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Ride Like the Wind
"Ride Like the Wind"
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Single by Christopher Cross
from the album Christopher Cross
"Minstrel Gigolo"
Released February 15, 1980
Format 7" single
Recorded 1979
Genre Soft rock

4:30 (Album Version)

3:56 (Single Version)
Label Warner Bros. Records
Christopher Cross
Michael Omartian
Christopher Cross singles chronology
"Ride Like the Wind"

"Ride Like the Wind"

"Ride Like the Wind" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Christopher Cross. It was released in February 1980 as the lead single from his Grammy-winning self-titled debut album. It reached number 2 on the US charts for four consecutive weeks, behind Blondie's "Call Me". On the album's inner sleeve, Christopher Cross dedicated this song to Lowell George, formerly of the band Little Feat, who had died in 1979. It features backing vocals by Michael McDonald and a guitar solo by Cross.


The song tells the story of a condemned criminal on the run to Mexico. Told from a first-person point of view, it describes how an outlaw and convicted multiple murderer, on the run from a death-by-hanging sentence, has to "ride like the wind" to reach "the border of Mexico," where, presumably, the posse apparently in pursuit of him will not be able to reach him.

Cross was on acid when he wrote the lyrics. "We were living in Houston at the time, and on the way down to Austin to record the songs, it was just a beautiful Texas day. I took acid. So I wrote the words on the way down from Houston to Austin."[1]

In 1999, the satirical newspaper The Onion published a story with the headline, "Christopher Cross Finally Reaches Mexican Border";[2] the headline was a reference to the song, and the three-sentence story made several specific allusions to the lyrics. Cross appreciated the honor.[1]

Chart history

East Side Beat version

"Ride Like the Wind"
Single by East Side Beat
Released November 29, 1991
Format 7" single, CD
Recorded 1991
Genre Dance, house
Length various
Label FFRR Records
Christopher Cross
Dave Seaman, Phil Kelsey
East Side Beat singles chronology
"Ride Like the Wind"
"Alive and Kicking"

"Ride Like the Wind"
"Alive and Kicking"

In 1991, Italian dance music group East Side Beat remixed "Ride Like the Wind" in a style typical of early 1990s dance music. There are five remixes in total. Two versions are found on the 7" single and an additional three are on the CD single. The Factory Edit was included in FFRR Records' "Only for the Headstrong" compilation album released in 1992.[6]


7" single
  1. "Ride Like the Wind" (Factory Edit) - 3:58
  2. "Ride Like the Wind" (Subway Mix) - 4:09
CD single
  1. "Ride Like the Wind" (Factory Edit) - 3:58
  2. "Ride Like the Wind" (Factory Mix) - 5:51
  3. "Ride Like the Wind" (piano version) - 5:32
  4. "Ride Like the Wind" (Oceanic Remix) - 5:22
  5. "Ride Like the Wind" (Subway Mix) - 4:00


Chart (1991-1992) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[7] 29
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 4
France (SNEP)[9] 12
Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 24
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 6
Spain (AFYVE)[13] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 23
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 3

Laurent Wery version

"Ride Like the Wind"
Single by Laurent Wéry featuring Joss Mendosah
Released March 30, 2013
Format Digital download
Recorded 2012
Genre Dance, house
Length 2:53
Label La Musique du Beau Monde
Christopher Cross
Laurent Wéry
Laurent Wéry singles chronology
"I'm Going In"
"Ride Like the Wind"
"Up 2 the Sky"

"I'm Going In"
"Ride Like the Wind"
"Up 2 the Sky"

Belgian DJ Laurent Wéry released a cover version of the song, which features vocals from Joss Mendosah. The song was produced by Laurent Wery. It was released in Belgium as a digital download on March 30, 2013. The song peaked at number 26 in Belgium.

Music video

A music video to accompany the release of "Ride Like the Wind" was first released on YouTube on April 8, 2013 at a total length of two minutes and fifty-four seconds.[16]

Track listing

Digital download
1."Ride Like the Wind" (Original Extended) (feat. Joss Mendosah)4:38
2."Ride Like the Wind" (Original Radio Mix) (feat. Joss Mendosah)2:53

Chart performance

Chart (2013) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[17] 26

Release history

Region Date Format Label
Belgium March 30, 2013[18] Digital download La Musique du Beau Monde

See also

Break Like the Wind, a 1992 album by the semi-fictional band Spinal Tap.


  1. ^ a b Prato, Greg (2014). "Interview: Christopher Cross, Songwriter". Songfacts, LLC. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "Christopher Cross Finally Reaches Mexican Border". The Onion. February 10, 1999. Retrieved 2013.
  3. ^ "Charts.nz - Christopher Cross - Ride Like the Wind". Top 40 Singles.
  4. ^ "Top 100 Singles (1980)". RPM. Archived from the original on 2016-04-25. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "Pop Singles" Billboard December 20, 1980: TIA-10
  6. ^ "Various - Only For The Headstrong". Discogs.com. 2014-11-22. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "Austriancharts.at - East Side Beat - Ride Like the Wind" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be - East Side Beat - Ride Like the Wind" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  9. ^ "Lescharts.com - East Side Beat - Ride Like the Wind" (in French). Les classement single.
  10. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de - East Side Beat - Ride Like the Wind". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "The Irish Charts - Search Results - Ride Like the Wind". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  12. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 - week 5, 1992" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  13. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959-2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com - East Side Beat - Ride Like the Wind". Swiss Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved September 24, 2018.
  16. ^ Laurent Wery feat. Joss Mendosah - Ride Like the Wind (Official Video). YouTube
  17. ^ "Ultratop.be - Laurent Wery feat. Joss Mendosah - Ride Like The Wind" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  18. ^ iTunes - Music - Ride Like the Wind (feat. Joss Mendosah) - Single by Laurent Wery

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