Beautiful Life (Ace of Base song)

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"Beautiful Life"
Beautiful Life by Ace of Base single.jpg
Single by Ace of Base
from the album The Bridge
Released October 20, 1995[1]
Recorded 1995
Genre Eurodance, pop, techno
Length 3:38
Label Mega
Writer(s) Jonas Berggren, John Ballard
Producer(s) Jonas Berggren, Denniz Pop, Max Martin
Ace of Base singles chronology
"Lucky Love"
"Beautiful Life"
"Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry"
Music sample

"Beautiful Life" is a song by Swedish band Ace of Base, released on October 20 1995.[1] In North America, it was the first single released from The Bridge; in Europe, it followed "Lucky Love".

The song was written on January 1, 1994 by band member Jonas Berggren while he was in the Canary Islands. At the time, "The Sign" had just hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list, which inspired him to write the song. Berggren incorporated gospel elements into the song, and the single proved quite successful worldwide, reaching number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart in December 1995.[2] It also hit #1 on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

Critical reception[edit]

J.D. Considine of Spin magazine said in a writeup about The Bridge that "the real genius of Ace of Base lies not with perky singing... but with the ability to make melancholy sound so damned appealing." The evaluation continues to narrow in scope as he continues to say "even the cheerfully titled 'Beautiful life' dampens its club-savvy stomp with a heartbreaking minor key chorus."[3]

Music video[edit]

The video for the song was directed by Richard Heslop, who would go on to direct the band's later video for "Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry". The video included computer-generated bubbles which whisked the band from place to place. According to music channel VH1 in the United States, the band's record label, Arista Records, insisted the bubbles be removed from the video, leading to a somewhat strange-looking U.S. video, with the band members looking at (and reacting to) bubbles that were no longer there. In Europe, both versions of the video were released. In addition to the two alternate videos, remix videos were also created, and VH1 released a Pop-Up Video version of the video in 1998.

Track listings[edit]



Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Be My Lover" by La Bouche
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
January 6, 1996 - January 12, 1996
Succeeded by
"If I Were You" by k.d. lang
Preceded by
"El Tiburón" by Proyecto Uno
Canadian RPM Dance chart number-one single
January 29, 1996 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Missing" by Everything but the Girl

Cover versions[edit]

Indie band Jukebox The Ghost recorded a cover of the song for Engine Room Recordings' compilation album Guilt by Association Vol. 2, which was released in November 2008.[23]

In 2015, the American dance-pop trio Punch !nc recorded a reimagined version of the song, titled "Heaven (Beautiful Life)." This version has reached number six on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart.[24]

Appearances in other media[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ace of Base's success fuels Swedish confidence". Billboard. 28 October 1995. Retrieved 25 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Billboard - Google Boeken. 1995-12-16. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  3. ^ J.D. Considine (February 1996), Ace of Base - The Bridge, Spin magazine 
  4. ^ " – Ace of Base – Beautiful Life". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  5. ^ " – Ace of Base – Beautiful Life" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  6. ^ " – Ace of Base – Beautiful Life" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  7. ^ " – Ace of Base – Beautiful Life" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  8. ^ Canada top singles peak
  9. ^ Canada dance peak
  10. ^ "Ace of Base: Beautiful Life" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  11. ^ " – Ace of Base – Beautiful Life" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  12. ^ " – Ace of Base Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  13. ^ Search for Irish peaks Archived 2009-06-03 at WebCite
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Ace of Base search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  15. ^ " – Ace of Base – Beautiful Life". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  16. ^ " – Ace of Base – Beautiful Life". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  17. ^ " – Ace of Base – Beautiful Life". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  18. ^ "Archive Chart: 1996-02-03" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  19. ^ "Ace Of Base – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Ace Of Base. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  20. ^ a b c Allmusic. Ace of Base | Billboard Singles.
  21. ^ a b "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Singles 1996". The Australian Record Industry Association Ltd. Archived from the original on 2015-11-02. Retrieved 2015-11-02. 
  22. ^ Canada Top 50 Dance Tracks of 1996
  23. ^ Matthew Solarski (19 November 2008). "My Brightest Diamond, Frightened Rabbit Do Covers". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2009-06-11. 
  24. ^ Chart history for Punch !nc from Billboard
  25. ^ Nintendo Land: The Eye of the Kong - PART 7 - Game Grumps. Game Grumps. 2012. Event occurs at 12:13. 

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