That's the Way of the World (Earth, Wind & Fire song)
|"That's the Way of the World"|
|Single by Earth, Wind & Fire|
|from the album That's the Way of the World|
|Released||June 18, 1975|
|Format||7", 45 RPM|
3:12 (single version)|
5:44 (album version)
|Songwriter(s)||Maurice White, Charles Stepney, Verdine White|
|Earth, Wind & Fire singles chronology|
"That's the Way of the World" is a 1975 song by the R&B band Earth, Wind & Fire and is also the title track of their album That's the Way of the World. Written by Maurice White, Charles Stepney and Verdine White for Columbia Records, "That's the Way of the World" was released as a single in many countries and reached number 12 and number 5 on the US Pop and Black Singles charts respectively. It ranked #337 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.
The song has been sampled by Frost on the song "Heaven & Hell" included on his album When Hell.A. Freezes Over, on the Do Ya Thing (Remix) by Cam'ron and on the West Coast remix of "Where Are They Now?" by Nas.
Uses in other media
|U.S. Billboard Pop Singles||12|
|U.S. Billboard Black Singles||5|
The information regarding accolades attributed to "That's the Way of the World" is adapted from AcclaimedMusic.net.
|Rolling Stone||U.S.||The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time||2005||329|
|Bruce Pollock||U.S.||The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944–2000||2005||*|
(*) designates lists that are unordered.
On November 17, 1978, Peoples Temple member and Jonestown resident Deanna Wilkinson performed the song as part of a live performance for Congressman Leo Ryan during a visit to the jungle commune to investigate allegations of human rights violations. The Jonestown massacre took place the following day. Among the victims was Wilkinson.
In 1980, trumpeter Herb Alpert covered the song on his solo album Beyond.
In 1988, Contemporary musician Najee covered the song on his album Day by Day.
In 1992, pianist Richard Tee covered the song on his album Real Time.
In 2001, Filipino singer Gary Valenciano covered the song on his album Revive.
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