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Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)

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"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)"
Christopher Cross - Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do) (single).jpg
Single by Christopher Cross
from the album Arthur – The Album
B-side"Minstrel Gigolo"
ReleasedAugust 14, 1981
GenreSoft rock
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Christopher Cross, Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Peter Allen[1]
Producer(s)Michael Omartian
Christopher Cross singles chronology
"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)"
"All Right"

"Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" is a song performed and co-written by American singer-songwriter Christopher Cross, which was the main theme for the 1981 film Arthur starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli. The song won the Oscar for Best Original Song in 1981.[1] In the US, it reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and on the Hot Adult Contemporary charts during October 1981, remaining at the top on the Hot 100 for three consecutive weeks. Overseas, it also went to number one on the VG-lista chart in Norway and was a top-ten hit in several other countries. The song became the second and last American number-one hit by Christopher Cross.[2] It was included as a bonus track only on the CD and cassette versions of his second album, Another Page, released in 1983.

The B-side of the record, "Minstrel Gigolo", was the same song used on the back of Cross's debut single, "Ride Like the Wind".

Indie pop band Fitz and the Tantrums recorded a cover of this song for the soundtrack to the 2011 remake of the film.


The song was written in collaboration between Cross, pop music composer Burt Bacharach, and Bacharach's frequent writing partner and then-wife Carole Bayer Sager. A fourth writing credit went to Minnelli's ex-husband, Australian songwriter Peter Allen,[1] a frequent collaborator with Bayer Sager. The line in the chorus "When you get caught between the moon and New York City" was taken from an unreleased song written by Allen and Bayer Sager.[3] Allen came up with the line while his plane was in a holding pattern during a night arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport.[4]

The song won the 1981 Academy Award for Best Original Song[1] and Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.[5] In 2004 it finished at #79 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of the top tunes in American cinema. In 2008, Barry Manilow released a cover version for his The Greatest Songs of the Eighties album.

Music video

The music video consists of two acts, which are edited together in fade outs. In one, Christopher Cross performs the song with musicians in a recording studio, and the other is the story the song illustrates.[6]


Charts and certifications

This page was last edited on 9 September 2022, at 19:12
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