Sailing" is a song written and recorded by American artist Christopher Cross. It was released in June 1980 as the second single from his eponymous debut album. The song was a success in the USA, winning Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Arrangement of the Year, and helping Cross win the Best New Artist award. VH1 named this the greatest "softsational soft rock" music song of all time.
It was a number-one single on the
chart in the United States, reaching that position on August 30, 1980, for one week. Billboard Hot 100 Since its debut, it has been covered by many artists, including [1 ] Avant, Barry Manilow, Greenskeepers, 'N Sync, Phajja, Patrick Yandall and, as a duo, Moya Brennan & Cormac de Barra. Recorded in 1979, the song was one of the first digitally recorded songs, utilizing the 3M Digital Recording System. In his Grammy acceptance speech, Christopher acknowledged "Sailing" as his favorite song on the album and that originally it was not meant to be a single. [2 ] [3 ]
In popular culture [ edit ]
The Mexican airline
AeroMéxico used the theme during the middle 1980s as a jingle for its advertisements; it was also used for the cigarette brand Winston.
"Sailing" has been sampled in several other songs, including
Puff Daddy's " Best Friend" (1999) and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's " Paradise" (2006), and Chris Brown's "Can't Let You Go." Dr. Octagon's song " Blue Flowers Revisited" (1996) contains a brief interpolation of the chorus.
"Sailing" has been covered by many artists, including
'N Sync and the cast of Glee in which they featured on the episode . It can also be heard on British animated film Britney/Brittany and American animated comedy TV series Flushed Away Family Guy in the 12th season episode . Finders Keepers
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Billboard Hot 100 32
Chart successions [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Whitburn, Joel (2010). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (rev. and expanded 9th ed.). New York: Billboard Books. pp. 162, 889. ISBN 9780823085545.
^ Jim McCullaugh (November 1, 1980), "Digital the Major Topic For N.Y. AES Parley", Billboard "The Christopher Cross LP, at number 32, uses the 3M digital technology"
^ Video on YouTube
^ " Ultratop.be – Christopher Cross – Sailing" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association . Retrieved July 6, 2011.
^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: C". Hit Parade Italia . Retrieved July 6, 2012.
^ " Nederlandse Top 40 – Christopher Cross search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
^ " Charts.org.nz – Christopher Cross – Sailing". Top 40 Singles.
^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
External links [ edit ]
What a Fool Believes"* performed by The Doobie Brothers ( Jeffrey Baxter, John Hartman, Keith Knudsen, Michael McDonald, Tiran Porter, Patrick Simmons)
produced by Ted Templeman (1980) "
Sailing"* performed by Christopher Cross
produced by Michael Omartian (1981)
Bette Davis Eyes"* performed by Kim Carnes
produced by Val Garay (1982) "
Rosanna" performed by Toto ( Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, David Hungate, Steve Porcaro)
produced by Toto (1983)
Beat It" performed by Michael Jackson
produced by Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones (1984) "
What's Love Got to Do with It"* performed by Tina Turner
produced by Terry Britten (1985)
We Are the World"* performed by USA for Africa
produced by Quincy Jones (1986) "
Higher Love" performed by Steve Winwood
produced by Russ Titelman & Steve Winwood (1987)
Graceland" performed by Paul Simon
produced by Paul Simon (1988) "
Don't Worry, Be Happy"* performed by Bobby McFerrin
produced by Linda Goldstein (1989)