Wind of Change (Scorpions song)

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"Wind of Change"
Wind of change2.jpg
Single cover
Single by Scorpions
from the album Crazy World
B-side"Tease Me Please Me"
ReleasedJanuary 1991
Recorded1990; Wisseloord Studios
(Hilversum, Netherlands)
Goodnight LA Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
GenreHard rock
Length5:10 (album version)
3:44 (radio edit)
Songwriter(s)Klaus Meine
Scorpions singles chronology
"Don't Believe Her"
"Wind of Change"
"Send Me an Angel"
Music video
"Wind Of Change" on YouTube

"Wind of Change" is a power ballad by the German rock band Scorpions, recorded for their eleventh studio album, Crazy World (1990). The song was composed and written by the band's lead singer Klaus Meine and produced by Keith Olsen and the band. It was released as the album's third single in January 1991 and became a worldwide hit, just after the failed coup that would eventually lead to the collapse of the Soviet Union. The song topped the charts in Germany and across Europe and peaked at number four in the United States on August 31, 1991 and number two in the United Kingdom. It later appeared on the band's 1995 live album Live Bites, their 2000 album with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Moment of Glory, and on their 2001 unplugged album Acoustica. With estimated sales of 14 million copies sold worldwide, "Wind of Change" is one of the best-selling singles of all time.[1] It holds the record for the best-selling single by a German artist.

The band presented a gold record and $70,000 of royalties from the single to Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991.[2] As of April 2019, the video for "Wind of Change" has been viewed more than 680 million times on YouTube.

Background and writing[edit]

The lyrics celebrate glasnost in the Soviet Union, the end of the Cold War, and speaks of hope at a time when tense conditions had arisen due to the fall of Communist-run governments among Eastern Bloc nations beginning in 1989.[3]

The Scorpions were inspired to write the song after performing at the Moscow Music Peace Festival in August 1989,[3] and the opening lines refer to the city's landmarks:

I follow the Moskva
Down to Gorky Park
Listening to the wind of change

The Moskva is the name of the river that runs through Moscow (both the city and the river are named identically in Russian), and Gorky Park is an urban park in Moscow named after the writer Maxim Gorky.

The song also contains a reference to the balalaika, which is a Russian stringed instrument somewhat like a guitar. The balalaika is mentioned in the following lines:

Let your balalaika sing
What my guitar wants to say


"Wind of Change" opens with a clean guitar intro played by Matthias Jabs, which is played alongside Klaus Meine's flat whistle. The song's guitar solo is played by Rudolf Schenker.[citation needed]

Other versions[edit]

The band also recorded a Russian-language version of the song, under the title "Ветер перемен" ("Veter Peremen")[4] [5] [6] and a Spanish version called "Vientos de Cambio".


In 2005, viewers of the German television network ZDF chose this song as the song of the century.[3]

Track listings[edit]

Charts and sales[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SCORPIONS: WIND OF CHANGE Der Wende-Hit". Hamburger Abendblatt. Retrieved August 23, 2016. Von Jana-Sophie Brasseler 02.10.09
  2. ^ Bregestovski, Anton (December 15, 1991). "Rock group meet Gorbachev". UPI. Retrieved February 3, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c Bienstalk, Richard Scorpions' 'Wind of Change': The Oral History of 1990's Epic Power Ballad Rolling Stone. September 4, 2015
  4. ^ The wind of change_Russian version
  5. ^ The wind of change_Russian version
  6. ^ فيديو ويند أوف شينج لسكوربيون (النسخة الروسية)
  7. ^ Wind Of Change (US 7-inch single liner notes). Scorpions. Mercury Records. 1990. 868 180-7.CS1 maint: others (link)
  8. ^ Wind Of Change (Canadian 7-inch Single liner notes). Scorpions. Mercury Records. 1990. 868 180-7.CS1 maint: others (link)
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  10. ^ " – Scorpions – Wind of Change" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  11. ^ " – Scorpions – Wind of Change" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
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  13. ^ "Top 10 Denmark" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  14. ^ " – Scorpions – Wind of Change" (in French). Les classement single.
  15. ^ " – Scorpions Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  16. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
  17. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Scorpions" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  18. ^ " – Scorpions – Wind of Change". Top 40 Singles.
  19. ^ " – Scorpions – Wind of Change". VG-lista.
  20. ^ Archiwum Listy Przebojów Programu Trzeciego [1] (Retrieved November 16, 2014)
  21. ^ " – Scorpions – Wind of Change". Singles Top 100.
  22. ^ " – Scorpions – Wind of Change". Swiss Singles Chart.
  23. ^ "Scorpions: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  24. ^ "Scorpions Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  25. ^ "Scorpions Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  26. ^ "Scorpions Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved November 16, 2018.
  27. ^ 1991 Australian Singles Chart (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  28. ^ 1991 Austrian Singles Chart (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
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  31. ^ "Single top 100 over 1991" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved April 13, 2010.
  32. ^ 1991 Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  33. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 1991". Archived from the original on July 7, 2009. Retrieved September 15, 2009.
  34. ^ ARIA
  35. ^ Austrian certifications Archived July 1, 2013, at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  36. ^ French certifications Archived July 13, 2012, at WebCite (Retrieved April 20, 2008)
  37. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank ('Wind+of+Change')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved April 20, 2008.
  38. ^ UK certifications (Retrieved August 8, 2008)
  39. ^ US certifications Archived September 2, 2008, at WebCite (Retrieved April 20, 2008)

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