Reasons (Earth, Wind & Fire song)

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Song by Earth, Wind & Fire from the album That's the Way of the World
Recorded Autumn 1974
Genre Soul
Length 4:59
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Philip Bailey, Charles Stepney, Maurice White

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"Reasons" is a love ballad by Earth, Wind & Fire from their sixth album, That's the Way of the World (1975). The album was the group's most successful and contained their hit,[1] "Shining Star". The album served as the soundtrack for the Harvey Keitel film That's the Way of the World that featured the group.

The song features the falsetto singing of Philip Bailey.[2][3] Although it never charted,[4] "Reasons" has endured. The song, which was written by Bailey, Charles Stepney, Maurice White has appeared on dozens of albums, including almost all of Earth, Wind & Fire's greatest hits and compilation albums.[5]


AllMusic describes the song as a gorgeous ballad.[1] When reviewing the album, Rolling Stone's Gordon Fletcher described the song as among their ballads cut from The Four Tops/Tavares mold.[6] Over twenty years later, one album guide described it as one of the group's seminal hits.[6]

Other releases, covers and samples[edit]

Among the albums that include the song are Gratitude (1975), The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 (1978), The Eternal Dance (1992), Greatest Hits Live (1996), Earth, Wind & Fire: Greatest Hits (1998), The Ultimate Collection (1999), The Essential Earth, Wind & Fire (2002), and That's the Way of the World: Alive in 75 (2002).[5] The version on the 1975 studio album That's the Way of the World was 4:59, while the version on the 1975 Gratitude album was 8:23. Most early albums use one of these two lengths, but later career live albums have different length versions.[5]

"Reasons" has been covered by artists such as The Manhattans on The Manhattans (1976), Miki Howard on Love Confessions (1987), and Nelson Rangell on Far Away Day (2000).[7] On the 2007 Earth, Wind & Fire tribute album, Interpretations: Celebrating the Music of Earth, Wind & Fire, Musiq Soulchild covered the song during the period that he was known and credited as Musiq.[8] Reasons has also been sampled by Master P on Intro/17 Reasons featured on his album 99 Ways to Die.[9] The song has also been sampled in "Muscle Grip" from X-tra Naked by Shabba Ranks, "Budsmokers Only" from E 1999 Eternal by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, "More Reasons" from Purple Haze by Cam'ron, "Seasoned" from Charlie Hustle: The Blueprint of a Self-Made Millionaire by E-40 and "2 Step" by Fly Gypsy.[10]


  1. ^ a b "That's the Way of the World". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  2. ^ Jordan, Mark (2008-07-21). "Concert review: Earth, Wind & Fire rocks the Garden". Commercial Appeal. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  3. ^ Hogan, Ed. "Philip Bailey". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-04-25.  which mirrors Hogan, Ed. All music guide: the definitive guide to popular music: Philip Bailey (4th (paperback) ed.). Backbeat Books. ISBN 978-0-87930-627-4. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  4. ^ "That's the Way of the World - Earth,...". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  5. ^ a b c "Reasons". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  6. ^ a b "That's the Way of the World". Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  7. ^ "Albums containing a track with the title: Reasons". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  8. ^ "Interpretations: Celebrating the Music of Earth, Wind & Fire". Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  9. ^ Samples of Reasons on
  10. ^ "Reasons by Earth, Wind & Fire". Retrieved 2011-04-25. 

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