The World's Greatest

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"The World's Greatest"
Single by R. Kelly
from the album Ali: Original Soundtrack & Chocolate Factory (Bonus Disc Version)
B-side I Decided
Released 18 February 2002
Format CD single
Recorded 2001
Genre R&B
Length 4:37 (Radio Edit)
Label Jive
Writer(s) R. Kelly
Producer(s) R. Kelly
R. Kelly singles chronology
"A Woman's Threat"
"The World's Greatest"
"Ignition (Remix)"
Chocolate Factory track listing

"The World's Greatest" is a song written and recorded by R&B singer R. Kelly. The song was originally featured on the soundtrack to the film Ali,[1] and also appeared on bootleg copies of Kelly's unreleased album, Loveland, which later became a bonus disc to Chocolate Factory.[2] It was covered by folk singer Bonnie Prince Billy on his 2007 EP Ask Forgiveness.

Music video[edit]

The music video is directed by Bille Woodruff. Kelly is a boxer in this video, playing the part of Muhammad Ali, as this song was originally a tribute to him. There is no color in the video except for red, Kelly's boxing clothes happen to have that color.

Reception and awards[edit]

The song reached number 31 on the Billboard R&B chart.[3] Its music video, which portrayed Kelly as a boxer,[4] was in heavy rotation on channels like MTV and BET. In the UK, it peaked at number four.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single[5]
  1. "The World's Greatest" (Radio Edit)
  2. "The World's Greatest" (Album Version)
  3. "I Decided"

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Year Artist Album
2007 Bonnie Prince Billy Ask Forgiveness
2012 Ellen and the Escapades All The Crooked Scenes


  1. ^ Other reviews by Glenn McClanan (2003-08-30). "SoundtrackNet : Ali Soundtrack". Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  2. ^ "Don't Just Listen, Be Heard". Soundcrank. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "Video". Technorati. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  5. ^ The World's Greatest: R. Kelly: Music
  6. ^ "UK Top 100 - 2002". Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
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