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"Up Where We Belong"
Single by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes
from the album An Officer and a Gentleman Original Soundtrack
B-side Sweet Lil' Woman (Joe Cocker)
Released 1982
Format CD, Casette
Recorded 1982
Genre Pop
Length 3:58
Label Island Records
Writer(s) Jack Nitzsche
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Will Jennings

"Up Where We Belong" is a song from the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman. Written by Jack Nitzsche and Buffy Sainte-Marie, with lyrics by Will Jennings, it was performed by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes.

Charts and awards

The single, released by Island Records in 1982[1], became a number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on November 6, 1982 and kept the position for three weeks, also reaching number 7 in the UK, where the film was less popular.

"Up Where We Belong" won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1983. It also won the BAFTA Film Awards for Best Original Song in 1984. Cocker and Warnes also won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal in 1983 for their rendition of this song.

The song's composer, Buffy Sainte-Marie, did a cover of the song for her album Up Where We Belong[2] and the TV special of the same name. [3]

Producer Don Simpson unsuccessfully demanded "Up Where We Belong" to be cut from An Officer and a Gentleman, saying, "The song is no good. It isn't a hit." [4]


The song was part of the An Officer and a Gentleman Original Soundtrack, and was later released as part of The Best of Joe Cocker (1993).

In 1991, it was re-released as a Jennifer Warnes CD-single alongside "First We Take Manhattan" and "(I've Had) The Time of My Life".[1]

The song also featured in the TV advertising campaign for Rover's 200 Series range on its launch in 1989.


Preceded by
"Who Can It Be Now?" by Men at Work
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
November 6, 1982- November 27, 1982
Succeeded by
"Truly" by Lionel Richie
Preceded by
"Gloria" by Laura Branigan
Australian Kent Music Report number-one single
March 28, 1983 - April 4, 1983
Succeeded by
"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson
Preceded by
"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from Arthur
Academy Award for Best Original Song
Succeeded by
"Flashdance... What a Feeling" from Flashdance


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