Why (Annie Lennox song)

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Single by Annie Lennox
from the album Diva
B-side Primitive
Released 28 March 1992
Format 7", CD, Maxi-Single
Recorded July 1991
Genre Soul, pop, adult contemporary
Length 4:53 (Album/Single Version)
Label BMG, Arista
Writer(s) Annie Lennox
Producer(s) Stephen Lipson
Annie Lennox singles chronology
"Put a Little Love in Your Heart"
Music video
"Why" on YouTube

"Why" is the first solo single by the Scottish singer Annie Lennox, released in 1992. It was taken from her debut solo album Diva and reached no.5 in the United Kingdom. In the US "Why" peaked at no. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 and no.6 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Sophie Muller and was filmed during the shoot for the Diva album cover. The video shows Lennox sitting in front of a vanity mirror staring and marveling at herself before slowly putting on makeup. By the middle of the video, Lennox is fully made up and in the outfit she wore on the Diva album cover. The rest of the video consists of shots of Lennox posing for the cameras along with in-between shots of her singing the song. The video won Lennox an award for Best Female Video at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards.[2][3]

Track listings[edit]

7" single[edit]

  • A side: "Why" (Single Version) (4:53)
  • B side: "Primitive" (4:17)

CD maxi[edit]

  1. "Why" (Single Version) (4:53)
  2. "Primitive"* (4:20)
  3. "Why" (instrumental) (4:54)

*Programmed by - Marius de Vries[4]


Chart (1992) Peak
Italian Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 5
Irish Singles Chart 5
Norwegian Singles Chart 6
Swiss Singles Chart 6
Canadian Singles Chart 7
Swedish Singles Chart 10
Austrian Singles Chart 11
German Singles Chart 12
Australian Singles Chart 17
US Billboard Hot 100 Chart 34

DJ Sammy version[edit]

Single by DJ Sammy featuring Britta Medeiros
from the album The Rise
Released June 2005
Recorded 2003
Genre Trance, dance
Label Ministry of Sound/Data
Writer(s) Annie Lennox
Producer(s) Martin Eyerer
Oliver Laib
DJ Sammy featuring Britta Medeiros singles chronology
"Rise Again"
"L'bby Haba"

In 2005 "Why" was covered by Spanish producer DJ Sammy with vocals by German singer Britta Medeiros. "Why" is the second single from the album The Rise. The music video features DJ Sammy in a room with a mixboard that he uses to create three holographic women that sing the song.

Formats and track listing[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single-releases of "Why".[5]

USA CD single
  1. "Why" (Radio Edit) – 4:00
  2. "Why" (Candlelight Mix) – 4:25
  3. "Why" (Extended Mix) – 6:44
  4. "Why" (Phunk Investigation Remix) – 5:55
  5. "Why" (Breeze & Styles Remix) – 6:17
  6. "Why" (DJ Sammy's Extended Mix) – 7:10
  7. "Why" (Parker & Hanson Remix) – 7:58
  8. "Why" (Andrew McCensit Remix) – 7:58
  9. "Why" (Phunk Investigation Dub) – 9:21
Germany CD single
  1. "Why" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Why" (Sammy Extended)
  3. "Why" (Parker & Hanson Remix)
  4. "Cheba"
Australia CD single
  1. "Why" (Radio Edit)
  2. "Why" (Club Mix)
  3. "Why" (Sammy's Extended Mix)
  4. "Why" (Parker & Hanson Mix)
UK CD single
  1. "Why" (Radio Edit) – 3:28
  2. "Why" (Club Mix) – 6:43
  3. "Why" (Breeze & Styles Remix) – 6:19
  4. "Why" (Phunk Investigation Remix) – 5:55
  5. "Why" (Parker & Hanson Mix) – 8:46
  6. "Why" music video


Chart (2005) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[6] 29
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 64
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[9] 7

Other versions[edit]

The song was interpreted by Amii Stewart and Dee Dee Bridgewater on the 1994 Italian song festival. In 2001, Neal Schon performed an instrumental version on the album Voice. The song was also covered by Kelly Clarkson, live on her 2005 Hazel Eyes Tour. This song has also been covered by Keith Caputo on Died Laughing Pure. In March 2008 the song was covered by Italian singer Silvia Aprile on X-Factor Italy stage. The studio version of Aprile's cover was later included in the Italian X-Factor compilation. In August 2009, the song was covered by David Rose. Also, the song was covered in September 2009 by European singer Lara Fabian on her new album "Every Woman In Me" and by Canadian artist Allison Crowe on her 2010 album Spiral. It was also covered live in January 2010 by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Annie Clark of St. Vincent at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. At Christmas season 2010 it was covered by Patrice Pike in a live recording Sudden Light: Christmas at the Carillon with Conspirare (Craig Hella Johnson and Company of Voices). In July 2011, the song was covered by singer/songwriter Kevin Caffrey.[10] Ukrainian singer Ani Lorak covered the song in May 2012. The song was also covered in the Finale of The Voice and was released on iTunes in June 2013 by contestant Michelle Chamuel.


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