The Finer Things (song)

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"The Finer Things"
US edition cover
Single by Steve Winwood
from the album Back in the High Life
Released February 1987 (February 1987)
Genre Pop
Length 4:08 (7" version)
5:52 (album version)
Label Island
Songwriter(s) Steve Winwood, Will Jennings
Steve Winwood singles chronology
"Back in the High Life Again"
"The Finer Things"
"Back in the High Life Again"
"The Finer Things"

"The Finer Things" is a 1987 song written and performed by Steve Winwood. It was released as the fourth single from Winwood's 1986 album Back in the High Life. It went to number one for three weeks on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1987 and peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100.[1]


  • Steve Winwood – vocals, keyboards, synth solo, drum machine programming, sequencer programming
  • Jimmy Bralower – additional drum machine programming
  • Robbie Kilgore – additional keyboards, synthesizer and sequencer programming
  • Rob Mounsey – additional keyboards
  • Andrew Thomas – PPG Wave Term synthesizer programming
  • Paul Pesco – guitar
  • John Robinson – drums
  • Carole Steele – congas
  • James Ingram – backing vocals
  • Dan Hartman – backing vocals


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–2001. Record Research. p. 262. 
Preceded by
"Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" by Starship
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
April 25, 1987 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Just to See Her" by Smokey Robinson