Christopher Cross (album)

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Christopher Cross
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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1979
RecordedJuly 1979
StudioWarner Bros. Recording Studios (North Hollywood, California);
Pecan Street Studios
(Austin, Texas)
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerMichael Omartian
Christopher Cross chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars [1]

Christopher Cross is the self-titled debut album by Christopher Cross, released in December 1979. Recorded in mid-1979, the album was one of the early digitally recorded albums, utilizing the 3M Digital Recording System.[2] In 1981, it won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year, famously beating Pink Floyd's The Wall [3] and it has been noted for being one of the most influential soft rock albums of the early 1980s.[4] [5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Christopher Cross.

  1. "Say You'll Be Mine" – 2:53
  2. "I Really Don't Know Anymore" – 3:49
  3. "Spinning" (Duet with Valerie Carter) – 3:59
  4. "Never Be the Same" – 4:40
  5. "Poor Shirley" – 4:20
  6. "Ride Like the Wind" – 4:30
  7. "The Light Is On" – 4:07
  8. "Sailing" – 4:14
  9. "Minstrel Gigolo" – 6:00



  • Producer – Michael Omartian
  • Assistant Producer – Michael Ostin
  • Engineer and Mix – Chet Himes
  • Second Engineer – Stuart Gitlin
  • Mastering – Bobby Hata
  • Artwork – Danny Henderson and James Flournoy Holmes
  • Design – James Flournoy Holmes and Wonder Graphics
  • Flamingo Concept – Jim Newhouse

Charts and certifications[edit]


AlbumBillboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1980 Pop Albums 6

SinglesBillboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
1980 "Ride Like the Wind" Pop Singles 2
1980 "Sailing" Pop Singles 1
1980 "Never Be the Same" Adult Contemporary 1
1980 "Never Be the Same" Pop Singles 15
1981 "Say You'll Be Mine" Pop Singles 20


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Italy (FIMI)[7] Gold 200,000[6]
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


Grammy Awards

Year Category Winner
1981 Album of the Year Christopher Cross
Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) "Sailing"
Record of the Year
Song of the Year
Best New Artist Christopher Cross

[10] [11] [12]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Christopher Cross at AllMusic
  2. ^ Jim McCullaugh (November 1, 1980), "Digital the Major Topic For N.Y. AES Parley", Billboard "The Christopher Cross LP, at number 32, uses the 3M digital technology"
  3. ^ Zach Schonfeld (February 15, 2016), The Most Ridiculous 'Album of the Year' Winners in Grammy History, Newsweek, retrieved December 13, 2016
  4. ^ Grammy Album of the Year winners 1959 – 2018-The Telegraph
  5. ^ Best New Artists Who Also Won Album Of The Year|
  6. ^ "Sale 40 – Lot 492: Italian Gold Record Award For Christopher Cross". Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles. 2011. Retrieved 2013-04-30.
  7. ^ "Italian album certifications – Christopher Cross – Christopher Cross" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Select "Tutti gli anni" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "Christopher Cross" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Album e Compilation" under "Sezione".
  8. ^ "British album certifications – Christopher Cross – Christopher Cross". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Christopher Cross in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Cross, Christopher – Christopher Cross". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  10. ^ Christopher Cross|Artist|
  11. ^ 23rd Annual GRAMMY Awards|1980|
  12. ^ 23rd Annual GRAMMY Awards|