Superstar (Jesus Christ Superstar song)
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|Single by Murray Head and ensemble|
|from the album Jesus Christ Superstar|
|Released||November 21, 1969 (UK)
December 1, 1969 (USA)
|Writer(s)||Andrew Lloyd Webber (music)
Tim Rice (lyrics)
|Producer(s)||Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice|
|Murray Head and ensemble singles chronology|
"Superstar" is the title song from the 1970 rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. It was released as a single in 1969, before the album was completed. Sung by Murray Head with the Trinidad Singers, it initially debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the week ending January 31, 1970, eventually peaking at No. 74 in late February of '70. Nearly one year later, the single then re-entered the Hot 100 chart for the week ending January 2, 1971, eventually peaking at No. 60 on the chart in early March of '71. The single then fell off the chart three weeks later, but then almost immediately re-entered the Hot 100 chart a third and final time for the week ending April 10, 1971. It then rapidly climbed the Hot 100 chart during its third chart run, eventually spending two consecutive weeks at its peak position of No. 14 in late May and early June of '71.
It is sung by the spirit of Judas Iscariot, where he questions why Jesus chose to arrive in the manner that he did and if what happened to him was truly part of a divine plan. Although it may be considered accusatory, it is dominated by the repetitive apologies of Judas for questioning ("Don't you get me wrong", "I only want to know"). Along with "I Don't Know How to Love Him", it is the best-known song from this production.
Carly Smithson sang the song during the seventh season of American Idol the week the theme was the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Although judge Simon Cowell called it one of his favorite performances of the night, Smithson was eliminated the following results night.
Jodie Prenger and Samantha Barks performed a duet of the song on I'd Do Anything which was highly acclaimed. Prenger went on to win the BBC competition and become Nancy in the West End revival of the musical Oliver!.
The 1970s ABC Sports TV show The Superstars used the instrumental version of the song as the show's theme song.
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||6|
|Dutch Singles Chart||9|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||14|
|U.S. Cashbox Top 100||8|
- Whitburn, Joel (2003). Top Pop Singles (1955–2002). Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 307. ISBN 0-89820-155-1.
- Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved 4 September 2008)