|Single by Christopher Cross|
|from the album Christopher Cross|
|Released||June 15, 1980|
|Christopher Cross singles chronology|
"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 USA, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on August 30, 1980, where it stayed for one week. 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. VH1 named "Sailing" the most "softsational soft rock" song of all time.
The song was recorded in 1979, utilizing the 3M Digital Recording System, making it one of the first digitally recorded songs to chart. 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. The song was later identified as an archetype of the genre that later became known as yacht rock; Cross and similar artists referred to the style as the West Coast sound at the time.
Since its debut, "Sailing" has been covered by artists including Avant, Barry Manilow (on his 2007 album The Greatest Songs of the Seventies), Greenskeepers, NSYNC (on their 1997 album 'N Sync), Phajja, Patrick Yandall, and the duo of Moya Brennan & Cormac de Barra.
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||46|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||38|
|Canadian Adult Contemporary (RPM)||1|
|Canadian Top Singles (RPM)||1|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||18|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||8|
|UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)||48|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||1|
|U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary||10|