Good Life (Inner City song)

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"Good Life"
Single by Inner City
from the album Paradise
Released 28 November 1988 (UK)[1]
Format CD single
CD maxi
Genre House, electronica, tech house
Length 4:03
Writer(s) Kevin Saunderson
Paris Grey
Ann Saunderson
Roy Holmon
Producer(s) Kevin Saunderson
Inner City singles chronology
"Big Fun"
"Good Life"
"Ain't Nobody Better"
Music video
"Good Life" on YouTube

"Good Life" is a song by American electronic music group Inner City, featuring vocals by Paris Grey. The song was written and produced by Kevin Saunderson. It is often remembered for being played at nightclubs and on radio stations

It reached number 4 in the United Kingdom in January 1989,[2] and was certified silver by the British Phonographic Industry for sales exceeding 200,000 copies.[1] In 1999 the song was rerecorded and remixed by producer Tommy Onyx and a Spanish language version was also released. The 1999 version hit number 10.

In popular culture[edit]

  • In November 1996, the song was featured prominently in the opening scene of "Smack is Back", a third season episode of the FOX police drama television series New York Undercover.[3]
  • It was featured in the opening credits of House of Style when it premiered on MTV in January 1989.
  • It was also featured in the films Slaves of New York (1989), Side Out (1990) and B*A*P*S (1997).
  • It was programmed as a chiptune for the Game Boy Advance e-reader.
  • German DJ/remixer Gardeweg used portions of this song, along with Inner City's other two singles, "Big Fun" and "Paradise", for his 2003 single "All I Want"
  • In 2005 the song was used in the South African movie Crazy Monkey presents Straight Outta Benoni. Both the original Inner City version and a cover by South African band The Finkelsteins were used in the soundtrack.[4]
  • Hercules and Love Affair sampled the synth on the song You Belong from their 2008 self-titled album.
  • It was featured in the closing credits of the 2012 Tour de France coverage on Eurosport.
  • [[Gossip (band)}|Gossip]] sampled the synth on the song "Get Lost" from their 2012 album A Joyful Noise.
  • Britney Spears sampled many elements of the song on the track "Up N Down" from her 2011 album Femme Fatale.


Chart (1988–89) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 52
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 12
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 7
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[8] 3
Germany (Media Control Charts)[9] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 6
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 6
New Zealand (RIANZ)[12] 8
Norway (VG-lista)[6] 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[6] 9
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 5
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[2] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[14] 73
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[15] 1
Preceded by
"Get on the Dance Floor" by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
January 22, 1989 - January 28, 1989
Succeeded by
"Wild Thing" by Tone Lōc


  1. ^ a b "British Phonographic Industry > Certified Awards > Search results for Inner City". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Official Charts > Inner City". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  3. ^ Steven Phillip Smith (writer); Jesús Salvador Treviño (director) (1996-11-07). "Smack is Back". New York Undercover. Season 3. Episode 7. FOX. 
  4. ^ Retrieved 28 October 2013
  5. ^ Australian (ARIA) peak provided by ARIA through "response to chart inquiry, received 2014-01-17.". Imgur. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  6. ^ a b c "Good Life", in various singles charts (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  7. ^ " – Inner City – Good Life" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5. 
  9. ^ "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Inner City (singles)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  10. ^ "The Irish Charts - All there is to know > Search results for Inner City". Fireball Media. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  11. ^ " > Discografie Inner City" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  12. ^ " > Discography Inner City". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  13. ^ " > Discographie Inner City" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  14. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Inner City > Chart History > The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-01-15. 
  15. ^ "Billboard > Artists / Inner City > Chart History > Dance Club Songs". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-01-15.