I Can See Clearly Now

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"I Can See Clearly Now"
I can see clearly now (Johnny Nash).jpg
Single by Johnny Nash
from the album I Can See Clearly Now
B-side"How Good It Is"
ReleasedJune 23, 1972
Format7" single
Recorded1971
GenreReggae
Length2:45
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)Johnny Nash
Producer(s)Johnny Nash
Johnny Nash singles chronology
"Stir It Up"
(1972)
"I Can See Clearly Now"
(1972)
"There Are More Questions Than Answers"
(1972)

"I Can See Clearly Now" is a song originally recorded by Johnny Nash. It was a single from the album of the same name and achieved success in the United States and the United Kingdom when it was released in 1972, reaching number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Cash Box charts. It has been covered by many artists throughout the years, including a hit version by Lee Towers where it reached the top 20 in 1982 charting at No. 19 and another hit version in 1993 by Jimmy Cliff, who re-recorded the song for the motion picture soundtrack of Cool Runnings, where it also reached the top 20 at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Writing and recording[edit]

After Nash wrote and composed the original version, he recorded it in London with members of the Fabulous Five Inc.,[1] and produced it himself. Its arrangements and style are both heavily laced with reggae influences. Nash had collaborated with Bob Marley in the past,[2] and his approach drew strongly from Marley's reggae style.

Track listings[edit]

7" single

  1. "I Can See Clearly Now" – 2:44
  2. "How Good It Is" – 2:38

7" single

  1. "I Can See Clearly Now" – 2:44
  2. "Cupid" – 3:30

Chart performance[edit]

After making modest chart advances for a month, the RIAA-certified gold single unexpectedly took only two weeks to vault from No. 20 to No. 5 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 4, 1972, remaining atop this chart for four weeks, and also spent the same four weeks atop the adult contemporary chart.[3]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[18] Gold 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Jimmy Cliff version[edit]

Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff recorded a cover of the song for the 1993 movie Cool Runnings.[19] It was released as a single in 1993, reaching No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was Cliff's first single to make the Hot 100 in 25 years, and is his highest-charting single in the United States. The song reached No. 1 in France, Iceland and New Zealand. The music video for this version was directed by Academy Award nominated film director, Scott Hamilton Kennedy.[20]

"I Can See Clearly Now"
CliffICSCN.jpg
Single by Jimmy Cliff
from the album Cool Runnings soundtrack
B-side"Sweet Jamaica" by Tony Rebel
Released1993
FormatCD single
Recorded1993
GenrePop-reggae
Length3:16
LabelChaos
Songwriter(s)Johnny Nash
Producer(s)Paul Henton

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1993–1994) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[21] 17
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[22] 32
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[23] 16
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[24] 26
Canada Dance/Urban (RPM)[25] 9
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[26] 18
France (SNEP)[27] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[28] 52
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[29] 1
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[30] 39
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[31] 1
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[32] 26
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[33] 23
US Billboard Hot 100[34] 18
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[35] 9
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[36] 98
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[37] 7

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1994) Position
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[38] 81
France (SNEP)[39] 11
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[40] 7
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[41] 14
US Billboard Hot 100[42] 66

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[43] Gold 250,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[44] Platinum 10,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

Other covers[edit]

The song has been covered by many artists. Among the most notable versions are:

In November 2016, the aforementioned cover version of the song by the Hothouse Flowers from 1990 was featured in the premiere episode of British Motoring show, The Grand Tour, causing the song to reach the number 1 position on the iTunes's Top 40 UK Rock Song chart in late 2016.[citation needed]

References[edit]

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