Believe (Elton John song)


"Believe" is a 1994 song recorded by Elton John. It was the first single from his album Made in England and was released on 20 February 1995. Several versions of the single were released, featuring B-sides such as "Circle of Life" from The Lion King and live versions of tracks including "The One", "The Last Song", "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" and "Believe", which were recorded at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

"Believe"
Single by Elton John
from the album Made in England
B-side
Released20 February 1995 (1995-02-20)
Recorded1994
Genre
Length4:51
LabelRocket
Composer(s)Elton John
Lyricist(s)Bernie Taupin
Producer(s)
  • Elton John
  • Greg Penny
Elton John singles chronology
"Circle of Life"
(1994)
"Believe"
(1995)
"Made in England"
(1995)
Music video
"Believe" on YouTube

"Believe" was a chart success. It reached number one in Iceland, Italy and Canada, becoming John's eighteenth number-one single in the latter country (see Elton John singles discography). In the United States, "Believe" became John's fifteenth number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart[1] and peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100; it gave him his third straight top-twenty single in the US. In Europe, it was a top-twenty hit in France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the Wallonia region of Belgium.

The music video for the song was entirely in black-and-white and shot in London, featuring shots of the title screen in the beginning and end of the video.

Critical reception


Music Week gave the song four out of five, describing it as "a fab, pompous and brooding "I believe in love" stomper. Thankfully, he's ditched the frothy pop for a quite majestic song that would no doubt get an approving nod from a certain Freddie Mercury."[2] Editor Alan Jones stated that "Believe" "is clearly destined to be massive. The big ballad, cleverly marketed over two CD singles, augers well for his upcoming album Made In England."[3]

Music video


In the black and white music video for "Believe", directed by Marcus Nispel, Elton John travels around the world in a zeppelin close to the roofs of New York City and London in the middle of one day. Some behind the scenes footage for the video was used for the 1996 documentary Elton John: Tantrums & Tiaras.

Track listings


7-inch

  1. "Believe" - 4:51
  2. "The One" (live) - 6:32

Europe CD maxi

  1. "Believe" — 4:51
  2. "Believe" (live) — 4:43
  3. "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word" (live) — 3:52

US CD maxi

  1. "Believe" — 4:51
  2. "The One" (live) — 6:32
  3. "Believe" (live) — 4:43

Personnel


Charts


Accolades


Year Nominee / work Award Result
1996"Believe"Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance[31]Nominated

References


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