That's the Way of the World (Earth, Wind & Fire song)
|"That's the Way of the World"|
|Single by Earth, Wind & Fire|
|from the album That's the Way of the World|
|Released||June 18, 1975|
|Format||7", 45 RPM|
|Length||3:12 (single version)
5:44 (album version)
|Writer(s)||Maurice White, Charles Stepney, Verdine White|
|Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology|
"That's the Way of the World" is a 1975 song by the R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire and is also the title track of their album That's the Way of the World. Written by Maurice White, Charles Stepney and Verdine White for Columbia Records, "That's the Way of the World" was released as a single in many countries and reached number 12 and number 5 on the US Pop and Black Singles charts. It ranks #329 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.
The song has been sampled by Frost on the song "Heaven & Hell" included on his album When Hell.A. Freezes Over, on the Do Ya Thing (Remix) by Cam'ron and on the West Coast remix of "Where Are They Now?" by Nas.
Uses in other media
|U.S. Billboard Pop Singles||12|
|U.S. Billboard Black Singles||5|
The information regarding accolades attributed to "That's the Way of the World" is adapted from AcclaimedMusic.net.
|Rolling Stone||U.S.||The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time||2005||329|
|Bruce Pollock||U.S.||The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000||2005||*|
(*) designates lists that are unordered.
In 1978, doomed Peoples Temple member Deanna Wilkinson performed the song as part of a live performance for Congressman Leo Ryan during an honorary reception the day before the tragic Jonestown Massacre.[video]
In 1988, Contemporary musician Najee covered the song that was released from his 1988 album, Day by Day
In 1992, pianist Richard Tee covered the song on his album "Real Time".
In 2001, Filipino singer Gary Valenciano covered this song from his album "Revive".
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- Acclaimed Music - That's the Way of the World
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