Change the World


Change the World
"Change the World"
Single by Eric Clapton
from the album Phenomenon soundtrack
Released July 1996
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:57 (LP Version)
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Tommy Sims/Gordon Kennedy/Wayne Kirkpatrick
Producer Babyface
Eric Clapton singles chronology
"Motherless Children"
(1994)
"Change the World"
(1996)
"My Father's Eyes"
(1998)
This article is about the Eric Clapton song. For other uses, see Change the World (disambiguation).

"Change the World" is a song written by Tommy Sims, Gordon Kennedy and Wayne Kirkpatrick which was recorded by Eric Clapton with backing by Babyface for the soundtrack of the 1996 film Phenomenon. The song won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year (for the songwriters), as well as Best Male Pop Vocal performance. The song was chosen by the RIAA as one of the Songs of the Century, ranked at #270.

The single peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the summer of 1996. It also spent 13 weeks at #1 on the adult contemporary chart and remained on that chart for over a year and a half (80 weeks), a feat which was extraordinarily rare at the time.[1] Since then, however, certain songs have remained on the AC chart for extended periods of time, prompting the eventual creation af an Adult Contemporary recurrent chart for songs that have stayed on the chart for many weeks and fallen below a certain threshold.

Although "Change the World" is better known as an unplugged acoustic track, a rare electric performance of the song was featured on Babyface's 1997 live album Babyface MTV Unplugged NYC, with Clapton on co-lead vocals, playing his namesake signature Fender Stratocaster guitar. There was also another electric cover of this track, released the following year, with Nathan East on electric bass.

In the song, the performer expresses his desire to communicate his love to an unnamed woman. This love, he fears, will go unrequited without a drastic change in his life.

Previous to the release of Clapton's hit version, the song was recorded by country superstar Wynonna Judd for her album Revelations, released in February 1996. Wynonna, however, did not release her version as a single despite the popularity of Clapton's.

Contents

Track listing

European CD Single

  1. "Change the World" (LP Version) (3:57)
  2. "Danny Boy" (Non-LP Track) (4:14)
  3. "Change the World" (Instrumental) (3:57)

Charts

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 8
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 75)[3] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 40 Wallonia)[4] 27
Canadian Top Singles (RPM)[5] 1
Canadian Adult Contemporary (RPM)[6] 1
France (SNEP)[7] 7
Germany (Media Control AG)[8] 30
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[9] 24
New Zealand (RIANZ)[10] 3
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 15
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 22
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[13] 18
US Billboard Hot 100[14] 5
US Adult Pop Songs (Billboard)[15] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[16] 54
End of year chart (1996) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[17] 19
End of year chart (1997) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[18] 67

Cover versions

In 1997, saxophonist Alto Reed covered the song from his debut album "Cool Breeze."[19]

The group Fourte! from the Philippines also covered this song on their TV guest spots. In 2002, saxophonist Gerald Albright covered the song off the album "Groovology."[20][21]

In 2004 the song was covered by British musical theatre icon, Elaine Paige as part of the new recordings on her "best of" album, entitled Centre Stage.

Remixed eurodance versions of the song have appeared on the Dancemania series albums, including the 2000 compilation Dancemania SPEED 4 where an uptempo eurodance remix of the song by CJ Crew and Blueman is listed.

References

  1. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  2. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Eric Clapton – Change the World". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Hung Medien.
  3. ^ "Eric Clapton – Change the World Austriancharts.at" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Hung Medien.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – Eric Clapton – Change the World" (in French). Ultratop 40. Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch.
  5. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks" (PHP). RPM 63 (25). August 5, 1996. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.8487&type=2&interval=20&PHPSESSID=m89iq841abagb37ld9c0fdc1f3. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ "RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks" (PHP). RPM 63 (24). July 29, 1996. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.3042&type=2&interval=20&PHPSESSID=m89iq841abagb37ld9c0fdc1f3. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – Eric Clapton – Change the World" (in French). Les classement single. Hung Medien.
  8. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche - musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Eric Clapton – Change the World" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100. Hung Medien / hitparade.ch.
  10. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Eric Clapton – Change the World". Top 40 Singles. Hung Medien.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Eric Clapton – Change the World". VG-lista. Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Eric Clapton – Change the World". Singles Top 60. Hung Medien.
  13. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. The Official Charts Company.
  14. ^ "Eric Clapton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Eric Clapton. Prometheus Global Media.
  15. ^ "Eric Clapton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Pop Songs for Eric Clapton. Prometheus Global Media.
  16. ^ "Eric Clapton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Eric Clapton. Prometheus Global Media.
  17. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1996". http://longboredsurfer.com/charts.php?year=1996. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  18. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". http://longboredsurfer.com/charts.php?year=1997. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  19. ^ "Cool Breeze overview". Allmusic.com. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r329469. 
  20. ^ "Groovology overview". Allmusic.com. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r592123. 
  21. ^ "Gerald Albright - Groovology". Smooth-jazz.de. http://www.smooth-jazz.de/Chris/Groovology.htm. 
Preceded by
"Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
August 10 - November 2, 1996
Succeeded by
"It's All Coming Back to Me Now" by Celine Dion

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