Hiroshima (song)

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Single by Wishful Thinking
from the album Hiroshima
B-side "She Belongs to the Night"
Format 7" single
Recorded 1969
Writer(s) Dave Morgan
Producer(s) Lou Reizner
Sandra Hiroshima.jpg
Single by Sandra
from the album Paintings in Yellow
B-side "La Vista de Luna"
Released February 1990
Format CD maxi
7" single
12" single
Recorded 1989
Genre Synthpop
Length 4:11 (single version)
6:50 (album version)
Label Virgin
Writer(s) David Morgan
Producer(s) Michael Cretu
Sandra singles chronology
"La Vista de Luna"
"(Life May Be) A Big Insanity"

"Hiroshima" is a pop song about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima written by David Morgan and first recorded by Wishful Thinking in 1969.[1][2] In 1978 their single entered the German Top 20[3] with a peak at #8[4] and stayed there for several months.

In 1983, East German band the Puhdys recorded a version with translated German lyrics on their Computer-Karriere album.

In 1990 German singer Sandra released the song on her fourth studio album Paintings in Yellow. It was produced by Michael Cretu and received positive reception from music critics. The song was released as the lead single in the spring of 1990 (see 1990 in music), and became one of Sandra's biggest hits. The song went to number four in Germany, Switzerland and Israel and entered the Top twenty in France. However, in the United Kingdom, it failed to enter the chart. The single's B-side, "La Vista de Luna", had previously appeared on Sandra's third studio album Into a Secret Land.[5] The song was also covered by the German power metal band Freedom Call in the special edition of their first live album Live Invasion.

Formats and track listings[edit]

CD maxi
  1. "Hiroshima" — 4:11
  2. "Hiroshima" (extended club mix) — 6:44
  3. "Hiroshima" (dub mix) — 3:08
  4. "Heaven Can Wait" (U.S. remix) — 7:11
7" single
  1. "Hiroshima" — 4:11
  2. "La Vista de Luna" — 3:44
12" single
  1. "Hiroshima" (extended club mix) — 6:44
  2. "Hiroshima" (dub mix) — 3:08
  3. "Heaven Can Wait" (U.S. Remix) — 7:11


  • Written by Dave Morgan
  • Artwork by Mike Schmidt
  • Photography by Stefan The Langner
  • Produced by Michael Cretu
  • Published by :
    • Reizner Music Corporation / Global Musikverlag for Germany, Austria and Switzerland
    • Reizner Music Corporation for other territories


Wishful Thinking version

Chart (1978) Peak
German Singles Chart[6] 8[7]

Sandra version

Chart (1990) Peak
French SNEP Singles Chart[8] 16
German Singles Chart[6] 4
Swiss Singles Chart[8] 4

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Wishful Thinking discography (1970s)". Wishfulthinking.de. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  2. ^ "Wishful Thinking biography". Wishfulthinking.de. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  3. ^ "German Top 20, May 1978". .informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de. Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  4. ^ "German Top 20, September 1978". .informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de. Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  5. ^ Sandra-cretu.narod.ru (Retrieved April 25, 2009)
  6. ^ a b German Singles Chart Charts-surfer.de Archived 2009-01-08 at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved April 25, 2009)
  7. ^ "Wishful Thinking version chart peak". .informatik.uni-wuerzburg.de. Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  8. ^ a b "Hiroshima", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 25, 2009)

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