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"
(2001)
"The World's Greatest"
(2002)
"Ignition (Remix)"
(2003)
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 originaly 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]

Chart Peak
position
Dutch Singles Chart 2
French Singles Chart 3
German Singles Chart 13
Belgium Single Chart 9
Irish Singles Chart 6
New Zealand Singles Chart 41
Swiss Singles Chart 11
Swedish Single Chart 7
UK Singles Chart 4
US Billboard Hot 100 34
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 31

Cover versions[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Other reviews by Glenn McClanan (2003-08-30). "SoundtrackNet : Ali Soundtrack". Soundtrack.net. 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: Amazon.co.uk: Music