Jimmy Cliff

Wonderful World, Beautiful People

Composed by Jimmy Cliff

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Pop-rock-reggae at its most enjoyable, "Wonderful World, Beautiful People" is Jimmy Cliff at his crossover best. The song wonderfully epitomizes the era, a time when there was such hope for the future, but also a recognition of the serious problems facing the world; this was the height of the Vietnam War, of course. The melody is pure pop, as infectious as Ebola, but without the pain. The rhythm is reggae-fied, with the arrangement adding a soft rock twist, while Cliff belts out the lyrics. It's no wonder then that this song soared all the way to number six in the British charts, and pushed into the Top 25 in the U.S. A jam-filled singalong version features on the In Concert: The Best of Jimmy Cliff album.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Jimmy Cliff 1969 Universal Music 3:12
Wonderful World, Beautiful People 1970 A&M 3:15
The Harder They Come [Original Soundtrack] 1972 Hip-O / Hip-O/Island 3:15
No Image 1975 Island 3:09
In Concert: The Best of Jimmy Cliff 1976 Rhino / Warner Bros. 5:48
Trojan Explosion 1988
Various Artists
Trojan
Celebration: 25 Years of Trojan Records 1992
Various Artists
Trojan 3:15
No Image 1993 Lagoon Reggae
Soft Reggae [Alex] 1995
Various Artists
Alex 3:09
Sounds of the Sixties 1995
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 3:12
The Collection 1995 Columbia 3:10
Wonderful World [Dino] 1995
Various Artists
Peter Pan (ISP) 3:10
Trojan Singles Collection 1996
Various Artists
Trojan 3:08
No Image 1996
Various Artists
CSA Records
100% Reggae Originals, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Records Verlagsges
Ska [Fontana] 1996
Various Artists
Fontana / Sanctuary / Sanctuary Fontana 3:08
Carnival! 1996
Various Artists
Star Direct 3:09
Trojan Jungle, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Trojan
World of Reggae 1997
Various Artists
ZYX Music 3:08
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Wonderful World Beautiful People 1998
Various Artists
Recall (UK) 3:08
Higher and Higher 1998 Island Jamaica / Polydor 4:12
Reggae Groove 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:10
The In Crowd [Crimson] 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:08
Bikini.Com: More Summer Groovin' 1999
Various Artists
Madacy 3:44
Ultimate Collection 1999 Hip-O / Uptown/Universal 3:14
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Disky
Wanted 2000 Recall (UK) 3:13
Super Best 2000 Dealmakers 3:11
You Can Get It If You Really Want...The Best of Jimmy Cliff 2000 Music Club Records 3:12
Live and In the Studio 2000 Jamaican Vibes 6:04
The Messenger: Very Best of Reggae's Orginal Soul 2000 Metro / Metro 3:13
Reggae Hits [Disky] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 3:11
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Disky 3:11
The Woodstock Generation: Wonderful World Beautiful People 2001
Various Artists
Woodstock Records 3:11
Reggae Hits, Vol. 3 [St. Clair] 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 6:09
Totally Reggae: The Essential Reggae Album 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:07
East Is East 2001
Original Soundtrack
EMI Music Distribution 3:10
Best of Jimmy Cliff [EMI] 2001 EMI Music Distribution 3:08
One Hit Wonders: Hard Two Get Hits [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
One Hit 3:11
Cosmic Grooves: Leo 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:14
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 3:11
Simply the Best Reggae Album [2001] 2001
Various Artists
Import 3:08
Let Your Yeah Be Yeah: Reggae Hits 2002
Various Artists
One Stop 3:14
We All Are One: The Best of Jimmy Cliff 2002 BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
Massive Reggae [Time Music] 2002
Various Artists
Time Music 3:13
Reggae Pulse: The Heartbeat of Jamaica 2002
Various Artists
Silverline Records
Sunsplashin 2002
Various Artists
Madacy 3:13
Reggae on the River: 20th Anniversary Celebration 2003
Various Artists
EarthBeat 3:10
Island Reggae Classics: Jimmy Cliff 2003 Universal Distribution
Anthology 2003 Universal Distribution / Hip-O 3:14
Many Rivers to Cross: The Best of Jimmy Cliff 2003 Trojan 3:11
Singles 2003 BR Music 3:13
Muzik City: The Story of Trojan 2003
Various Artists
Sanctuary 3:12
Young, Gifted and Black 2003
Various Artists
Trojan 3:12
The Best of the 70's [Disky 2003] 2003
Various Artists
Disky
The 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Jimmy Cliff 2004 Island / Universal 3:15
This Is Crucial Reggae 2004 Fontana / Sanctuary Records 3:10
This Is Reggae Music: The Golden Era 1960-1975 2004
Various Artists
Trojan / Sanctuary 3:10
Summer Reggae, Vol. 1 2004
Various Artists
Trojan 3:11
Sunshine Reggae: Sun Is Shining 2005
Various Artists
Drive (import) 3:08
Reggae Greats: 24 Original Classics 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:12
Reggae: The Essential Album 2005
Various Artists
Union Square Music / Essential Records
The Best of Jimmy Cliff [Disky] 2005 Mango / Universal 3:15
The Harder They Come: The Definitive Collection 2005 Trojan 3:12
The Best of Jimmy Cliff [Metro] 2006 Metro Doubles
Greatest Hits of the 60's 2006
Various Artists
Disky 3:11
Reggae Masters, Vol. 1 2006
Various Artists
Immergent
Better Days Are Coming: The A&M Years 1969-1971 2006 Hip-o Select 3:12
Reggae: Songs of Freedom 2006
Various Artists
Music Brokers / PMB 2:56
Sunshine Reggae [Somerset] 2006
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 3:12
100 Por Ciento Puro Reggae 2007
Various Artists
Contrasena 3:09
True Reggae 2007
Various Artists
Universal Music 3:09
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:10
Feeling Good: The Ultimate Collection 2008
Various Artists
Ultimate 3:11
Essential Reggae 2008
Various Artists
Polystar / Universal 3:13
The Trojan UK Hits Collection 2009
Various Artists
BMG / Trojan / Trojan Budget 3:12
Reggae Reggae: 60 Classic Reggae Hits 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 3:11
Reggae Chartbusters, Vol. 1 2009
Various Artists
BMG / Trojan 3:12
Sunshine Reggae: 20 Feel Good Reggae Hits 2010
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Universal / Universal Music 3:15
Harder Road to Travel: The Collection 2010 Island / Spectrum Music / Trojan / Universal 3:12
The Story of Trojan Records 2011
Various Artists
Sanctuary / Universal
The KCRW Session 2013 Universal Music 4:16
The  Playlist: Summer BBQ 2013
Various Artists
Universal Music TV
Best Of 2017 Hip-O 3:15
100 Essential 60's
Various Artists
Universal 3:12
101 60's Hits [Spectrum]
Various Artists
Spectrum Music
De Pre Historie: 1969, Vol. 1
Various Artists
Eva 3:11
Greatest Ever!: Reggae
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:12
No Image
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound
Jackie Holiday Special
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:13
Kings of Reggae [Box]
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 3:12
Latest & Greatest Reggae Party
Various Artists
USM Media
Mega Sunshine
Various Artists
Arcade Music
Now That's What I Call Reggae
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:12
Now That's What I Call Reggae Party
Various Artists
Now! 3:14
No Image
Various Artists
Polygram
No Image
Various Artists
Universal TV Campaign Division 3:06
No Image
Various Artists
Disky
No Image
Various Artists
Universal-Island Records 3:11
No Image
Various Artists
Arcade Music
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 3:10
No Image
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution
Sunday Morning Coffee
Various Artists
Union Square
No Image
Various Artists
Special Markets 3:08
The Reggae Album
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:13
This Is England '86
Various Artists
Universal-Island Records 3:12
Trojan Presents: Classic Reggae
Various Artists
BMG / Sanctuary / Trojan 3:12
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