John Denver

Annie's Song

    Description by Robert Cummings

    "Annie's Song" was one of John Denver's most acclaimed songs. The popular American singer, an amateur pilot, was killed at the age of 53 in a plane crash on October 12, 1997. While his career had been fading, he was nevertheless still a major artist. This song evidences his talents both as a singer and songwriter. Ironically, this song is as popular today in instrumental arrangements as it is in vocal ones. The melody to "Annie's Song" has a charming folk-ish quality, conveying a mixture of passion in its effusive outpourings of love and sweetly melancholy character, a character reminiscent of that in many English, Scottish, and Irish folk songs of the nineteenth century. The melody alternates phrases ending with a bright, mostly upward close, with a generally downward trajectory. While there is a sense of repetition in the constant presence of the melody and its accompanying material, it never tires the ear because of its exuberance and almost magical sense of freshness. Fans of popular as well as folk music will find this an attractive song.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2011 Decca 2732796
    2011 Decca 5336426
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon 2894779235
    2010 Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 Decca 2732796
    2009 Decca 707806
    2009 Decca 001292502
    2009 Universal Music
    2009 Universal Distribution 2725775
    2006 RCA Red Seal 82876803182
    2004 David Morris
    2004 Universal Distribution 4762995
    2004 Deutsche Grammophon B000302402
    2002 Music Pizzazz / Music Pizzazz LLC 1005
    2002 RCA Victor / RCA 63950
    2001 Bandboy / Bandleader 16
    2001 Columbia / Sony Music Distribution 5024652000
    2000 EMI Music Distribution 545441
    1995 Instrumental 1832
    1993 RCA 74321133852
    1991 RCA Victor 60747
    1991 RCA Gold Seal GD 60747
    1988 SCL / Sony Music Distribution 44701
    1988 CBS Records / Sony Classical 42520
    1983 CBS Masterworks 37243
    1982 RCA Red Seal 25163
    Reader's Digest Music 137-C
    CBS Records 44701
    Revere 914
    Sony Music Distribution 48299
    Reader's Digest Music 095