The World Is a Ghetto (War song)

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"The World Is a Ghetto"
The World Is a Ghetto - War.jpg
Single by War
from the album The World Is a Ghetto
B-side"Four Cornered Room"
ReleasedOctober 1972 (1972-10)
Genre
Length3:59 (single version) 10:59 (album version)
LabelUnited Artists
Songwriter(s)War
Producer(s)Jerry Goldstein
War singles chronology
"Slippin' into Darkness"
(1971)
"The World Is a Ghetto"
(1972)
"The Cisco Kid"
(1973)

"The World Is a Ghetto" is a song written and performed by War. It reached #3 on the U.S. R&B chart and #7 on the U.S. pop chart in 1973.[2] It also reached the Top 40 in Canada.[3] The song was featured on their 1972 album The World Is a Ghetto.[4]

The single version radio edit was less than 4 minutes. The album version, nearly 11 minutes long, featured a third verse, a longer intro, a saxophone solo in the instrumental section, and an extended coda featuring an electric guitar solo while War repeatedly sang the song's title before the fade.

The song was produced by Jerry Goldstein.[5]

The song ranked #94 on Billboard magazine's Top 100 singles of 1973.[6]

Other charting versions[edit]

Other versions[edit]

Sampling[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[18] Gold 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Don Wallace (1 November 2007). One Great Game: Two Teams, Two Dreams, in the First Ever National Championship High School Football Game. Simon and Schuster. pp. 30–. ISBN 978-1-4165-8641-8.
  2. ^ "War, "The World Is a Ghetto" Chart Positions". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. 1973-02-17. Retrieved 2021-02-10.
  4. ^ "War, The World Is a Ghetto". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  5. ^ "War, "The World Is a Ghetto" Single Release". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  6. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1973". Archived from the original on 2010-11-25. Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  7. ^ "Will Downing, "The World Is a Ghetto" Chart Position". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  8. ^ "Ahmad Jamal, "The World Is a Ghetto" Single Release". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "Charles Kynard, Your Mama Don't Dance". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  10. ^ "James Moody, Sax & Flute Man". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  11. ^ "Sonny Stitt, Mr. Bojangles". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  12. ^ "George Shearing, The Way We Are". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  13. ^ "George Benson, "The World Is a Ghetto" Single Release". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  14. ^ "The Sax Pack, The Sax Pack". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  15. ^ "DJ Spinna, The Boogie Back: Post Disco Club Jams". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  16. ^ "The Paragons, On the Beach with The Paragons". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  17. ^ "Kandace Springs, Soul Eyes". Retrieved April 3, 2019.
  18. ^ "American single certifications – War – The World Is a Ghetto". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved August 21, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.