Oh What a World (song)

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"Oh What a World"
Rufus Wainwright Oh What a World album cover.jpg
Single by Rufus Wainwright
from the album Want One
Released November 8, 2004 (2004-11-08) (UK)
Format Digital
Genre Baroque pop
Length 4:23[1]
Label DreamWorks
Writer(s) Rufus Wainwright
Producer(s) Marius de Vries
Rufus Wainwright singles chronology
"I Don't Know What It Is"
"Oh What a World"
"The One You Love"

"Oh What a World" is a song written and performed by Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. It was released as the second single from Wainwright's third studio album, Want One (2003), released digitally via iTunes and 7digital in the United Kingdom on November 8, 2004.[2] Promotional copies were also distributed to radio stations in an attempt to increase awareness of the song and album. The song includes several arrangements from Maurice Ravel's Boléro.

"Oh What a World" also appears on Rufus Wainwright: Live at the Fillmore, the bonus DVD that accompanies Want Two (2004),[3] the repackaged double album released in the UK simply titled Want,[4] and the 2005 compilation album Acoustic 05.[5]

The song contains an interpolation of Maurice Ravel's Boléro, which premiered in 1928.[6]

Track listing[edit]

UK digital single
  1. "Oh What a World"
UK promotional CD
  1. "Oh What a World" (album version)
  2. "Oh What a World" (radio edit)


Television performances[edit]


  1. ^ Johnson, Zac. "Want One". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  2. ^ "7digital – Oh What a World". 7digital.com. Retrieved November 12, 2008. 
  3. ^ Collar, Matt. "Want Two". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Want". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Acoustic, Vol. 5". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved December 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Rufus Wainwright: Oh What A World". Universal Music. Retrieved 3 January 2014. 

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