The Finer Things (song)

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"The Finer Things"
Single by Steve Winwood
from the album Back in the High Life
Released 1986 (1986)
Genre Dance-pop
Length 4:08 (7" version)
5:52 (album version)
Label Island
Writer(s) Steve Winwood
Steve Winwood singles chronology
"Back in the High Life Again"
"The Finer Things"

"The Finer Things" is a 1986 song written and performed by Steve Winwood. It was released as the fourth single from Winwood's 1986 album Back in the High Life. It went to number one for three weeks on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1987 and peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]

Band Credits[edit]

  • Steve Winwood: vocals, keyboards, guitar, synth solo, drum machine programming, sequencer programming
  • Jimmy Bralower: additional drum machine programming
  • Robbie Kilgore and Rob Mounsey: additional keyboards
  • Andrew Thomas: PPG Wave Term synthesizer programming
  • Paul Pesco: guitar
  • John Robinson: drums
  • Carole Steele: congas
  • James Ingram and Dan Hartman: backing vocals


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 262. 
Preceded by
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
April 25, 1987 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Just to See Her" by Smokey Robinson