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"Candle in the Wind 1997"
Single by Elton John
A-side "Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
"Candle in the Wind 1997"
B-side "You Can Make History (Young Again)"
Released 13 September 1997 (1997-09-13) (UK)
23 September 1997 (1997-09-23) (U.S.)
Format CD, 7"
Recorded September 1997
Genre Pop
Length 3:59 ("Something About the Way You Look Tonight")
4:11 ("Candle in the Wind 1997")
Label Rocket Records (UK)
A&M (US/Canada)
Writer(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin (re-written)
Producer George Martin
Certification 11x platinum (RIAA)
Elton John singles chronology
"Live Like Horses"
(1996)
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997"
(1997)
"Recover Your Soul"
(1998)

"Candle in the Wind 1997" is a remake of his own 1973 hit "Candle in the Wind" by Sir Elton John that was released as a tribute single to Diana, Princess of Wales. With over 37 million copies sold, it is the best-selling single of all time.[1] On release in September 1997, the song peaked at number one in the UK, becoming John's fourth number one single, and in most other countries worldwide, also becoming the first song in history to reach the top in each of the four major countries in the music industry: United States, Japan, United Kingdom, and Germany.

The lyrics of the earlier version of "Candle in the Wind," written by Bernie Taupin, were a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. The opening lines of the 1973 version, "Goodbye Norma Jean, though I never knew you at all," were adapted to "Goodbye England's rose, may you ever grow in our hearts." In fact, most of the lyrics were adapted to suit the circumstances of Diana's life and death, but a notable and poignantly ironic omission was the line, "Even when you died, the press still hounded you..."

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Song information

On 31 August 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris, France. The news immediately shocked Elton John, as he and the Princess had been very good friends: he had also lost another good friend, the fashion designer Gianni Versace, earlier in the summer, and had attended his funeral with Diana.

As a result of these deaths, John sank into a deep depression, and considered not going to the funeral due to the emotional trauma. In the end, he decided to attend after receiving support from other friends. Following the recovery, John decided he wanted to pay a tribute to Diana: with that in mind, he contacted his veteran writing partner, Bernie Taupin. Due to the confusion created by a message John left on Taupin's answering machine in which he asked Taupin to write a lyric similar to "Candle in the Wind", Taupin rewrote that song. George Martin was contacted to help produce the song, and added a string quartet, (Peter Manning, Keith Pascoe, Levine Andrade and Andrew Shulman), and woodwind (Pippa Davies, flute) to help balance the recording.

John sang "Candle in the Wind 1997" in public, for the only time, at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, in Westminster Abbey on 6 September 1997. Though he continues to perform the original 1973 version of the song at his concerts, John has repeatedly turned down requests to perform the 1997 version. He refused even when asked to do so for the memorial Concert for Diana in July 2007, having vowed never to perform it again unless asked by Diana's sons. The song has never been released (or re-released) on any of his other albums or compilations, not even on the 1997 Diana Princess of Wales: Tribute album (an official 2-CD release sanctioned by Princess Diana's family that included other artists such as Celine Dion and Rod Stewart).

Chart performance

Candle in the Wind was expected to debut high on the charts, partly due to its tribute to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales; but its actual results were record breaking. Released on 13 September 1997, it became the fastest-selling single in the UK, selling 658,000 copies in its first day of release, and over 1.5 million copies in its first week.[2] The single would remain at number one for 5 weeks. All in all, it eventually sold 4.86 million copies in the UK, overtaking the 13-year-old record held by Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?". It has been certified as the best-selling single of all time in the UK.[3]

The chart success in the United States was quite similar.[4] Release on 22 September 1997, Candle in the Wind debuted at number one, with first week sales at a staggering 3.5 million copies.[2] As a result, the album/single stayed at the top of the charts for 14 consecutive weeks, a record for a male solo artist. The single was later certified diamond for shipments of over 11 million copies in the United States[5], and became the best-selling single worldwide, with estimated worldwide sales totaling over 35 million copies.[2] Candle in the Wind is also the only single in the United States to be certified diamond.[2]

The single's success was also seen in most countries around the world. In Canada, the single spent three years in the top 20, with 45 non-consecutive weeks at the top spot.[2] However, the song's unusual chart performance in Canada has also been explained as a structural factor; due to the relative lack of CD singles available for sale in Canadian stores. In some weeks the song was able to chart on sales of less than 100 copies across the entire country.

As a testament to the single's success, it is estimated that at the peak of sales, almost six copies of the single were sold across the world per second.[2] All artist and composer royalties and record company profits were donated to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.[2]

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Comprehensive charts

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart 1
Belgian Flanders Ultratop 50 Singles Chart 1
Belgian Wallonia Ultratop 40 Singles Chart 1
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Dutch Top 40 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
Finnish Singles Chart 1
French SNEP Singles Chart 1
German Singles Chart 1
Italian FIMI Singles Chart 1
Japanese Oricon Singles Chart[6] 1
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 1
Norwegian VG-lista Singles Chart 1
Swiss Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 21
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 221
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 381

1 "Candle in the Wind"

Sales certifications

Country Certification Sales
certified
United States Platinum11 11× Platinum 11000000 11,000,000
United Kingdom Platinum09 9× Platinum 05400000 5,400,000
Germany Platinum09 9× Platinum 04500000 4,500,000
France Diamond 02000000 2,000,000
Canada Diamond 01000000 1,000,000
Australia Platinum14 14× Platinum 00980000 980,000
Japan Platinum02 2× Platinum 00630000 630,000
Spain Platinum09 9× Platinum 00450000 450,000
Switzerland Platinum09 9× Platinum 00450000 450,000
Netherlands Platinum06 6× Platinum 00300000 300,000
Austria Platinum06 6× Platinum 00180000 180,000
New Zealand Platinum15 15× Platinum 00150000 150,000
Brazil Platinum 00125000 125,000
Mexico Gold 00100000 100,000
Norway Platinum08 8× Platinum 00080000 80,000
Finland Platinum05 5× Platinum 00054225 54,225

Trivia

  • The song is listed at #41 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.[7]

See also

References

  1. ^ Guinness Book of Records 2007 states that "Candle in the Wind 1997" is the biggest selling single "since records began". Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" was covered and has had countless different versions performed of it, sales of which were not included. John's 1997 song has sold the most copies as verified in Guinness World Records. ISBN 1-904994-11-3.  
  2. ^ a b c d e f g http://www.pophistorydig.com/?tag=candle-in-the-wind
  3. ^ UK Top 10 Best Selling Singles ukcharts.20m.com
  4. ^ - RIAA Newsroom. The American Recording Industry Announces its Artists of the Century “Candle In The Wind 1997,” soon surpassed Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” to become the best-selling single of all time.
  5. ^ http://riaa.org/goldandplatinumdata.php?table=SEARCH_RESULTS
  6. ^ エルトン・ジョン-リリース-ORICON STYLE ミュージック
  7. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs (50-41)". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/specials/hot100/charts/top100-titles-50.shtml. Retrieved 2008-10-04.  
Achievements
Preceded by
"Do They Know It's Christmas" by Band Aid
UK best-selling single in history
1997 - present
Incumbent
Preceded by
"We Are the World" by USA for Africa
U.S. Billboard best-selling single in history
1998 - present
Preceded by
"Macarena" by Los Del Río
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Single of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
"Too Close" by Next
Preceded by
"Killing Me Softly With His Song" by Fugees
UK Singles Chart Single of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
"Believe" by Cher
Preceded by
"Men in Black" by Will Smith
German Singles Chart number-one single
12 September 1997 - 31 October 1997 (seven weeks)
Succeeded by
"Barbie Girl" by Aqua
French SNEP Singles Chart number-one single
13 September 1997 - 18 October 1997 (six weeks)
Succeeded by
"Savoir aimer" by Florent Pagny
Preceded by
"The Drugs Don't Work" by The Verve
UK Singles Chart number-one single
14 September 1997 - 19 October 1997 (five weeks)
Succeeded by
"Spice Up Your Life" by Spice Girls
Preceded by
"Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
20 September 1997 - 18 October 1997 (five weeks)
Succeeded by
"Barbie Girl" by Aqua
Preceded by
"I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112
Belgian Flanders Ultratop 50 number-one single
20 September 1997 - 1 November 1997 (seven weeks)
Preceded by
"Men in Black" by Will Smith
Belgian Wallonia Ultratop 40 number-one single
20 September 1997 - 25 October 1997 (six weeks)
Swiss Singles Chart number-one single (first run)
21 September 1997 - 23 November 1997 (ten weeks)
Preceded by
"Barbie Girl" by Aqua
Swiss Singles Chart number-one single (second run)
11 January 1998 (one week)
Succeeded by
"It's Like That" by Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins
Swedish Singles Chart number-one single
26 September 1997 - 7 November 1997 (seven weeks)
Succeeded by
"Burnin'" by Cue
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
27 September 1997 - 25 October 1997 (five weeks)
Succeeded by
"Alane" by Wes
Preceded by
"I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112
Austrian Singles Chart number-one single
27 September 1997 - 25 October 1997 (eighteen weeks)
Succeeded by
"Breathe" by Midge Ure
Italian FIMI Singles Chart number-one single (first run)
4 October 1997 - 23 November 1997 (eight weeks)
Preceded by
"Breathe" by Midge Ure
Italian FIMI Singles Chart number-one single (second run)
13 December 1997 - 20 December 1997 (two weeks)
Italian FIMI Singles Chart number-one single (third run)
11 January 1998 - 28 January 1997 (four weeks)
Succeeded by
"All Around the World" by Oasis
Preceded by
"All Around the World" by Oasis
Italian FIMI Singles Chart number-one single (fourth run)
26 February 1998 (one week)
Succeeded by
"My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion
Preceded by
"I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles number-one single
4 October 1997 - 8 November 1997 (six weeks)
Succeeded by
"Barbie Girl" by Aqua
Preceded by
"Men in Black" by Will Smith
Australia ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
5 October 1997 – 9 November 1997 (six weeks)
Preceded by
"Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart number-one single
5 October 1997 – 9 November 1997 (six weeks)
Succeeded by
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by N-Trance
Preceded by
"Tanoshiku Tanoshiku Yasashikune" by Tomomi Kahala
Japanese Oricon Weekly Chart number-one single
6 October 1997 - 19 October 1997 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Liar! Liar!" by B'z
Preceded by
"Honey" by Mariah Carey
Japanese Oricon International Chart number-one single
6 October 1997 - 24 November 1997 (eight weeks)
Succeeded by
"Be the Man" by Celine Dion
Preceded by
"4 Seasons of Loneliness" by Boyz II Men
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 number one single
11 October 1997 - 10 January 1998 (fourteen weeks)
Succeeded by
"Truly Madly Deeply" by Savage Garden
Preceded by
"Foolish Games" by Jewel
U.S. ARC Weekly Top 40 number one single
11 October 1997 (one week)
Succeeded by
"Foolish Games" by Jewel

"Candle in the Wind 1997"
File:Something About the Way You Look Tonight & Candle in the Wind
Single by Elton John
A-side "Something About the Way You Look Tonight"
"Candle in the Wind 1997"
B-side "You Can Make History (Young Again)"
Released 13 September 1997 (1997-09-13) (UK)
23 September 1997 (1997-09-23) (US)
Format CD, 7"
Recorded September 1997
Genre Pop, Ballad
Length 3:59 ("Something About the Way You Look Tonight")
4:11 ("Candle in the Wind 1997")
Label Rocket Records (UK)
A&M (US/Canada)
Writer(s) Elton John, Bernie Taupin (re-written)
Producer George Martin
Certification 11x platinum (RIAA)
Elton John singles chronology

"Live Like Horses"
(1996)
"Something About the Way You Look Tonight" / "Candle in the Wind 1997"
(1997)
"Recover Your Soul"
(1998)

"Candle in the Wind 1997" is a remake of his own 1973 hit "Candle in the Wind" by Elton John that was released as a tribute single to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, with certified sales it is "the best-selling single of all time."[1] The Guinness Book of World Records 2009 states that the song is "the biggest-selling single since UK and US singles charts began in the 1950s, having accumulated worldwide sales of 33 million copies," and is furthermore the second best-selling single worldwide of all time.[2][3] On release in September 1997, "Candle in the Wind 1997" entered number one in the UK, becoming John's 4th UK number one single. In October it became John's 9th U.S. number one single where it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for fourteen weeks, topped the German Singles Chart for seven weeks, the Australian ARIA Chart for six weeks, and became the first song in history (and only to date) to reach the top in each of the five major countries in the music industry; the US, Japan, UK, France and Germany.[citation needed]

The lyrics of the earlier version of "Candle in the Wind," written by Bernie Taupin, were a tribute to Marilyn Monroe. The opening lines of the 1973 version, "Goodbye Norma Jeane, though I never knew you at all," were adapted to "Goodbye England's rose, may you ever grow in our hearts." In fact, most of the lyrics were adapted to suit the circumstances of Diana's life and death, but a notable and poignantly ironic omission was the line, "Even when you died, the press still hounded you..." which was replaced with the lyric, "Even though we try, the truth brings us to tears..."

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Background

On 31 August 1997, Diana, Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris, France. The news immediately shocked Elton John, as he and the Princess had been very good friends: he had also lost another good friend, the fashion designer Gianni Versace, earlier in the summer, and had attended his funeral with Diana.

As a result of these deaths, John sank into a deep depression, and considered not going to the funeral due to the emotional trauma.[citation needed] In the end, he decided to attend after receiving support from other friends. Following the recovery, John decided he wanted to pay a tribute to Diana: with that in mind, he contacted his veteran writing partner, Bernie Taupin. Due to the confusion created by a message John left on Taupin's answering machine in which he asked Taupin to write a lyric similar to "Candle in the Wind", Taupin rewrote that song.[citation needed] George Martin was contacted to help produce the song, and added a string quartet, (Peter Manning, Keith Pascoe, Levine Andrade and Andrew Shulman), and woodwind (Pippa Davies, flute) to help balance the recording.

John publicly performed "Candle in the Wind 1997" only once, at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in Westminster Abbey on 6 September 1997. Though he continues to sing the original 1973 version of the song at his concerts, John has repeatedly turned down requests to perform the 1997 version. He refused even when asked to do so for the memorial Concert for Diana in July 2007, having vowed never to perform it again unless asked by Diana's sons.[4] The song has never been released (or re-released) on any of his other albums or compilations, not even on the 1997 Diana Princess of Wales: Tribute album (an official 2-CD release sanctioned by Diana's family that included other artists such as Celine Dion and Rod Stewart).

Chart performance

"Candle in the Wind" was expected to debut high on the charts, partly due to its tribute to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. It became the fastest-selling single in the UK, selling 658,000 copies in its first day of release, and over 1.5 million copies in its first week.[4] The single remained at number one for 5 weeks, and it eventually sold 4.86 million copies in the UK, overtaking the 13-year-old record held by Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?". It has been certified as the best-selling single of all time in the UK.[5]

The chart success in the United States was similar.[1] Released on 22 September 1997, "Candle in the Wind" debuted at number one, with first week sales at 3.5 million copies.[4] The album/single stayed at the top of the charts for 14 consecutive weeks, a record for a male solo artist. The single sold over 11 million copies in the United States. In terms of certified sales it went on to become "the best-selling single of all time."[1] while according to estimations from other sources it is the second best-selling single worldwide of all time, with estimated worldwide sales totaling 33 million copies.[3]

There has been some confusion and considerable debate on whether John's record is or is not the best-selling single in the world, due to varying reports on total sales for "Candle in the Wind 1997," as well as a lack of information on sales for the record's main contender for the number-one spot, Bing Crosby's recording of "White Christmas," because Crosby's recording was released before the advent of the modern-day US and UK singles charts. However, after careful research, Guinness World Records in 2007 concluded that, worldwide, Crosby's recording of "White Christmas" has, in their estimation, sold at least 50 million copies, and that John's recording of "Candle in the Wind" has sold 33 million, making Crosby's recording the best-selling single of all time.[2] However, an update in the 2009 edition of the book decided to further help settle the controversy amicably by naming both John's and Crosby's songs to be "winners" by stating that John's recording is the "best-selling single since UK and US singles charts began in the 1950s," while maintaining that "the best-selling single of all time was released before the first pop charts," and that this distinction belongs to "White Christmas," which it says "was listed as the world's best-selling single in the first-ever Guinness Book of Records (published in 1955) and - remarkably - still retains the title more than 50 years later."[3]

In Canada, "Candle in the Wind 1997" spent three years in the top 20, with 45 non-consecutive weeks at the top spot.[4] However, the song's unusual chart performance in Canada has also been explained as a structural factor; due to the relative lack of CD singles available for sale in Canadian stores, in some weeks the song was able to chart on sales of less than 100 copies across the entire country.[citation needed]

In Germany, the song is the 8th best selling pop hymn ever [6].

It is estimated that at the peak of sales, almost six copies of the single were sold per second.[4] In the UK, the single grabbed the number one slot on the first day of its release, with more than 650,000 copies sold in 24 hours, becoming the fastest-selling record of all time in the UK charts.[7] All artist and composer royalties and record company profits were donated to the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund.[4]

Weekly charts

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 1
Austrian Singles Chart 1
Belgian Flanders Ultratop 50 Singles Chart 1
Belgian Wallonia Ultratop 40 Singles Chart 1
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Dutch Top 40 1
Finnish Singles Chart 1
French SNEP Singles Chart 1
German Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
Italian FIMI Singles Chart 1
Japanese Oricon Singles Chart[8] 1
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 1
Norwegian VG-lista Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 1
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 1
US Billboard Hot 100 1

End of year charts

Chart (1997) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 1
Chart (1998) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[10] 8

Certifications

Country Certification
Australia (ARIA)[11] Platinum14 14× Platinum
Austria (IFPI)[12] Platinum06 6× Platinum
Brazil (ABPD) Platinum
Canada (CRIA) Diamond
Finland Platinum05 5× Platinum
France (SNEP)[13] Diamond
Germany (BVMI)[14] Platinum09 9× Platinum
Japan Platinum02 2× Platinum
Mexico (AMPROFON} Gold
Netherlands (NVPI)[15] Platinum06 6× Platinum
New Zealand (RIANZ) Platinum15 15× Platinum
Norway Platinum08 8× Platinum
Spain (PROMUSICAE) Platinum09 9× Platinum
Switzerland (IFPI)[16] Platinum09 9× Platinum
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Platinum09 9× Platinum
United States (RIAA)[18] Platinum11 11× Platinum (Diamond)

Trivia

  • The song is listed at number 41 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.[19]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "RIAA News Room - The American Recording Industry Announces its Artists of the Century - Nov 10, 1999". Recording Industry Association of America website. RIAA. 1999-11-10. http://www.riaa.com/newsitem.php?resultpage=2&id=3abf3ec8-ef5b-58f9-e949-3b57f5e313df. Retrieved 2010-02-08. "'Candle In The Wind 1997' soon surpassed Bing Crosby’s 'White Christmas' to become the best-selling single of all time."  (certified sales)
  2. ^ a b Guinness Book of Records, 2007 Edition, page 187.[1]
  3. ^ a b c Guinness Book of Records 2009 states that "Candle in the Wind 1997" is the "best-selling single since charts began"; however, not of all time. Bing Crosby's "White Christmas" is still recognized as the best selling single of all time, but since it was released prior to the start of many charts, its sales prior to the 1950s are estimated. John's 1997 song has sold the most copies when looking at copies sold since charts began, as verified in Guinness World Records. ISBN 1-904994-37-7.  See also: Guinness Book of Records, 2009 Edition, pages 14, 15 & 169 [2]
  4. ^ a b c d e f Doyle, Jack (2008-04-26 (updated 2008-05-12)). "Candle in the Wind, 1973 & 1997". PopHistoryDig.com. http://www.pophistorydig.com/?tag=candle-in-the-wind. Retrieved 2010-02-08. 
  5. ^ UK Top 10 Best Selling Singles ukcharts.20m.com
  6. ^ http://www.rtl.de/cms/unterhaltung/tv-programm/show/die-ultimative-chartshow/ergebnis_pophymnen.html
  7. ^ Entertainment BBC | Entertainment: Elton's candle burns in Canada BBC News "In the UK the song, which Sir Elton performed at the Diana's funeral on 6 September 1997, became the fastest-selling record of all time"
  8. ^ エルトン・ジョン-リリース-ORICON STYLE ミュージック
  9. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1997". http://longboredsurfer.com/charts.php?year=1997. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". http://longboredsurfer.com/charts.php?year=1998. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  11. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 1997 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  12. ^ "IFPI Austria - Verband der Österreichischen Musikwirtschaft: Gold & Platin" (in German). Enter "Candle In The Wind" in "Titel" field, then click on "Suchen". IFPI Austria. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  13. ^ "Disque en France: Les certifications" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  14. ^ "Gold/Platin-Datenbank" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  15. ^ Search page "NVPI, de branchevereniging van de entertainmentindustrie - Goud/Platina" (in Dutch). Select "Single" from "Type" and enter "Candle in the Wind" in "Titel" field, then click on "zoek". NVPI.
  16. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  17. ^ "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  18. ^ "Gold & Platinum Database Search Results". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2010-06-28.
  19. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs (50-41)". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/specials/hot100/charts/top100-titles-50.shtml. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
Achievements
Preceded by
"Do They Know It's Christmas" by Band Aid
UK best-selling single in history
1997 – present
Incumbent
Preceded by
"We Are the World" by USA for Africa
US Billboard best-selling single in history
1998 – present
Preceded by
"Macarena" by Los Del Río
US Billboard Hot 100 Single of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
"Too Close" by Next
Preceded by
"Killing Me Softly With His Song" by Fugees
UK Singles Chart Single of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
"Believe" by Cher
Preceded by
"Men in Black" by Will Smith
German Singles Chart number-one single
12 September 1997 – 31 October 1997 (seven weeks)
Succeeded by
"Barbie Girl" by Aqua
French SNEP Singles Chart number-one single
13 September 1997 – 18 October 1997 (six weeks)
Succeeded by
"Savoir aimer" by Florent Pagny
Preceded by
"The Drugs Don't Work" by The Verve
UK Singles Chart number-one single
14 September 1997 – 19 October 1997 (five weeks)
Succeeded by
"Spice Up Your Life" by Spice Girls
Preceded by
"Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
20 September 1997 – 18 October 1997 (five weeks)
Succeeded by
"Barbie Girl" by Aqua
Preceded by
"I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112
Belgian Flanders Ultratop 50 number-one single
20 September 1997 – 1 November 1997 (seven weeks)
Preceded by
"Men in Black" by Will Smith
Belgian Wallonia Ultratop 40 number-one single
20 September 1997 – 25 October 1997 (six weeks)
Swiss Singles Chart number-one single (first run)
21 September 1997 – 23 November 1997 (ten weeks)
Preceded by
"Barbie Girl" by Aqua
Swiss Singles Chart number-one single (second run)
11 January 1998 (one week)
Succeeded by
"It's Like That" by Run-D.M.C. vs. Jason Nevins
Swedish Singles Chart number-one single
26 September 1997 – 7 November 1997 (seven weeks)
Succeeded by
"Burnin'" by Cue
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
27 September 1997 – 25 October 1997 (five weeks)
Succeeded by
"Alane" by Wes
Preceded by
"I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112
Austrian Singles Chart number-one single
27 September 1997 – 31 January 1998 (eighteen weeks)
Succeeded by
"Breathe" by Midge Ure
Italian FIMI Singles Chart number-one single (first run)
4 October 1997 – 23 November 1997 (eight weeks)
Preceded by
"Breathe" by Midge Ure
Italian FIMI Singles Chart number-one single (second run)
13 December 1997 – 20 December 1997 (two weeks)
Italian FIMI Singles Chart number-one single (third run)
11 January 1998 – 28 January 1997 (four weeks)
Succeeded by
"All Around the World" by Oasis
Preceded by
"All Around the World" by Oasis
Italian FIMI Singles Chart number-one single (fourth run)
26 February 1998 (one week)
Succeeded by
"My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion
Preceded by
"I'll Be Missing You" by Puff Daddy and Faith Evans featuring 112
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles number-one single
4 October 1997 – 8 November 1997 (six weeks)
Succeeded by
"Barbie Girl" by Aqua
Preceded by
"Men in Black" by Will Smith
Australia ARIA Singles Chart number-one single
5 October 1997 – 9 November 1997 (six weeks)
Preceded by
"Tubthumping" by Chumbawamba
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart number-one single
5 October 1997 – 9 November 1997 (six weeks)
Succeeded by
"Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by N-Trance
Preceded by
"Tanoshiku Tanoshiku Yasashikune" by Tomomi Kahala
Japanese Oricon Weekly Chart number-one single
6 October 1997 – 19 October 1997 (two weeks)
Succeeded by
"Liar! Liar!" by B'z
Preceded by
"Honey" by Mariah Carey
Japanese Oricon International Chart number-one single
6 October 1997 – 24 November 1997 (eight weeks)
Succeeded by
"Be the Man" by Celine Dion
Preceded by
"4 Seasons of Loneliness" by Boyz II Men
US Billboard Hot 100 number one single
11 October 1997 – 10 January 1998 (fourteen weeks)
Succeeded by
"Truly Madly Deeply (song)" by Savage Garden


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