Life (Haddaway song)

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"Life"
Life (song).jpg
Single by Haddaway
from the album The Album
B-side"Remix"
Released5 November 1993
Format
Recorded1992 at Metalworks Studios in Mississauga, Ontario
Length4:18
LabelCoconut
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Dee Dee Halligan
  • Junior Torello
Haddaway singles chronology
"What Is Love"
(1993)
"Life"
(1993)
"I Miss You"
(1993)
Music video
"Life" on YouTube

"Life" (known as "Life (Everybody Needs Somebody to Love)" in the US) is a song recorded by the Trinidadian-German Eurodance artist Haddaway. It was released on November 5, 1993 as the second single from his debut album, The Album by Coconut Records. It was written and produced by Dee Dee Halligan (Dieter Lünstedt a.k.a. Tony Hendrik) and Junior Torello. The song peaked at number 1 in Finland, Greece, Israel, Spain and Sweden. And in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Italy and Switzerland it peaked at #2. On the Eurochart Hot 100, "Life" peaked at number 1. Another CD maxi were produced at the end of that year containing new remixes (one of them was made by Bass Bumpers). By March 1994, "Life" had sold 1.5 million copies worldwide.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received favorable reviews from music critics. Billboard wrote about the song: "Although there is no denying the stylistic similarity to Haddaway's huge "What Is Love," this single gains its own strength through a fun, sing-along chorus and warmly upbeat lyrics. Added pleasure comes from Haddaway's assured voice."[2]

Haddaway in the "Life" music video.

Music & Media wrote: "Variations on a theme have always been bona fide recording tricks and subsequently Life will be What Is Love? Part II."[3]

Dave Sholin from the Gavin Report commented on the song: "At a time when programmers are pleading for uptempo releases, Haddaway delivers an early Christmas present. "Life..." comes complete with a melody as compelling as his debut smash, "What Is Love."[4]

Network 40 wrote: "Compared by many programmers to SNAP's "Rhythm Is A Dancer," this uptempo Dance track spices in Techno mixes to bring home the goods. Familiar in sound to his #1 worldwide hit, "What Is Love," "Life" is already receiving airplay at a handful of stations that were lucky enough to get the import early. This tune will research phenomenally, following in the heels of its predecessor. Another Morning Line "Best Bet.""[5]

Track listings[edit]

CD maxi
  1. "Life" (radio edit) — 4:18
  2. "Life" (12" mix) — 6:00
  3. "Life" (club life) — 6:13
Cassette single
  1. "Life" — 4:18
  2. "Life" (instrumental) — 4:18
CD maxi - Remixes
  1. "Life / Remix" (mission control mix) — 7:00
  2. "Life" (Bass Bumpers remix) — 5:55
  3. "Life" (radio edit) — 4:15

Charts and sales[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ellie Weinert (March 26, 1994). Casebook: Haddaway. Billboard. Retrieved 2011-08-13.
  2. ^ "Billboard: Single Reviews" (PDF). Billboard magazine. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "New Releases: Singles" (PDF). Music & Media (1993-08-14, page 8). Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  4. ^ Sholin, Dave. "Singles" (PDF). Gavin Report. Retrieved April 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "Mainstream: Music Meeting" (PDF). Network 40 (1993-12-03, page 22). Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Haddaway – Life". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Haddaway – Life" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Haddaway – Life" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 2393." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Top RPM Dance/Urban: Issue 2379." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Top 10 Denmark" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  12. ^ "Eurochart Hot 100 Singles" (PDF). Music & Media. 9 October 1993. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  13. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3.
  14. ^ "Lescharts.com – Haddaway – Life" (in French). Les classement single.
  15. ^ "Musicline.de – Haddaway Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  16. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (09.09.1993 - 15.09.1993)" (PDF). Dagblaðið Vísir - Tónlist. Retrieved February 4, 2018.
  17. ^ Irish Singles Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved February 10, 2008)
  18. ^ Israel Top-30: 2 weeks at No. 1 (28.07.1993 & 03.08.1993)
  19. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: H". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012.
  20. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Haddaway" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  21. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Haddaway – Life" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  22. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Haddaway – Life". VG-lista.
  23. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  24. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Haddaway – Life". Singles Top 100.
  25. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Haddaway – Life". Swiss Singles Chart.
  26. ^ a b c d Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved August 22, 2008)
  27. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Pop Singles" (PDF). Cash Box (1994-02-19). Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  28. ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: singles chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  29. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Haddaway – Life / Remix". Singles Top 100.
  30. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Haddaway – Life / Remix". Swiss Singles Chart.
  31. ^ 1993 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at Archived 2010-09-24 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved August 22, 2008)
  32. ^ "Single top 100 over 1993" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  33. ^ 1993 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch Archived 2013-11-05 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved February 13, 2008)
  34. ^ "The RPM Top 50 Dance Tracks of 1993". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
  35. ^ Austrian certifications ifpi.at Archived 2010-02-01 at WebCite (Retrieved August 22, 2008)
  36. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Haddaway; 'Life')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved August 22, 2008.
  37. ^ Swedish certifications Ifpi.se Archived 2012-05-21 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved September 11, 2008)

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