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"Life" is a popular song recorded by the British pop and soul singer Des'ree. It was the third single from her third album, Supernatural, and was released on 8 June 1998. This song remains Des'ree's biggest hit, peaking at number one in Austria, Hungary, Malawi, Italy, the Netherlands and for the R&B charts in the UK. "Life" is also the theme song for the Japanese drama To Heart.

"Life"
Life (Des'ree song).jpg
Single by Des'ree
from the album Supernatural
B-side"Open Mind"
Released8 June 1998
FormatCD single, CD maxi, 12" maxi
Recorded1998
GenreSoul, pop
Length3:28
LabelS2
Songwriter(s)Prince Sampson
Des'ree Weekes
Producer(s)Prince Sampson
Des'ree Weekes
Des'ree singles chronology
"Fire"
(1998)
"Life"
(1998)
"What's Your Sign?"
(1998)
Audio sample
Des'ree – "Life"

Contents

Lyrics and music videoEdit

Taking an "innocuous tone", this playful song mixes "stories about superstitions, phobias and travels around the world". The melody is "upbeat and jubilant".[1] However, the banal lyrics and simplistic rhymes have been widely derided, with the song winning the "worst ever pop lyric" in a BBC poll,[2] particularly for the verse:

I don't want to see a ghost
It's the sight that I fear most
I'd rather have a piece of toast
Watch the evening news

In the music video, the singer is sitting on the back seat of a black 1965 Oldsmobile F-85 Cutlass convertible, driven by a chauffeur. Des'ree is initially sheltered from the sun by a black umbrella, which then flies away. The car passes through sugar cane fields, apparently in Guyana. A crop duster flies overhead, but instead of spraying pesticide, it drops a lot of butterflies. The video was directed by Mike Lipscombe.

Track listingsEdit

CD single – UK
  1. "Life" (single version) – 3:28
  2. "Open Mind" – 4:19
CD maxi 1 – UK
  1. "Life" – 3:28
  2. "Open Mind" – 4:19
  3. "Get a Life" – 3:32
  4. "I'm Kissing You" – 4:52
CD maxi 2 – UK
  1. "Life" (long version) – 4:22
  2. "Life" (cosmack mix) – 4:25
  3. "Life" (cosmack extended mix) – 7:45
  4. "Life" (Brooklin funk R&B mix – no rap) – 5:00
CD maxi – Australia
  1. "Life" (single version) – 3:28
  2. "Open Mind" – 4:19
  3. "Get a Life" – 3:32
  4. "Life" (cosmack mix) – 4:25
  5. "Life" (cosmack extended mix) – 7:45
12" maxi – UK
  1. "Life" (long version) – 4:22
  2. "Life" (cosmack mix) – 4:25
  3. "Life" (cosmack extended mix) – 7:45
CD single – Promo
  1. "Life" (cosmack radio edit) – 3:09
  2. "Life" (special radio mix) – 3:12
  3. "Life" (Brooklyn funk R&B radio edit) – 3:52

Charts and certificationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 431 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  2. ^ "6 Music reveals worst pop lyrics in the world... ever!" (Press release). BBC 6 Music. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Life", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved 24 February 2008)
  4. ^ "Top 10 Hungary" (PDF). Music & Media. Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (NR. 285 Vikuna 13.8. - 20.8. 1998)" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved 24 February 2008)
  7. ^ Italian Singles Chart Hitparadeitalia.it (Retrieved 24 February 2008)
  8. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1998" (pdf) (in Dutch). Top40. Retrieved 20 April 2010.
  9. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  10. ^ "Life", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 21 August 2008)
  11. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". officialcharts.com.
  12. ^ 1998 Australian Singles Chart aria.com (Retrieved 22 August 2008)
  13. ^ 1998 Austrian Singles Chart Austriancharts.at Archived 8 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved 22 August 2008)
  14. ^ 1998 Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart Ultratop.be (Retrieved 22 August 2008)
  15. ^ 1998 French Singles Chart Ifop.com Archived 16 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved 22 August 2008)
  16. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  17. ^ 1998 Swiss Singles Chart Hitparade.ch Archived 12 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine (Retrieved 22 August 2008)
  18. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  19. ^ "Austrian single certifications – Des'ree – Life" (in German). IFPI Austria.
  20. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – singles 1998". Ultratop. Hung Medien.
  21. ^ "French single certifications – Des'ree – Life" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  22. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Des'ree; 'Life')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  23. ^ "Dutch single certifications – Des'ree – Life" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter Life in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  24. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden.
  25. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Des'ree; 'Life')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.

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