Sailing" is a song written and recorded by American artist Christopher Cross. It was released in June 1980 as the second single from his eponymous debut album. The song was a success in the USA, winning Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Arrangement of the Year, and helping Cross win the Best New Artist award. VH1 named this the greatest "softsational soft rock" music song of all time. [1 ]
It was a number-one single on the
chart in the United States, reaching that position on August 30, 1980, for one week. Billboard Hot 100 Since its debut, it has been covered by many artists, including [2 ] Avant, Barry Manilow, Greenskeepers, 'N Sync, Phajja, Patrick Yandall and, as a duo, Moya Brennan & Cormac de Barra. Recorded in 1979, the song was one of the first digitally recorded songs, utilizing the 3M Digital Recording System. In his Grammy acceptance speech, Cross acknowledged "Sailing" as his favorite song on the album and that originally it was not meant to be a single. [3 ] [4 ]
In popular culture [ edit ]
The Mexican airline
AeroMéxico used the theme during the mid-1980s as a jingle for its advertisements; it was also used for the cigarette brand Winston.
"Sailing" has been sampled in several other songs, including
Puff Daddy's " Best Friend" (1999) and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's " Paradise" (2006), and Chris Brown's "Can't Let You Go". Dr. Octagon's song " Blue Flowers Revisited" (1996) contains a brief interpolation of the chorus.
"Sailing" has been covered by many artists, including
'N Sync, Avant and the cast of in the episode " Glee Britney/Brittany". It can also be heard in the British animated film and American animated comedy TV series Flushed Away in the Family Guy 12th season episode " Finders Keepers".
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Billboard Hot 100 32
Chart successions [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ VH1′s 40 Most Softsational Soft-Rock Songs, stereogum.com
^ Whitburn, Joel (2010). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (rev. and expanded 9th ed.). New York: Billboard Books. pp. 162, 889. ISBN 9780823085545.
^ Jim McCullaugh (November 1, 1980), "Digital the Major Topic For N.Y. AES Parley", Billboard "The Christopher Cross LP, at number 32, uses the 3M digital technology"
^ Video on YouTube
^ " Ultratop.be – Christopher Cross – Sailing" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association . Retrieved . July 6, 2011
^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: C". Hit Parade Italia . Retrieved . July 6, 2012
^ " Nederlandse Top 40 – Christopher Cross search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
^ " Charts.org.nz – Christopher Cross – Sailing". Top 40 Singles.
^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
External links [ edit ]
What a Fool Believes"* by The Doobie Brothers ( Jeffrey Baxter, John Hartman, Keith Knudsen, Michael McDonald, Tiran Porter, Patrick Simmons)
produced by Ted Templeman (1980) "
Sailing"* by Christopher Cross
produced by Michael Omartian (1981)
Bette Davis Eyes"* by Kim Carnes
produced by Val Garay (1982) "
Rosanna" by Toto ( Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, David Hungate, Steve Porcaro)
produced by Toto (1983)
Beat It" by Michael Jackson
produced by Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones (1984) "
What's Love Got to Do with It" by Tina Turner
produced by Terry Britten (1985)
We Are the World"* by USA for Africa
produced by Quincy Jones (1986) "
Higher Love" by Steve Winwood
produced by Russ Titelman & Steve Winwood (1987)
Graceland" by Paul Simon
produced by Paul Simon (1988) "
Don't Worry, Be Happy"* by Bobby McFerrin
produced by Linda Goldstein (1989)