Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word

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"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word Single.jpeg
Single by Elton John
from the album Blue Moves
B-side"Shoulder Holster"
Released1 November 1976
FormatVinyl record (7")
RecordedEastern Sound, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 22 March 1976
Length3:48
LabelRocket (UK)
MCA (US)
Songwriter(s)Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer(s)Gus Dudgeon
Elton John singles chronology
"Don't Go Breaking My Heart"
(1976)
"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
(1976)
"Bite Your Lip (Get Up and Dance!)"
(1977)
Music video
"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" on YouTube

"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" is a song written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin. It was recorded by Elton John and released in 1976, both as a single and as part of the Blue Moves album. It was John's second single released by The Rocket Record Company. The song is a mournful ballad about a romantic relationship which is falling apart.

The song also appeared the following year on Greatest Hits Volume II, though for copyright reasons it no longer appears on the current version of that album. It now appears on Greatest Hits 1976–1986, The Very Best of Elton John and in Greatest Hits 1970–2002, as well as a number of other compilations.

Reception[edit]

Billboard Magazine praised John's vocal performance, calling it "almost painfully sincere and believable" and also commented on the complexity of the backing vocals.[1]

Personnel[edit]

Commercial performance and certifications[edit]

The song was a Top 20 hit, reaching No. 11 in the United Kingdom, No. 6 in the United States and No. 3 in Canada.[2] In addition, the song went to No. 1 on the US and Canadian Adult Contemporary charts.[3][4] In the US, it was certified Gold on 25 January 1977 by the RIAA.[5]

Chart history[edit]

Blue version[edit]

"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
EJ&BlueSingle.jpg
Single by Blue featuring Elton John
from the album One Love
B-side"Sweet Thing"
Released9 December 2002
FormatCD single, audio cassette
Genre
Length3:41 (album version)
3.31 (radio edit)
LabelVirgin, Innocent
Songwriter(s)Elton John, Bernie Taupin
Producer(s)Stargate
Blue singles chronology
"One Love"
(2002)
"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"
(2002)
"U Make Me Wanna"
(2003)
Music video
"Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" on YouTube

The song was covered in 2002 by English boy band Blue for their second studio album, One Love (2002). The song was recorded as a collaboration with Elton John, and was the second single from the album. It peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 15 December 2002 and also reached number one in Hungary and the Netherlands. It peaked within the top 10 in an additional 16 countries.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1

  1. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (Radio Edit) – 3:31
  2. "Lonely This Christmas" – 2:08
  3. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (Ruffin Ready Soul Mix) – 3:51
  4. "Recording Studio Footage" – 3:30

UK CD2

  1. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (Radio Edit) – 3:31
  2. "Album Medley" – 5:44
  3. "Sweet Thing" – 3:38
  4. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (Video) – 3:31

UK cassette

  1. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (Radio Edit) – 3:31
  2. "Album Medley" – 5:44
  3. "Sweet Thing" – 3:38

Charts[edit]

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Belgium (BEA)[52] Gold 25,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[53] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[54] Gold 400,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Other versions[edit]

In 2004, Elton John and Ray Charles performed the song on Charles' duet album, Genius Loves Company. It would turn out to be the last recording Charles ever did before his death that June.[55] The duet was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. It was also performed by smooth jazz saxophonist Kenny G on the soprano saxophone featuring Richard Marx on his 2004 album At Last...The Duets Album later that year.

The single was the lead single for the eight-track remix compilation Good Morning to the Night in collaboration with Australian remixer Pnau, which came out on 16 July 2012.

References[edit]

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  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 128.
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