The Worst That Could Happen

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"Worst That Could Happen"
Brooklyn Bridge Worst That Could Happen.jpg
Single by The Brooklyn Bridge
from the album Brooklyn Bridge
B-side"Your Kite, My Kite"
ReleasedDecember 1968
GenreRock, pop rock
Songwriter(s)Jimmy Webb
Producer(s)Wes Farrell
The Brooklyn Bridge singles chronology
"Worst That Could Happen"
"Blessed Is the Rain" / "Welcome Me Love"

"Worst That Could Happen" is a song with lyrics and music written by singer-songwriter Jimmy Webb. Originally recorded by the 5th Dimension on their 1967 album of nearly all-Jimmy Webb songs, The Magic Garden, "Worst That Could Happen" was later recorded by Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge and reached the Billboard Hot 100's top 40 (at #38) on January 4, 1969, peaking at #3 on February 1-8, 1969.[1]

The song depicts a man wishing well to a woman with whom he is still in love, but because the man was unwilling to settle down, she left him and is about to marry someone else who is more stable; the singer accepts the marriage but still feels that it is "the worst (thing) that could happen to (him)." It has been stated that, along with "MacArthur Park" and "By the Time I Get to Phoenix", "Worst That Could Happen" is about a relationship that Webb had had with a woman named Susan.[2]

The song is noted for the quoting of Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" from the incidental music to A Midsummer Night's Dream, which is heard at the song's end, which in the Brooklyn Bridge version, is played by a handful of trumpets, while in the Fifth Dimension version, is played by an electric organ.

According to BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.) the legal title of the song is "Worst That Could Happen."

The song appeared on the list of songs deemed inappropriate by Clear Channel following the September 11, 2001, attacks specifically listing the Johnny Maestro & the Brooklyn Bridge version, but not the 5th Dimension version, despite their note-for-note similarity.

Chart history[edit]

Other cover versions[edit]

  • B.J. Thomas covered the song on his 1969 LP, Young And In Love.


  1. ^ "Joel Whitburn Presents the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, The Sixties"
  2. ^ SongFacts
  3. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 1969-02-10. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  4. ^ |title=NZ Top 40 Singles Chart | Flavour of New Zealand, 18 April 1969
  5. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  6. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, February 8, 1969[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada".
  8. ^
  9. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December ##, 1969
  10. ^ Eder, Bruce. "Ten Easy Pieces". AllMusic. Retrieved October 26, 2012.

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