John Denver

Sunshine on My Shoulders

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John Denver wrote "Sunshine on My Shoulders" on a drizzling spring day in Minnesota. It originally was the B-side of "I'd Rather Be a Cowboy." As the Vietnam War began to end, "Sunshine..." took on a new significance and began to receive airplay on adult contemporary radio stations. It was also featured in the 1973 CBS-TV movie named Sunshine and its 1974 NBC-TV spin-off series. Produced by Milt Okun, the million-selling single went to number one pop, number one adult contemporary for two weeks in the spring of 1974. It was included on John Denver's Greatest Hits went gold, parking at number one pop for three weeks.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Poems, Prayers & Promises 1971 RCA 5:10
Take Me Home, Country Roads & Other Hits 1973 RCA 5:13
Greatest Hits 1973 RCA 5:10
Zijn Grootste Successen 1988 RCA
Gold Collection 1990 RCA
Wereldsterren 1990 RCA
Seine Größten Erfolge 1990 RCA
Voice of America 1993 PHANTOM SOUND & 5:11
Earth Songs 1995 Windstar 5:04
The Rocky Mountain Collection 1996 RCA 0:00
Reflections: Songs of Love & Life 1996 RCA 5:14
Sunshine on My Shoulders [Laserlight] 1997 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 5:07
Country Roads Collection 1997 RCA 5:10
Love Again: Greatest & Latest 1997 CMC Records 4:48
Celebration of Life 1997 River North / A&M 4:53
The Best of John Denver [Madacy] 1998 Madacy 4:53
The Collection [PMF] 1998 Pink Mastertone 5:06
Greatest Country Hits 1998 RCA 5:10
Rocky Mountain High: The Very Best of John Denver 1998 Delta Distribution 5:07
Favourites 1998 Import 5:11
The Best of John Denver [Cema] 1998 EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 4:53
Made in America: Essential Folk 1999
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 5:10
Made in America: Folk Favorites 1999
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 5:10
Portrait 1999 RCA 5:13
Take Me Home: The John Denver Story 2000 RCA 4:52
The Legendary John Denver 2000 BMG International 5:14
Country Roads: Greatest Hits 2000 Delta Distribution / Legend 5:07
VH1 Behind the Music: The John Denver Collection 2000 BMG / RCA / Sony Music Entertainment 5:13
Country Roads: The Very Best of John Denver [Windstar] 2000 BMG 0:00
Best of Rocky Mountain Collection 2000 BMG / BMG International 5:15
AM Gold: #1 Hits of the '70s - '70-'74 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:22
Legends 2001 Camden / BMG International 5:14
Two Different Directions: Greatest Hits and Favorites 2002 Double Platinum 5:08
Singers Songwriters and Legends 2002 Madacy 4:52
Songs from the Heart 2003 BMG Special Products 5:07
The Very Best of Singers and Songwriters 2003
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:12
The Collection [Empire Music] 2003 Empire Music Group Inc. / Music Club International Records 5:07
John Denver Collection 2003 Laserlight 5:07
The Essential 2004 Madacy 4:52
Memories of a Country Boy 2004 Laserlight / Delta Distribution 4:58
Definitive All-Time Greatest Hits 2004 BMG Heritage / RCA 5:12
Greatest Hits [Paradiso] 2006 Paradiso 5:14
Forever John Denver 2006 Madacy 4:52
16 Biggest Hits 2006 Legacy 5:15
The Essential John Denver 2007 RCA / Legacy 5:13
Singers & Songwriters: 1974-1975 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 5:13