Peaceful World (John Mellencamp song)
|Single by John Mellencamp feat. India.Arie|
|from the album Cuttin' Heads|
|John Mellencamp feat. India.Arie singles chronology|
"Peaceful World" is the title of a song written and recorded by American rock artist John Mellencamp and India.Arie, and was featured on Mellencamp's album Cuttin' Heads. Mellencamp also included the track on his 2007 album 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of John Mellencamp. The single was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance, but lost to "Dig In" by Lenny Kravitz.
The song was first played during the 2001 Indianapolis 500, during a commercial for the Indy Racing League, which Mellencamp's wife, Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, was a spokesperson for at the time. The song went on to be the official song of the League for the remainder of the 2001 Indy Racing League season.
The song's lyrics, which are sung in a duet form between Mellencamp and Arie, primarily deal with issues of race and prejudice.
The single's lyrics led it to be somewhat of a song of comfort following the September 11, 2001 attacks, being performed during The Concert for New York City along with a live acoustic version without Arie being included in Columbia Records' October 2001 benefit album God Bless America. Mellencamp also performed the song during the 2001 United States Grand Prix, which was held 3 weeks after the attacks.
The music video of Peaceful World, directed by Kurt Markus, features Mellencamp and Arie in a mostly dark room, with only their faces shown. The two sing as select lyrics from the song are flashed in front of them in light.
|U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream||11|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||27|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||38|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||104|