Another Day in Paradise

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"Another Day in Paradise"
Phil Collins AnotherDayInParadise.jpg
Single by Phil Collins
from the album ...But Seriously
Released23 October 1989 (UK)[1]
Format
Recorded1989
GenreSoft rock
Length
  • 4:47 (single version)
  • 5:22 (album version)
Label
Songwriter(s)Phil Collins
Producer(s)
Phil Collins singles chronology
"Two Hearts"
(1988)
"Another Day in Paradise"
(1989)
"I Wish It Would Rain Down"
(1990)
Audio sample

"Another Day in Paradise" is a song recorded by English drummer and singer-songwriter Phil Collins. Produced by Collins along with Hugh Padgham, it was released as the first single from his number-one album ...But Seriously (1989). As with his song for Genesis, "Man on the Corner", the track has as its subject the problem of homelessness;[2] as such, the song was a substantial departure from the dance-pop music of his previous album, No Jacket Required (1985).

Collins sings the song from a third-person perspective, as he observes a man crossing the street to ignore a homeless woman, and he implores listeners not to turn a blind eye to homelessness because, by drawing a religious allusion, "it's just another day for you and me in paradise". Collins also appeals directly to God by singing: "Oh Lord, is there nothing more anybody can do? Oh Lord, there must be something you can say."

The song was Collins' seventh and final Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single, the last No. 1 single of the 1980s and the first No. 1 single of the 1990s. It was also a worldwide success, eventually becoming one of the most successful songs of his solo career. It won Collins and Padgham the Grammy Award for Record of the Year at the 1991 awards ceremony, while it was also nominated for Song of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male and Best Music Video, Short Form. "Another Day in Paradise" also won an award for British Single at the 1990 Brit Awards. Despite the awards gained following its release, the song also generated some controversy over its subject matter and has received a largely negative reaction from music critics.

Collins and David Crosby's live performance of the song at the 1991 Grammy Awards was released on the 1994 album Grammy's Greatest Moments Volume I.[3] In 2009, Collins's version was listed at 86th on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time.[4] "Another Day in Paradise" has since been covered by several artists, including Brandy, her brother Ray J, Jam Tronik, Axxis, Novecento, and Hank Marvin.

Chart performance[edit]

The song was another massive hit for Collins. On 23 December 1989, it became his seventh (and to date, final) No. 1 single in the U.S.[2] The song was also the final No. 1 song of the 1980s in the U.S., and remained at No. 1 for four weeks, which classifies the song as a hit from the 1990s as well. This song is notable for keeping Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" from reaching No. 1. It also saw out the 1980s and saw in the 1990s at the top of the German singles chart. The song had already reached No. 2 in the UK in November of that year. The single version is slightly different from the album version in that it uses a shorter intro. David Crosby also provided backing vocals.

Reception[edit]

Music historian Colin Larkin wrote that "Another Day in Paradise" had been widely criticised.[5] Collins addressed the criticism from the English rock press at the time of its release, who found him unqualified to sing about the poor due to his wealth, by saying: "When I drive down the street, I see the same things everyone else sees. It's a misconception that if you have a lot of money you're somehow out of touch with reality."[6]

Singer-songwriter and political activist Billy Bragg was scathing of the song in an interview in 2000, drawing a contrast between Collins and a band he admired, the Clash, stating: "Phil Collins might write a song about the homeless, but if he doesn't have the action to go with it he's just exploiting that for a subject."[7] In 2003, Andrew Collins described the song as a "bland redress" for the subject of homelessness in the New Statesman.[8] Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian dismissed the track in 2007 as "a song that addressed the issue of homelessness with the same insight as Sporty Spice's 'If That Were Me'".[9] Writing for the BBC in 2010, David Sheppard described the song's lyrics as "cringe-worthy" and gave it as an example of Collins "painting the bull's-eye on his own forehead" when it came to his negative status with music critics.[10]

Writing for MSN in 2013, Hugh Wilson contrasted Collins's concern for the homeless in the song with his concern as a multimillionaire at the prospect of the UK's election of a tax-raising socialist government. Referring to Collins's statement that he would consider leaving the UK with the election of a Labour government, Wilson noted that the song led to "accusations of hypocrisy" because Collins had "bemoaned the plight of the homeless" in it. Wilson also said Collins became "an easy target when future elections came round".[11]

Formats and track listings[edit]

12" single

  1. "Another Day in Paradise" (album version) – 5:22
  2. "Another Day in Paradise" (radio edit) – 4:04

CD maxi single

  1. "Another Day in Paradise" – 5:15
  2. "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" – 1:25
  3. "Heat on the Street" – 3:59

7" single

  1. "Another Day in Paradise" – 4:48
  2. "Heat on the Street" – 3:59

3" CD single

  1. "Another Day In Paradise" 5:19
  2. "Saturday Night and Sunday Morning" 1:26
  3. "Heat on the Street" 4:00

Virgin - VSCD1233 (Martin H)

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Jam Tronik version[edit]

"Another Day in Paradise"
Jam tronik-another day in paradise.jpg
Single by Jam Tronik
B-side"Get on the Raze"
Released1990
FormatCD
Recorded1990
Genre
Length4:50
LabelVirgin
Songwriter(s)Phil Collins
Producer(s)Charlie Glas

Less than six months after the release of the original Phil Collins version, a cover version by dance act Jam Tronik was released in the UK. In April 1990, it peaked at number 19 on the UK Singles Chart. Sampled in this version is the drum loop from the 1988 Raze song "Break 4 Love".

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1990) Peak
position
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[53] 30
Germany (Official German Charts)[54] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[55] 19

Brandy and Ray J version[edit]

"Another Day in Paradise"
BrandyfeatRayJAnotherDayInParadiseCDSingleCover.jpg
Single by Brandy and Ray J
from the album Urban Renewal
Released17 March 2001 (Europe)
Format
Recorded2000
Genre
Length4:32
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)Phil Collins
Producer(s)Guy Roche
Brandy singles chronology
"Never Say Never"
(2000)
"Another Day in Paradise"
(2001)
"What About Us?"
(2002)
Ray J singles chronology
"That's Why I Lie"
(1998)
"Another Day In Paradise"
(2001)
"Wait a Minute"
(2001)

In 2001, siblings Brandy and Ray J covered the song for the Phil Collins tribute album Urban Renewal. Produced by Guy Roche and released as the album's lead single, the cover version became a top ten success in Austria, Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Norway, Ireland, the Netherlands, and the UK, receiving gold certifications in Australia (35,000), France (250,000), Germany (250,000) and Switzerland (20,000). In 2002, this version of the song was included on the European edition of Brandy's Full Moon album.

Formats and track listings[edit]

CD maxi single

  1. "Another Day in Paradise" (R&B-Version) – 4:32
  2. "Another Day in Paradise" (Stargate Mix) – 4:19
  3. "Another Day in Paradise" (Stargate Classic Club) – 4:22
  4. "Another Day in Paradise" (Knee Deep Remix) – 6:28
  5. "Another Day in Paradise" (Black Legend VS. J-Reverse Club Mix) – 7:54

CD single

  1. "Another Day in Paradise" (R&B-Version) – 4:32
  2. "Another Day in Paradise" (Stargate Mix) – 4:19

The Remixes - 12" maxi

  1. "Another Day in Paradise" (Knee Deep Remix) – 6:28
  2. "Another Day in Paradise" (Black Legend vs. J-Reverse Club Mix) – 7:54

Credits and personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[84] Gold 35,000*
France (SNEP)[85] Gold 250,000*
Germany (BVMI)[86] Gold 250,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[87] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[88] Silver 200,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Other covers[edit]

See also[edit]

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