Knockin' on Heaven's Door" is a song written and sung by Bob Dylan, for the soundtrack of the 1973 film . Released as a single, it reached No. 12 on the Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid singles chart. Described by Dylan biographer Clinton Heylin as "an exercise in splendid simplicity", Billboard Hot 100 the song, in terms of the number of other artists who have covered it, is one of Dylan's most popular post-1960s compositions. 
Members of the
Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. 
Chart history [ edit ]
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Cover versions [ edit ]
Eric Clapton version [ edit ]
In January 1975
Eric Clapton played on Jamaican singer Arthur Louis' recording of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" arranged in a reggae style. Subsequently, Clapton recorded his own reggae-style version of the song which was released in August 1975, two weeks after Louis's version was released as a single in July 1975. Clapton's single peaked at No. 38 in the  UK Singles Chart. The single was less successful in the US, only reaching No. 109 in . Clapton's 1996 boxed set Cash Box features a performance recorded in London in April 1977. The song was also performed during the Crossroads 2: Live in the Seventies and Journeyman world tours in 1990 and 2003. Additionally, the song has been included on several Clapton compilation albums, such as One More Car, One More Rider , Time Pieces: The Best of Eric Clapton , Backtrackin' and The Cream of Clapton . Complete Clapton 
Guns N' Roses versions [ edit ]
Guns N' Roses started including the song in their live sets. A live version of the song was released on the maxi-single of " Welcome to the Jungle" the same year. They recorded a studio version in 1990 for the soundtrack of the film which reached No. 18 on the Days of Thunder Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart in 1990. This version was later slightly modified for the 1991 album (basically discarding the responses in the second verse). Released as the fourth single from the album, it reached No. 2 on the Use Your Illusion II UK Singles Chart as well as No. 12 in Australia and No. 1 in Ireland. Their performance of the song at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in 1992 was used as the B-side for the single release and was also included on their album, released in 1999. Live Era: '87–'93 The  music video for this version of the song was directed by Andy Morahan. 
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)
Certifications [ edit ]
Dunblane tribute [ edit ]
In 1996 and with the consent of Dylan,
Scottish musician Ted Christopher wrote a new verse for "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" in memory of the schoolchildren and teacher killed in the Dunblane school massacre. This has been, according to some sources, one of the few times Dylan has officially authorized anybody to add or change the lyrics to one of his songs.  This version of the song, including children from the village singing the chorus with guitarist and producer of Dylan's album  (1983), Infidels Mark Knopfler, was released on December 9 in the UK and reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart. The proceeds went to charities for children.  The song was featured on the compilation album  , where all royalties from the song were given to three separate charities. Hits 97
Other cover versions [ edit ]
Two different live versions by
Fairport Convention recorded in February 1974 at the Troubadour in Los Angeles were released. One on the Sandy Denny box set Who Knows Where the Time Goes in 1985, and the other on her anthology in 2004. A Boxful of Treasures  A live version by
Cold Chisel appears on their 1981 live album . Swingshift  A live version by
Television appears on their 1982 album . The Blow-Up Danny & Dusty released a version of the song on their 1985 album
. The Lost Weekend
Heaven released a version of the song on the group's 1985 album, Knockin' On Heaven's Door. 
Randy Crawford released a version of this song on her album Rich and Poor in 1989, featuring Eric Clapton and David Sanborn.
Vlado Kreslin released his live version on his album Pikapolonica in 1996. It was performed by Beltinška banda.
S Vremena Na Vreme released a cover on their live album Unplugged in 1997.  The Brazilian singer
Zé Ramalho released a Portuguese version of Dylan's song called "Batendo na Porta do Céu" in his 1997 album Antologia Acústica (Acoustic Anthology).
Warren Zevon released a version of the song on his 2003 album , shortly before his death from cancer in September of that year. The Wind
Avril Lavigne released a cover version on the bonus CD of her video release in 2003, as one of the My World B-Sides from her single "Nobody's Home" and afterwards as a Japanese bonus track for her 2011 album . Goodbye Lullaby
Larry Norman released his cover on his 2004 album Sessions. With the exception of the chorus line, the song has completely original lyrics. 
Roger Waters released a cover version on his album . Flickering Flame: The Solo Years Volume 1
Wyclef Jean recorded a version of the song, which was used in the 2004 documentary Ghosts of Cité Soleil.
Babyface released a version on his 2007 album . Playlist A version by
Antony and the Johnsons was included on the Bob Dylan cover album , which served as the soundtrack for the film of the same name. I'm Not There Both
Jerry Garcia Band and the Grateful Dead often covered the song in their live sets, one recorded example being the Jerry Garcia Band live album Don't Let Go
Meir Ariel, an Israeli singer, covered the song with a Hebrew version in a 1998 concert later released as an album, Doors Are Opened By Themselves. The chorus is sung in both Hebrew and English.
Bryan Ferry recorded a version of the song on his album . Dylanesque
Ján Boleslav Kladivo released a Slovak version on his 1995 debut album Nahá
Sampled version [ edit ]
Gabrielle's single " Rise" (2000) sampled from this song.
Soundtrack inclusions [ edit ]
Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid 1973
Renaldo & Clara 1978
Bob Dylan &
Lethal Weapon 2 1989
Randy Crawford, Eric Clapton & David Sanborn
Days of Thunder 1990
Guns N' Roses
(segment "Aswang") Shake Rattle & Roll 2 1990
Guns N' Roses
Total Balalaika Show 1994
Leningrad Cowboys and Alexandrov Ensemble
Lawn Dogs 1997
The Dybbuk of the Holy Apple Field 1997
Knockin' on Heaven's Door 1997
Treasure Planet 2002
Be Cool 2005
( Las Vegas episode 45, "Letters, Lawyers and Loose Women") 2005
( Six Feet Under episode 61, "All Alone") 2005
( ER episode 260, "Darfur") 2006
Salvador (Puig Antich) 2006
I'm Not There 2007
Antony & the Johnsons
( Supernatural episode 35, "Houses of the Holy") 2007
( Cold Case episode 84, "Blood on the Tracks") 2007
( Big Love episode 2-08, "Kingdom Come") 2007
My Name is Earl 2008
Come Dio Comanda
Antony & the Johnsons
Heaven's Door 2009
( Supernatural episode 98, "Dark Side of the Moon") 2010
Blue Bloods (Season 4, Episode 7, "Drawing Dead") 2013
The 100 2015
(episode 9, "Death Doesn't Let You Say Goodbye") Sense8 2015
Antony & the Johnsons
Containment, episode 5, "Like a Sheep Among Wolves" 2016
In popular culture [ edit ]
Nick Talevski used the title for his book,
Knocking On Heaven's Door: Rock Obituaries. A version of this song was performed by Raign for the TV show "The 100" 
An alternate name for the 24th episode of
is "Knockin' on Heaven's Door". Neon Genesis Evangelion
The title is used as a name of a Stand, "Heaven's Door", in the fourth part of the manga "
", Jojo's Bizarre Adventure . Diamond is Unbreakable
The title was used for the 12th episode of Angel Beats! and Bob Dylan along with the song was mentioned in the episode by T.K. and Hinata
The Jenerators, the song was used during a tribute to the death of cast member Miguel Ferrer of NCIS: Los Angeles at the end of the Season 8 Episode 16 "New Tricks", broadcast on March 5, 2017. Ferrer was a member of The Jenerators. 
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