Wishful Sinful

"Wishful Sinful" is a song by American rock band the Doors. It was written by Doors guitarist Robby Krieger and released in March 1969 from the band's fourth album, The Soft Parade. "Wishful Sinful" follows the general theme of the album by incorporating elements of classical music. In the US, it reached No. 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April, 1969.[1]

"Wishful Sinful"
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Single cover in Denmark, where it reached #3
Single by the Doors
from the album The Soft Parade
B-side"Who Scared You"
ReleasedMarch 1969
Format7" single
Recorded26 July, 20-21 November 1968
StudioElektra Sound West, West Hollywood, California
GenrePsychedelic rock
Songwriter(s)Robby Krieger
Producer(s)Paul A. Rothchild
The Doors singles chronology
"Touch Me"
"Wishful Sinful"
"Tell All the People"

The Doors FAQ author Rich Weldman describes "Wishful Sinful" as a "crooning Frank Sinatra–type ballad."[2] The music incorporates string instruments and an English horn solo.[3][4] The Doors: The Illustrated History author Gillian G. Gaar describes the lyrics as being "romantic."[3] According to Krieger, he "tried to get in the subconscious mind" with the lyrics to the song.[2] On the other hand, Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek interpreted the song as just being about "love and sex."[2]

Ultimate Classic Rock critic Nick DeRiso described "Wishful Sinful" as being "entangled in gauzy classical themes," expressing surprise that it nearly made the Top 40 despite that.[5] Fellow Ultimate Classic Rock critic Eduardo Rivadavia ranked it as Krieger's 5th best Doors song.[6] Rivadavia claimed that it came closest of any song on Soft Parade "to capturing the Doors’ vision for densely orchestrated chamber-rock," because the hooks in the refrain work well with both the "ornate" symphonic arrangement and the Doors' own rock music instruments.[6] Allmusic critic Richie Unterberger described it as an "uncharacteristically wistful" tune that was "not all that good, and not sung very convincingly by [Jim] Morrison."[7]

The single peaked at No. 3 in Denmark and stayed in the Top 10 for a month.[8]


The B-side of the single - "Who Scared You" - is one of only three non-album B-sides that the Doors released during their career. The other two are "(You Need Meat) Don't Go No Further" and "Treetrunk".[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The Doors Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard.com. 2019. Archived from the original on May 7, 2018. Retrieved August 23, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Weldman, Rich (2011). The Doors FAQ. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781617131141.
  3. ^ a b Gaar, Gillian, G. (2015). The Doors: The Illustrated History. Voyageur Press. p. 79. ISBN 9781627887052.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Everett, Walter (2008). The Foundations of Rock: From "Blue Suede Shoes" to "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes". Oxford University Press. p. 95. ISBN 9780199718702.
  5. ^ DeRiso, Nick (July 18, 2016). "50 Years Ago: The Doors Stumble Through the Experimental 'The Soft Parade'". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  6. ^ a b Rivadavia, Eduardo (January 8, 2016). "Top 10 Robby Krieger Doors Songs". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  7. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "The Soft Parade". Allmusic. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  8. ^ "Wishful Sinful : The Doors". Danskehitlister.dk. Retrieved 2016-10-02.