Where Is the Love

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This article is about the 1972 song. For the Hanson song, see Where's the Love. For the Black Eyed Peas song, see Where Is the Love?.
"Where Is the Love"
Single by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
from the album Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
B-side "Mood"
Released June 1972
Format 7" single
Genre Soul
Length 2:43
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Ralph MacDonald
William Salter[1]
Producer(s) Joel Dorn
Arif Mardin
Certification Gold
Roberta Flack chronology
"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"
"Where Is the Love"
"Killing Me Softly with His Song"
Donny Hathaway chronology
"I Thank You"
"Where Is the Love"
"I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know"

"Where Is the Love" is a popular song written by Ralph MacDonald and William Salter, and recorded by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway. Released in 1972 from their album, Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway. It peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and spent a week each at number one on the Billboard Easy Listening chart (July 1972)[2] and R&B chart (August 1972).[3] Billboard ranked it as the No. 58 song for 1972.[4] The song won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1972) Peak
Australia 55
Canada 35
UK 29
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
U.S. Billboard Best Selling Soul Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Easy Listening 1

Cover versions[edit]

There have been numerous cover versions. For example, Helen Reddy recorded a version in 1972 on her Capitol album I Am Woman. South Vietnamese band The Dreamers recorded a cover version in 1972, which was very popular in their home country Andy Williams released a version in 1972 on his album, Alone Again (Naturally). Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '77 had a top 20 easy listening hit with their 1973 cover version. Liza Minnelli covered it on her 1973 album The Singer. Icelandic singer Þuríður Sigurðardóttir covered it in 1973 as "Hvar er min ást?" on the album "Þuríður & Pálmi", with Icelandic words by Þorsteinn Eggertsson. Eurovision Song Contest winner Dana recorded a version in the mid-1970s. Jazz legend Woody Herman recorded an Alan Broadbent arrangement for his album Children of Lima that featured a bassoon solo by Frank Tiberi. Stephanie Mills and Robert Brookins recorded a version that peaked at number 18 on the R&B chart in 1988. In 1995, the song was covered for the soundtrack to the film Dead Presidents by Jesse & Trina, and this version reached number 40 on the R&B chart.[5]

Australian singer Rick Price and New Zealand singer Margaret Urlich had a hit on the Australian charts with the song in 1993.[citation needed]

Mica Paris & Will Downing version[edit]

"Where Is the Love"
Single by Mica Paris and Will Downing
from the album So Good
Released 1988
Format 12" single, CD
Genre Soul
Length 3:33
Label 4th & Broadway
Writer(s) Ralph MacDonald
William Salter[6]
Mica Paris chronology
"Breathe Life into Me"
"Where Is the Love"

British soul singer Mica Paris and American singer-songwriter Will Downing released a cover of "Where Is the Love" in 1989 for Paris' debut album So Good.

"Where Is the Love" debuted at number twenty-eight on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number nineteen in its second week before accumulating a total of eight weeks on the chart.

Track listing[edit]

CD single[7]

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Where Is the Love"   Mica Paris & Will Downing 3:33
2. "My One Temptation" (Radio Mix) Mica Paris 3:40
3. "A Love Supreme"   Will Downing 3:29
4. "Same Feeling"   Mica Paris 3:59



Chart (1995) Peak
Ireland (IRMA)[9] 21
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 51
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[11] 19

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Where Is the Love Allmusic.
  2. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications), page 109.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 206. 
  4. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1972
  5. ^ 1995 chart info AllMusic.com. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  6. ^ Where Is the Love Allmusic.
  7. ^ "Mica Paris & Will Downing - Where Is The Love (CD) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "Mica Paris & Will Downing - Where Is The Love (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Chart Track: Week 5, 1989". Irish Singles Chart.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Mica Paris & Will Downing – Where Is The Love" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  11. ^ "Mica Paris And Will Downing: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.

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