release of American Gangster, a song by Jay-Z and Lil' Wayne sampled the beginning of "Fantasy" throughout the song. Pedro "Pete" Escovedo, father of Sheila E. and biological father of Lionel B. Richie Jr.'s adopted daughter Nicole Richie, covered "Fantasy" on his 1997 album E Street. "Fantasy" has also been recorded by the Fifth Dimension.

It appears as the fifth track on the album "Fantasy" by the Harold Mabern Trio.

Appearances in other media[edit]

"Fantasy" is featured in the film Be Cool, starring John Travolta, in the film Private Lessons, whose producers included Jack Barry and Dan Enright, and on the Everybody Hates Chris episode "Everybody Hates Keisha".[6][7]

The song was featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.

It was also the main theme song for the Japanese television drama Love Shuffle,[8] and it likewise appears in another J-drama, Densha Otoko.

The song was featured in an episode of The Bernie Mac Show when Bernie crashed his motorcycle.[citation needed]

Dancing with the Stars Season 12 eventual winner Hines Ward and his partner Kym Johnson danced their samba in week 3 of the competition to this song. They reprised their performance on the final show of the season earning perfect scores.

The song was featured in Brazilian Movie's Bruno Barreto Amor Bandido (1979).

The song appears in "Bob's Burgers" episode "Bad Tina" underscoring the friend fiction read out loud.


Chart (1978) Peak
Swedish Singles Chart[9] 8
UK Singles Chart[10] 14
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 32
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 12

Black Box version[edit]

Single by Black Box
from the album Dreamland
Released 1990
Format CD maxi
7" single
12" maxi
Recorded 1989
Genre House
Length 3:44
Label Polydor. Arista
Producer(s) Groove Groove Melody
Black Box singles chronology
"Everybody Everybody"
"The Total Mix"

Black Box remade the song for their debut studio album Dreamland in 1990. Their version featured Martha Wash on lead vocals, but their music producers initially failed to credit her. The song contains samples of Grace Jones' version of La Vie En Rose. Black Box's version of the song charted at #5 in the UK,[12] #16 in Germany, and #3 in Australia.

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi
  1. "Fantasy" (club mix) — 7:20
  2. "Get Down" (rap mix) — 6:43
  3. "Get Down" Black Box featuring "Stepz" (rappapella) — 3:00
7" single
  1. "Fantasy" — 3:44
  2. "Get Down" Black Box featuring "Stepz" (rappapella) — 3:00
12" maxi
  1. "Fantasy" (big band remix) — 5:48
  2. "Get Down" (party remix) — 3:55
  3. "Get Down" (afro mix) — 4:15

Official versions[edit]

  • "Fantasy" — 3:44
  • "Fantasy" (Original Version) - 5:12
  • "Fantasy" (Big Band Remix) — 5:48
  • "Fantasy" (Club Mix) — 7:20


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


Chart (1990) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[14] 3
Austrian Singles Chart[14] 4
French SNEP Singles Chart[14] 21
German Singles Chart[14] 16
Irish IRMA Singles Chart[15] 3
Swiss Singles Chart[14] 26
UK Singles Chart[16] 5
End of year chart (1991) Position
Australian Singles Chart[17] 17
Austrian Singles Chart[18] 21


  1. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire Awards". Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  2. ^ レコード協会調べ 5月度有料音楽配信認定<略称:5月度認定> [Record Association report: May digital music download certifications (Abbreviation: May Certifications)]. RIAJ (in Japanese). June 20, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ Funicello, Tammy (2005-05-18). "Maurice White Honored". Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  4. ^ Samples of Fantasy -
  5. ^ "98°* - 98° And Rising". Retrieved 20 June 2009. 
  6. ^ Earth, Wind & Fire on
  7. ^ Everybody Hates Chris - episode Everybody Hates Kiesha on episode
  8. ^ ラブシャッフル (2009). (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  9. ^ "Fantasy" by Earth, Wind & Fire, Swedish Singles Chart (Retrieved August 3, 2008)
  10. ^ "Fantasy" by Earth, Wind & Fire, UK Singles Chart March 19, 2009)
  11. ^ "Fantasy" by Earth, Wind & Fire, U.S. Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (Retrieved March 19, 2009)
  12. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 59. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  13. ^ "British single certifications – Black Box – Fantasy". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Fantasy in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  14. ^ a b c d e "Fantasy", in various singles charts (Retrieved February 14, 2008)
  15. ^ Irish Singles Chart (Retrieved February 14, 2008)
  16. ^ "Fantasy", UK Singles Chart (Retrieved August 3, 2008)
  17. ^ 1991 Australian Singles Chart (Retrieved August 3, 2008)
  18. ^ 1991 Austrian Singles Chart (Retrieved August 3, 2008)

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