"I Can See Clearly Now" is a song originally recorded by Johnny Nash. It was a single from the album of the same name and achieved success in the United States and the United Kingdom when it was released in 1972, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was covered by many artists throughout the years, including a 1993 hit version by Jimmy Cliff, who re-recorded the song for the motion picture soundtrack of Cool Runnings, where it reached the top 20 at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Writing and recording
After Nash wrote and composed the original version, he recorded it in London with members of the Fabulous Five Inc., and produced it himself. Its arrangements and style are both heavily laced with reggae influences. Nash had collaborated with Bob Marley in the past, and his approach drew strongly from Marley's reggae style.
- 7" single
- "I Can See Clearly Now" - 2:44
- "How Good It Is" - 2:38
- 7" single
- "I Can See Clearly Now" - 2:44
- "Cupid" - 3:30
After making modest chart advances for a month, the RIAA-certified gold single unexpectedly took only two weeks to vault from No. 20 to No. 5 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 4, 1972, remaining atop this chart for four weeks, and also spent the same four weeks atop the adult contemporary chart.
Weekly singles charts
|UK Singles Chart
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100
Jimmy Cliff version
Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff recorded a cover of the song for the 1993 movie Cool Runnings. It was released as a single in 1993, reaching No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was Cliff's first single to make the Hot 100 in 25 years, and is his highest-charting single in the United States. The song reached number one in France, Iceland and New Zealand. The music video for this version was directed by Academy Award nominated film director, Scott Hamilton Kennedy.
Charts and certifications
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100
Sales and certifications
The song also appears in various other films, such as Grosse Pointe Blank, The Break-up, Thelma & Louise, Antz, Deep Blue Sea, Envy, Hitch, Igor, Shrek 2's "Far Far Away Idol," "Viktor Vogel - Commercial Man," and Jennifer's Body, as well in a 2009 advertisement for Lipton in the Middle East and Russia. It is also briefly sung by Cheech in the movie Up in Smoke.
It has also been covered by these artists:
- Grace VanderWaal Grace VanderWaal's new single "Clearly", a reinterpretation with the permission of Johnny Nash
- Funk, Inc. in 1973 on Hangin' Out
- Gladys Knight & the Pips in 1973 on Imagination
- Petula Clark (1974 Come On Home)
- Ray Charles (highest charting R&B version #35 in 1978)
- Hothouse Flowers in 1990 on Home (this version was a #23 hit in the UK Singles Chart in August 1990)
- Holly Cole Trio in 1993 on Don't Smoke in Bed
- Soul Asylum on After the Flood: Live from the Grand Forks Prom, June 28, 1997
- Neil Finn in 1998 to raise money for The Fred Hollows Foundation. Finn's version also played in the movie Antz, where Z and Bala find Insectopia.
- Dream Sequence in 1999, as "Clearly," an uptempo eurodance remix
- Anne Murray (1999 What A Wonderful World and 2001 reissue of There's a Hippo in My Tub)
- R&B guitarist Jonathan Butler recorded a cover from his 2010 album So Strong.
- Simone Dinnerstein & Tift Merritt on their 2013 album, Night
- Nancy Sinatra on Shifting Gears in 2013.
- Alex E
- Horace Andy
- Beat Crusaders
- Singers of musical Belles belles belles covered the Claude François' song
- Ken Boothe
- Doyle Bramhall
- Susan Cadogan
- Eagle-Eye Cherry for the romantic comedy Over Her Dead Body
- Rick Danko
- Elsa as "Éternité," another French version
- Even in Blackouts on The Fall of the House of Even
- Claude François as "Toi et le soleil," a French version
- Bobby Goldsboro
- Dobie Gray
- Lloyd Green
- Richie Havens
- Martin Kitcher (On the Best Of..)
- James Last
- Lorie - cover of the French Toi et le Soleil Claude François version
- Susie McEntire
- Kaitlyn Maher
- The Mamas & the Papas
- Liza Minnelli
- Marisa Monte
- Geoff Moore and the Distance
- Willie Nelson
- Donny Osmond
- Procol Harum in concert medleys
- Francis Rossi on One Step at a Time (Deluxe Edition only)
- Kermit Ruffins
- Screeching Weasel on My Brain Hurts and the soundtrack of Jennifer's Body
- Sonny and Cher
- Dusty Springfield (recording unissued and subsequently lost or destroyed)
- The Three Blind Mice during "Far Far Away Idol" in Shrek 2
- Toots & the Maytals
- Lee Towers
In November 2002, the song was featured prominently in "The Freak," an episode of the NBC police drama television series Boomtown.
In November 2016, a cover version of the song by the Hothouse Flowers was featured in the premiere episode of British Motoring show, The Grand Tour, causing the song to reach the number 1 position on the iTunes's Top 40 UK Rock Song chart in late 2016.
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