Believe (Elton John song)

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Single by Elton John
from the album Made in England
B-side "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (live)
"The One" (live)
Released 20 February 1995
Format CD, vinyl record (7"), audio cassette
Recorded 1994
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:51
Label Rocket
Writer(s) Music : Elton John
Lyrics : Bernie Taupin
Producer(s) Elton John, Greg Penny
Elton John singles chronology
"Circle of Life"
"Made in England"
Made in England track listing
"Made in England"

"Believe" is a 1994 song recorded by Elton John. It was the first single from his album Made in England and was released on 20 February 1995. It reached #1 in Canada. In the US, "Believe" was Elton John's fifteenth number one on the Adult Contemporary chart and also went to number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] It gave him his third straight top twenty single in the US, with his two hit singles from Disney's The Lion King preceding it. In Europe, it was a top twenty hit in Switzerland, UK, France and Belgium (Wallonia) and achieved moderate success in several other countries. The songs which feature as B-side were recorded at the Greek Theatre, in Los Angeles.

The music video for the song was entirely in black-and-white and shot in London, featuring shots of the title screen in the beginning and end of the video.

Track listings[edit]

  1. "Believe" - 4:51
  2. "The One" (live) - 6:32
CD maxi
  1. "Believe" — 4:51
  2. "Believe" (live) — 4:43
  3. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (live) — 3:52
CD maxi
  1. "Believe" — 4:51
  2. "The One" (live) — 6:32
  3. "Believe" (live) — 4:43


Music video[edit]

In the black and white music video for "Believe", directed by Marcus Nispel, Elton John travels around the world in a zeppelin close to the roofs of New York City and London in the middle of one day. Some behind the scenes footage for the video was used for the 1996 documentary Elton John: Tantrums and Tiaras.


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1995) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[2] 23
Austrian Singles Chart[2] 21
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[2] 38
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[2] 9
Canada RPM 50 1
Dutch Mega Top 100[2] 47
French SNEP Singles Chart[2] 13
German Singles Chart[2] 56
Irish Singles Chart[3] 24
Italian Singles Chart[2] [1] 1
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[2] 43
Swedish Singles Chart[2] 25
Swiss Singles Chart[2] 20
UK Singles Chart[4] 15
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[5] 13
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[5] 1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[5] 21

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1995) Position
French Singles Chart[6] 73
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[7] 59

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1996 "Believe" Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male[8] Nominated


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 129. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Believe", in various singles charts Archived 17 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved 12 January 2009)
  3. ^ Irish Single Chart Archived 11 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved 12 January 2009)
  4. ^ UK Singles Chart (Retrieved 12 January 2009)
  5. ^ a b c Billboard (Retrieved 12 January 2009)
  6. ^ 1995 French Singles Chart Archived 14 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved 30 January 2009)
  7. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1995". Archived from the original on 15 August 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  8. ^ "THE 38TH ANNUAL GRAMMY NOMINATIONS : The Complete List of Nominees". Los Angeles Times. 1996-01-05. Retrieved 2011-09-24. 

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Preceded by
"In the House of Stone and Light" by Martin Page
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
20–27 May 1995
Succeeded by
"Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" by Bryan Adams
Preceded by
"No More I Love You's" by Annie Lennox
Italian Singles chart number-one single
11–18 March 1995
Succeeded by
"Your Loving Arms" by Billy Ray Martin