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Sailing (Christopher Cross song)

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Christopher Cross - Sailing (single).jpg
Single by Christopher Cross
from the album Christopher Cross
B-side"Poor Shirley"
ReleasedJune 15, 1980
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)Christopher Cross
Producer(s)Michael Omartian
Christopher Cross singles chronology
"Ride Like the Wind"
"Never Be the Same"
Audio sample

"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.[3][4] 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.[5] VH1 named "Sailing" the most "softsational soft rock" song of all time.[6]

The song was recorded in 1979, utilizing the 3M Digital Recording System, making it one of the first digitally recorded songs to chart.[7] 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.[8] The song was later identified as an archetype of the style that later became known as yacht rock[9] (Cross and similar artists referred to the style as the West Coast sound at the time).[10]


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.[11] Glasscock functioned as a surrogate older brother during a tough time for Cross emotionally.[12] 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 five million copies of "Sailing."[12]



Chart (1980–81) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report) 46
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[13] 38
Canadian Adult Contemporary (RPM) 1
Canadian Top Singles (RPM)[14] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 21
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[16] 18
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 8
Spain (AFYVE)[18] 24
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 48
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[4] 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 10

Year-end charts

Chart (1980) Rank
Canada Top Singles[19] 24
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 32

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[21] (on their 1997 album 'N Sync), George Benson, Phajja, Patrick Yandall, and the duo of Moya Brennan, Cormac de Barra & Rodney Franklin.[22] Cross performed the song with NSYNC at the 1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards.

The song was sampled in the Puff Daddy song "Best Friend", from his 1999 album Forever.

The song was also sampled in The 1975's song "Bagsy Not in Net", from their 2020 album Notes on a Conditional Form.

Film and television appearances

See also


  1. ^ Lecaro, Lina (November 19, 2016). "This Monthly Club Is a Non-Ironic Celebration of Rock's Softer Side". LA Weekly.
  2. ^ D., Spence; Linder, Brian. "Top 10 Yacht Rock Songs of All Time". IGN. IGN Entertainment, Inc. Archived from the original on June 14, 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2010). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (rev. and expanded 9th ed.). New York: Billboard Books. pp. 162, 889. ISBN 9780823085545.
  4. ^ a b Sailing - Chart History Billboard. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Best New Artists Who Also Won Album Of The Year". 11 January 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  6. ^ VH1′s 40 Most Softsational Soft-Rock Songs,
  7. ^ 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"
  8. ^ Video on YouTube
  9. ^ Kamp, Jon (October 11, 2015). "Can You Sail to It? Then It Must Be 'Yacht Rock'". The Wall Street Journal.
  10. ^ Cross, Christopher (February 22, 2014). "Hall & Oates Are Genuine Rock Stars in My Book". The Huffington Post.
  11. ^ Tady, Scott. "Ride like the wind to see Christopher Cross in Warrendale". The Times. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  12. ^ a b "Transportation News" (PDF). May 2006. Retrieved April 25, 2021.
  13. ^ " – Christopher Cross – Sailing" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  14. ^ "100 Singles" (PDF). RPM. 11 October 1980. Retrieved 8 June 2020.
  15. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 6, 2011.
  16. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Christopher Cross" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  17. ^ " – Christopher Cross – Sailing". Top 40 Singles.
  18. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  19. ^ "Top 100 Singles (1980)". RPM. Archived from the original on 2016-04-25. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
  20. ^ "Pop Singles" Billboard December 20, 1980: TIA-10
  21. ^ "Sailing". YouTube. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  22. ^ "Sailing". YouTube. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  23. ^ "Christopher Cross - IMDb"., Inc. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  24. ^ "Flushed Away (2006) - IMDb". Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  25. ^ ""Family Guy" Finders Keepers (TV Episode 2013) - IMDb". Retrieved 25 April 2021.

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