|"Living in America"|
|Single by James Brown|
|from the album Rocky IV and Gravity|
|B-side||"Farewell" by Vince DiCola|
|Length||5:56 (full version), 4:41 (single version)|
|Writer(s)||Dan Hartman, Charlie Midnight|
"Living in America" is a 1985 song performed by James Brown. It was prominently featured in the film Rocky IV. In the film, Brown sings the song before Apollo Creed enters the boxing ring, in reference to the character's patriotism.
"Living in America" was released as a single in 1985 and reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also became a top five hit for Brown in the United Kingdom, peaking at number five on the UK Singles Chart; this was his only top 10 single in the UK. It appeared on the Rocky IV soundtrack album. The full version of the song (nearly six minutes long) was also included on Brown's 1986 album, Gravity, and on various compilations throughout the 1990s.
In 1986, "Living in America" was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, and James Brown won a Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. The vocal version by writer Dan Hartman is included on his Greatest Hits album "Keep The Fire Burnin'".
"Weird Al" Yankovic parodied "Living in America" on his 1986 album Polka Party! in a song entitled "Living with a Hernia", describing various kinds of hernias where Brown originally listed several American cities.
Paul Shanklin also parodied "Living in America" on his 1999 album "Bill Clinton: The Comeback Kid Tour" in a song entitled "Sneaking in America", as a reference to illegal immigration to America.
The song was also parodied in TV advertisements for the TV series Daisy Does America, substituting the show's title for the song's.