French single cover
|Single by Stevie Wonder|
|from the album Songs in the Key of Life|
|Length||7:08 (Album version)|
3:27 (Single edit)
|Stevie Wonder singles chronology|
"As" is a song written and performed by Stevie Wonder from his 1976 album, Songs in the Key of Life. It reached #36 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Black Singles chart. The song gets its name from the first word of the song.
The song implies that the love the singer has for his partner will never diminish, as he says that he will love her until the physically impossible becomes true. The impossible feats include: rainbows burning the stars out in the sky, oceans covering the tops of every mountain, dolphins flying, and parrots living at sea, dreaming of life and life becoming a dream, day becoming night and vice versa, trees and the seas flying away, 8×8×8 equaling 4, this day becoming the last day, the Earth turning right to left, the Earth denying itself (for the Sun), Mother Nature saying her work is through, and "until the day that you are me and I am you."
By the most straightforward interpretation of the lyrics, this is a lover serenading his beloved. By another possible interpretation, the lyrics describe endless unconditional love for the listener, sung on behalf of the Abrahamic god. In yet a third interpretation, the song expresses the lyricist's own love for humanity. The verse that begins with "We all know sometimes life's hates and troubles..." would seem to preclude the first interpretation, and the second interpretation would seem precluded by the lyric, "As today I know I'm living but tomorrow, Could make me the past but that I mustn't fear".
|US Billboard Hot 100||36|
|US Billboard Easy Listening||24|
|US Billboard R&B||36|
|Single by George Michael and Mary J. Blige|
|from the album Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael and Mary|
|"A Different Corner" (live at Parkinson)|
|Released||January 12, 1999|
|George Michael singles chronology|
|Mary J. Blige singles chronology|
In 1999, George Michael and Mary J. Blige covered the song for Michael's greatest hits album Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael (1998). Released outside the United States, "As" was the second single from the album, it became a top 10 hit in Michael's home country, reaching number four on the UK Singles Chart.
"As" was not released on the US version of Ladies & Gentlemen or as a single in the US. Michael cited Blige's record company president, Jay Boberg, for pulling the track after Michael's arrest for committing a lewd act in a public restroom. In 2019, Kirk Burrowes, who executive produced Blige's fourth album Mary, told Rated R&B that it was indeed Boberg's decision not to release "As" in the US: "[Boberg] did not want to let George Michael, who initiated that original production, use it as a single in the U.S. to launch his greatest hits album. It pissed everyone off at Sony. It pissed George Michael off. It pissed everyone off, but we couldn't make Jay Boberg bend. He should have put it on the Mary album, but we couldn't put it on the album in the states because he wouldn't let George Michael put it on the Ladies & Gentlemen [album] in the states."
The video features Michael getting out of a car and entering a club where many doppelgängers of himself and Blige are chilling out and having a drink. Towards the end of the video, most of the people are dancing on the dance floor.
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|Australian Singles Chart||45|
|Belgian Flanders Singles Chart||42|
|Belgian Wallonia Singles Chart||34|
|European Hot 100 Chart||12|
|Dutch Singles Chart||7|
|French Singles Chart||27|
|Germany (Official German Charts)||38|
|Hungarian Singles Chart||9|
|Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)||20|
|Irish Singles Chart||12|
|Italian Singles Chart)||8|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||21|
|Spanish Singles Chart||5|
|Swedish Singles Chart||27|
|Swiss Singles Chart||22|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||4|
|UK R&B (Official Charts Company)||2|
|US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||57|
Anthony Hamilton and Marsha Ambrosious make cameos in the 2013 film The Best Man Holiday, in which the singers appear as themselves and perform the song as an R&B ballad at a main character's funeral.
The original Stevie Wonder version was featured in The Best Man Holidays predecessor The Best Man in a more lighthearted scene.
In 2014 it was covered by American singer Camille for her Stevie Wonder tribute album I Sing Stevie: The Stevie Wonder Songbook, an album that received an Independent Music Awards nomination for Best Tribute Album.
Two dance-oriented versions of the song, both with the title "As Always", have reached the UK Singles Chart Top 75: one in 1989 produced by Farley Jackmaster Funk with Ricky Dillard on vocals; another in 1992 by Secret Life.