Sweet Freedom (Michael McDonald song)

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"Sweet Freedom"
Michael McDonald - Sweet Freedom.jpeg
Single Cover
Single by Michael McDonald
from the album Sweet Freedom and Running Scared soundtrack
ReleasedJune 1986
FormatCassette single
7" single
12" single
CD single
Recorded1986
GenreR&B, blue-eyed soul, soft rock
Length4:07 (radio mix) / 7:38 (12" version)
LabelMCA Records
Songwriter(s)Rod Temperton
Producer(s)Rod Temperton, Bruce Swedien, Richard Rudolph (credited as Dick Rudolph)
Michael McDonald singles chronology
"Lost in the Parade"
(1985)
"Sweet Freedom"
(1986)
"Our Love"
(1986)
"Lost in the Parade"
(1985)
"Sweet Freedom"
(1986)
"Our Love"
(1986)

"Sweet Freedom" is a song by Michael McDonald, and his last Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single's music video featured McDonald, along with actors Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines, in the film Running Scared. [1]

In addition to being featured on Running Scared's soundtrack, the song was featured on the 1986 re-release of McDonald's 1985 album No Lookin' Back.

Credits[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Canada The Record Singles Chart 25[2]
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 12
U.S. Adult Contemporary Tracks 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 8
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 17

Safri Duo version[edit]

"Sweet Freedom"
Single by Safri Duo featuring Michael McDonald
from the album Episode II
Released10 June 2002
FormatCD single
GenreWorld music, electronic
Length3:23
LabelUniversal
Songwriter(s)Rod Temperton
Producer(s)Safri Duo, Michael Parsberg
Safri Duo featuring Michael McDonald singles chronology
"Baya Baya"
(2001)
"Sweet Freedom"
(2002)
"Fallin' High"
(2003)
"Baya Baya"
(2001)
"Sweet Freedom"
(2002)
"Fallin' High"
(2003)

In 2002, Danish electronic percussion duo Safri Duo covered the song featuring Michael McDonald. It was released in June as the fourth and final single from their debut album, Episode II.

Track listing[edit]

CD maxi
  1. "Sweet Freedom" (Radio Version) - 3:23
  2. "Sweet Freedom" (Tillmann Uhrmacher Remix) - 7:35
  3. "Sweet Freedom" (Jan Driver Vocal Mix) - 7:41
  4. "Sweet Freedom" (Extended) - 5:09

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 50
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 50
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[5] 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 29
Italy (FIMI)[7] 39
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 20
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[9] 39
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[10] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 52
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 54

In popular culture[edit]

  • On June 21, 2010, the song was played in an episode of the British television talk show The 5 O'Clock Show.
  • The song is the culmination of the storyline of the online video series Yacht Rock.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Songfacts". songfacts.com. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
  2. ^ Lwin, Nanda. Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide (2000). Mississauga, Ont.: Music Data Canada
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Safri Duo feat. Michael McDonald – Sweet Freedom" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Safri Duo feat. Michael McDonald – Sweet Freedom" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Safri Duo feat. Michael McDonald – Sweet Freedom" (in French). Ultratip.
  6. ^ "Musicline.de – Safri Duo feat. Michael McDonald Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  7. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Safri Duo feat. Michael McDonald – Sweet Freedom". Top Digital Download.
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Safri Duo feat. Michael McDonald" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  9. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  10. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – Safri Duo feat. Michael McDonald – Sweet Freedom" Canciones Top 50.
  11. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Safri Duo feat. Michael McDonald – Sweet Freedom". Swiss Singles Chart.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.