Shining Star (Earth, Wind & Fire song)

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"Shining Star"
Shining Star (Earth, Wind & Fire).jpg
Single by Earth, Wind & Fire
from the album That's the Way of the World
B-side"Yearnin' Learnin'"
ReleasedJanuary 21, 1975
RecordedAutumn 1974
Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology
"Hot Dawgit"
"Shining Star"
"Sun Goddess"

"Shining Star" is a song by Earth, Wind & Fire issued as a single in January 1975 on Columbia Records.[1] The song rose to No. 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the Billboard Hot Soul Songs chart.[2][3] It has also been certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.[citation needed]


"Shining Star" was produced by Maurice White and composed by White, Larry Dunn and Philip Bailey. The song also came off EWF's 1975 album That's the Way of the World.[1]

The concept for the song came to Maurice White while strolling at night during the band's recording of "That's the Way of the World" at Caribou Ranch. He became inspired by looking up at the starry sky and took his ideas about the song to the other band members.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Vibe described Shining Star as "a treasure".[5]

"Shining Star" also won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.[6]

Appearances in other media[edit]

"Shining Star" appeared on the soundtrack of the 2016 feature film Doctor Strange.[7]

It appears in a 2017 TV commercial for Walmart, in which their 1.5 million associates – "shining stars" – are thanked for their work during the Christmas season.[8]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1975–1976) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1


The information regarding accolades attributed to "Shining Star" is adapted from[9]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Pause & Play U.S. Songs Inducted into a Time Capsule, One Album per Week 2008 *
The Recording Academy U.S. Grammy Hall of Fame 2007 *
Dave Marsh U.S. The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made 1989 433
Bruce Pollock U.S. The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000 2005 *

(*) designates lists that are unordered.


  1. ^ a b Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Star. Columbia Records. January 1975.
  2. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Star (Hot 100)".
  3. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Star (Hot Soul Songs)".
  4. ^ Flans, Robyn (December 1, 2004). "Classic Tracks: Earth, Wind & Fire's "Shining Star"". Mixonline.
  5. ^ Earth, Wind & Fire: That's The Way Of The World. 12. Vibe Magazine. September 2004. p. 205.
  6. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Star".
  7. ^ "Doctor Strange: Soundtrack".
  8. ^ "Walmart TV Commercial, 'Thanks to All Our Associates' Song By Earth, Wind and Fire". Retrieved December 25, 2017.
  9. ^ "Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Star".

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