The Horses

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"The Horses"
Daryl Braithwaite The Horses.jpg
Single by Daryl Braithwaite
from the album Rise
B-side "I Can't Wait"
Released 25 January 1991
Format CD
Genre Pop
Length 4:16
Label CBS
Songwriter(s) Rickie Lee Jones, Walter Becker
Producer(s) Simon Hussey
Daryl Braithwaite singles chronology
"The Horses"
"Higher Than Hope"

"The Horses" is a song written by Rickie Lee Jones and Walter Becker. It originally appeared on Jones' 1989 album Flying Cowboys. While not released as a single, the original version did appear in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire, and was also included on the film's soundtrack.

The song was covered by Daryl Braithwaite on his 1990 album Rise. It was released as a single in January 1991, and reached No. 1 on the Australian singles chart in May. "The Horses" was certified platinum in Australia by ARIA.[1] Margaret Urlich provided the female vocals in the song; however, she chose not to appear in the music video due to other work commitments. Model Gillian Mather lip synced Urlich's voice for the video.

In May 2016, while celebrating the 25th anniversary of the song peaking at number 1 in Australia, Braithwaite said: "I would never have thought that 25 years down the track, 'The Horses' – a song that I heard quite by accident and then recorded, would be liked by so many people for so many different reasons. And for this I am eternally grateful. I am sure that Rickie Lee Jones and Walter Becker could never imagine how endearing the song would and has become. My thanks to Sony Music Australia and Simon Hussey and everyone involved with the recording."[2][3] The song was certified 4× platinum in 2016.[4]

Track listing[edit]

Australian CD single
  1. "The Horses" − 4:16
  2. "I Can't Wait" − 4:12
European Maxi single
  1. "The Horses" − 4:16
  2. "Let Me Be" − 5:36
  3. "You Could Be Wrong" − 3:23
  4. "I Can't Wait" − 4:12


Weekly charts[edit]

"The Horses" was released in January 1991. It made its ARIA chart debut at number 38 on 3 March, before peaking at number 1 on 19 May. The song spent 23 weeks inside the Australian top 50.[5]

Chart (1991) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Position
Australia (ARIA)[7] 4


Country Certification
Australia 4× Platinum[8]
Preceded by
"Tingles" by Ratcat
Australian ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
18–31 May 1991
Succeeded by
"Don't Go Now" by Ratcat

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  2. ^ "HAPPY 25TH, DARYL BRAITHWAITE'S HORSES!". 19 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Daryl Braithwaite 'The Horses' Celebrates 25th Anniversary". 18 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2016 Singles". ARIA. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "DARYL BRAITHWAITE - THE HORSES (SONG)". Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  6. ^ " – Daryl Braithwaite – The Horses". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  7. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 50 Singles 1991". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "The ARIA Report issue 1369 wc 24 May 2016" (PDF). 24 May 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2016.