C'est la Vie (Robbie Nevil song)

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"C'est la Vie"
Single by Robbie Nevil
from the album Robbie Nevil
A-side "Cest la Vie (Extended Version)"
"C'est la Vie (Single Version)"
B-side "Cest la Vie (Dub Version)"
"Time Waits for No One"
Released November 1986
Format 12" Maxi single
Recorded July 1985
Genre R&B, Dance-pop
Length 4:29
Label Manhattan
Writer(s) Robbie Nevil
Duncan Pain
Mark Holding
Robbie Nevil singles chronology
"C'est la Vie"
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"C'est la Vie" is a popular song by American singer Robbie Nevil from his self-titled debut album in 1986. The song was first recorded by gospel singer Beau Williams for his 1985 album Bodacious!.

Written by Nevil with Duncan Pain and Mark Holding, Nevil recorded the song for his eponymous debut album, and it was released as the first single. Nevil's single spent two weeks at #2 on the U.S. singles chart in January 1987 and remained in the top 40 for 16 weeks, becoming his highest-charting U.S. hit.[1] Additionally, the song went to #1 on the American dance chart for one week in February 1987.[2] Internationally, the song reached #3 on the United Kingdom charts. The song went to #1 almost exactly 20 years after Frank Sinatra's song "That's Life" (which is the English translation of the song title) did the same.

Track listing[edit]


  1. "C'est la Vie (Extended Version)" 7:04
  2. "C'est la Vie (Single Version)" 3:28


  1. "C'est la Vie (Dub Version)" 7:07
  2. "Time Waits for No One" 5:22


Chart (1986-87) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) 4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 13
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[5] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 2
Italy (FIMI)[7] 16
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 16
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[10] 4
Spain (AFYVE)[11] 7
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 1
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[14] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Hot Dance Club Play 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 451.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco 1974-2003, (Record Research Inc.), page 187.
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Robbie Nevil – C'est La Vie" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Robbie Nevil – C'est La Vie" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ "Musicline.de – Robbie Nevil Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  6. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: N". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Robbie Nevil search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Robbie Nevil – C'est La Vie". Top 40 Singles.
  10. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Robbie Nevil – C'est La Vie". VG-lista.
  11. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Robbie Nevil – C'est La Vie". Singles Top 60.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Robbie Nevil – C'est La Vie". Swiss Singles Chart.
  14. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th publisher= Guinness World Records Limited ed.). London. p. 390. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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Preceded by
"Come Go with Me" by Exposé
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
February 7, 1987 - February 14, 1987
Succeeded by
"Open Your Heart" by Madonna