Sailing (Christopher Cross song)
|Single by Christopher Cross|
|from the album Christopher Cross|
|Released||June 15, 1980|
|Christopher Cross singles chronology|
"Sailing" is a 1980 soft rock song written and recorded by American artist Christopher Cross. It was released in June 1980 as the second single from his eponymous debut album (1979). The song was a success in the United States, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on August 30, 1980, where it stayed for one week. The song also won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Arrangement of the Year, and helped Cross win the Best New Artist award. VH1 named "Sailing" the most "softsational soft rock" song of all time.
The song was recorded in 1979, utilizing the 3M Digital Recording System, making it one of the first digitally recorded songs to chart. In his Grammy acceptance speech, Cross acknowledged "Sailing" as his favorite song on the album and that originally it was not meant to be a single. The song was later identified as an archetype of the style that later became known as yacht rock (Cross and similar artists referred to the style as the West Coast sound at the time).
Cross has said in interviews that the song's inspiration was his friendship with an older friend from his high school, Al Glasscock, who would take him sailing as a teenager, just to get away from the trials and tribulations of being a teenager. Glasscock functioned as a surrogate older brother during a tough time for Cross emotionally. Although Cross lost touch with Glasscock, The Howard Stern Show in April 1995 reunited Cross with Glasscock, after 28 years. Cross acknowledged on the show that his sailing trips with Glasscock had been the inspiration for the song. After that reunion, Cross sent Glasscock a copy of the platinum record he earned for selling more than 5 million copies of "Sailing."
- Christopher Cross – lead vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, background vocals, arrangements
- Andy Salmon – bass
- Victor Feldman — percussion
- Tommy Taylor – drums
- Michael Omartian – arrangements, acoustic piano
- Rob Meurer – arrangements, electric piano, synthesizer
Covers and samples
Since its debut, "Sailing" has been covered by artists including Avant, Lesley Gore, Barry Manilow (on his 2007 album The Greatest Songs of the Seventies), Greenskeepers, NSYNC  (on their 1997 album 'N Sync), George Benson, Phajja, Patrick Yandall, and the duo of Moya Brennan, Cormac de Barra & Rodney Franklin.
Film and television appearances
- In 1980, Cross' version was featured on WKRP in Cincinnati in season 3 episode 5, "Hotel Oceanview".
- The song was featured in a 2016 TV commercial for Hyundai.
- It was also featured in a brief scene in the 2006 film Flushed Away.
- The song was played in season 12 episode 1 of Family Guy: Finders Keepers, while Bruce and his lover windsurfed as the town took part in a treasure hunt.
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||46|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||38|
|Canadian Adult Contemporary (RPM)||1|
|Canadian Top Singles (RPM)||1|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||18|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||8|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||48|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||1|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary||10|
|Canada Top Singles||24|
|US Billboard Hot 100||32|
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- Jim McCullaugh (November 1, 1980), "Digital the Major Topic For N.Y. AES Parley", Billboard "The Christopher Cross LP, at number 32, uses the 3M digital technology"
- Video on YouTube
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- Sailing by *NSYNC on YouTube
- Sailing by Rodney Franklin-Topic on YouTube
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- Flushed Away (2006)-Soundtracks-IMDB
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- "Pop Singles" Billboard December 20, 1980: TIA-10