Wouldn't It Be Good

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"Wouldn't It Be Good"
Single by Nik Kershaw
from the album Human Racing
B-side "Monkey Business"
Released 21 January 1984
Format 7", 12"
Recorded Summer 1983
Genre Synthpop, pop rock, new wave
Length 4:32
Label MCA
Writer(s) Nik Kershaw
Producer(s) Peter Collins
Nik Kershaw singles chronology
"I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me"
"Wouldn't It Be Good"
"Dancing Girls"

"Wouldn't It Be Good" is a song written and recorded by singer Nik Kershaw for his 1984 studio album Human Racing.

Original version[edit]

Song information[edit]

The second single from Kershaw's debut solo album Human Racing, it was among his more popular singles spending three weeks at #4 in the UK charts and becoming a hit throughout Europe. It is also the song with which he is most closely associated in the U.S., where it narrowly missed going Top 40. Kershaw performed this song at Live Aid in London's Wembley Stadium, in July 1985.

Kershaw's prior single, his debut, had failed to be a major hit, and it was on the strength of this record's success that the earlier single, "I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", was promoted for a re-release. This time the single went all the way to #2 in the UK, becoming his highest-charting single there to date.

"Wouldn't It Be Good" was released in a single version and an extended 12" version. The main synth tune was produced using a combination of PPG Wave 2.2 and a Yamaha DX7.[1] A remix by Simon Boswell, clocking in at 7:20, appears on the album Retro:Active 4: Rare & Remixed.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Wouldn't It Be Good" — 4:35
  2. "Monkey Business" — 3:28
12" maxi
  1. "Wouldn't It Be Good" (special extended mix) — 6:50
  2. "Monkey Business" — 3:28


Country Certification Date Sales certified
UK[2] Silver March 1, 1984 200,000


Chart (1984–1985) Peak
Austrian Singles Chart[3] 12
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[4] 9
Dutch Mega Top 100[3] 32
French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 35
German Singles Chart[5] 2
Irish Singles Chart[6] 2
Norwegian Singles Chart[3] 6
Spain (AFYVE)[7] 26
Swiss Singles Chart[3] 3
UK Singles Chart[8] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 46

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ "The Official Nik Kershaw Website". Nikkershaw.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  2. ^ UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved January 5, 2009)
  3. ^ a b c d e "Wouldn't It Be Good", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved January 5, 2009)
  4. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 40, No. 14, June 09 1984". RPM. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  5. ^ German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de (Retrieved January 5, 2009)
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved January 5, 2009)
  7. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  8. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved January 5, 2009)
  9. ^ Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved January 4, 2009)