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Artwork for Dutch release, also used for Japanese and Australian releases in different designs
Single by Dan Fogelberg
from the album Phoenix
B-side"Along The Road"
ReleasedDecember 8, 1979[1]
Format7" (45 rpm)
RecordedOctober 1979
Songwriter(s)Dan Fogelberg
Dan Fogelberg singles chronology
"The Power of Gold"
"Heart Hotels"

"Longer" is a song written and recorded by the American singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg and released in 1979 by Full Moon Records and Epic Records. The song can be found on Fogelberg's 1979 album Phoenix. It was also included on his 1982 greatest hits album as well as various other retrospective and compilation recordings.

Fogelberg, who had released more rock oriented songs throughout the 1970s, jokingly described "Longer" in the liner notes to one of his retrospective albums as "the song that put me on the elevators."[2] He wrote the song while vacationing in Maui, "lounging in a hammock one night and looking up at the stars. It just seems this song was drifting around the universe, saw me, and decided I'd give it a good home."[2] Accompanying Fogelberg's vocals is an acoustic guitar (played by the singer) as well as a flugelhorn solo by Jerry Hey.

Lyrically, the song compares various events ("Longer than there've been stars up in the heavens") with his emotional attachment to the one he loves ("I've been in love with you").


Chart performance[edit]

"Longer" was released as a single in late 1979, prior to the release of the album Phoenix. It became Fogelberg's highest-charting hit of his career, spending two weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in March 1980.[3] It was kept from the summit the first week by "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen, and remained in the runner-up spot the next week behind "Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd. In addition, "Longer" became the first of the singer's four No. 1 songs on the Billboard adult contemporary chart between 1980 and 1984.[2] The song reached No. 85 on the Billboard country music chart.[2]

In the United Kingdom, "Longer" was Fogelberg's only song to reach the UK Singles Chart, where it peaked at No. 59.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

  • This song appears on Nissan Gloria Y30 and Y31 commercial advertisement.
  • This song appears in the wedding scene in the film About Schmidt. Lead vocals performed by Beth Heimann.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  2. ^ a b c d Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  4. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 206. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  5. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 3/15/80". Tropicalglen.com. March 15, 1980. Archived from the original on September 16, 2016. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  6. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1980/Top 100 Songs of 1980". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  7. ^ "The CASH BOX Year-End Charts: 1981". December 26, 1981.

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