Wish I Could Fly

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"Wish I Could Fly"
Single by Roxette
from the album Have a Nice Day
B-side "Happy Together"
Released February 1, 1999
Recorded 1998
Genre Pop
Length 4:40 (Album Version)
3:59 (Radio Edit)
Label EMI
Writer(s) Per Gessle
Certification Gold (Sweden)
Roxette singles chronology
"No sé si es amor"
"Wish I Could Fly"
Alternative Cover
The U.S. release of "Wish I Could Fly" in 2000 has been Roxette's only single there since 1994
Music video
"Wish I Could Fly" on YouTube

"Wish I Could Fly" is a song by the Swedish pop duo Roxette. Released in February 1999, it was the first single from their sixth studio album Have a Nice Day.

In the UK, the single peaked at #11, which was Roxette's highest position for a single since their 1993 hit "Almost Unreal" (#7). The single also made the Top 10 in Sweden and Finland, Top 20 in Austria, Switzerland and Norway, Top 30 in Germany and the Top 40 in the Netherlands.

While the album Have a Nice Day wasn't released in the U.S. Roxette signed a distribution deal with Edel Music, enabling "Wish I Could Fly" to peak at #27 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary Chart in 2000.

The song was also a considerable radio hit, becoming the most played song in Europe in 1999.[citation needed]. A Spanish-language version of the song, "Quisiera Volar", was included on the South American release of the album.

Track listing[edit]

CD Maxi

  1. "Wish I Could Fly"
  2. "Happy Together"
  3. "Wish I Could Fly" (Demo, or in the U.K. Todd Terry's Remix)

European CD Maxi – Remixes 01[1]

  1. "Wish I Could Fly" (Tee's Radio Mix) – 4:02
  2. "Wish I Could Fly" (Tee's In House Mix) – 7:57
  3. "Wish I Could Fly" (StoneBridge R&B Mix) – 4:32
  4. "Wish I Could Fly" (StoneBridge Club Mix) – 6:34

European CD Maxi – Remixes 02[2]

  1. "Wish I Could Fly" (Tee's Radio Mix) – 4:02
  2. "Wish I Could Fly" (Radio Edit / Fade Out Version) – 3:59
  3. "Wish I Could Fly" (StoneBridge R&B Mix) – 4:32
  4. "Wish I Could Fly" (StoneBridge Club Mix) – 6:34


Chart (1999) Peak
Sweden Single Charts 4
UK Singles Chart 11
Finnish Single Charts 9
Italian Single Charts 4
Norwegian Single Charts 13
German Single Charts 26
Austrian Top 40 11
Swiss Single Charts 12
Netherlands Single Charts 35
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary[3] 27
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[3] 40


  1. ^ "Wish I Could Fly (Remixes) 01". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  2. ^ "Wish I Could Fly (Remixes) 02". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  3. ^ a b Allmusic. Roxette | Billboard Singles. Retrieved 2011-08-08.

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