The Hollies

The Air That I Breathe

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If there was one song that accurately conveyed the depression and melancholy of the early-'70s post-Woodstock malaise, it was this song. Moving like an almost Broadway-inspired ballad, the feeling of weariness and fatigue is palpable. Hazlewood's use of minor-key, almost folksy changes is nothing revolutionary, but his blending of the melody is full of craft. The lyrics are about being lost in love, with more than a hint of depression. The Hollies' recorded version provided that group with a much-needed early-'70s stateside hit. Hazelwood went on to work with Van Dyke Parks on his Orange Crate Art album, with Brian Wilson.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
The Hollies' Greatest Hits 1973 Epic 0:00
No Image 1974 Legacy / Epic 4:12
No Image 1976
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
20 Golden Greats 1978 EMI Music Distribution 4:12
The Air That I Breathe [Polydor] 1980 Bcd
No Image 1988 Capitol
Epic Anthology 1990 Legacy / Epic 4:09
All Time Greatest Hits 1990 Curb 4:14
Great Records of the Decade: 70's Hits Pop, Vol. 2 1990
Various Artists
Curb 4:10
Mellow Gold, Vol. 1 1991
Various Artists
Mystic Records
70's Greatest Rock Hits, Vol. 13: Request Line 1992
Various Artists
Priority Records
Air That I Breathe: The Very Best of EMI Classics 1993 EMI Music Distribution / EMI Classics 4:04
30th Anniversary Collection 1963-1993 1993 EMI Music Distribution 4:10
So in Love [Laserlight] 1995
Various Artists
Delta Distribution
Only Love: 1970-1974 1995
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 3:46
British Rock, Vols. 3-4 1995
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 4:06
Rock On: 1974 1996
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:46
1974: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
A Time To Remember 4:03
Rock On: 1970-1974 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 3:46
Billboard Top Soft Rock Hits: 1974 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 4:12
Special Collection 1997 EMI 4:07
Number Ones: Lovin' Feelings 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 4:10
Greatest Love [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 4:02
Have a Nice Decade: The 70s Pop Culture Box 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:47
Abbey Road Decade 1973-1989 1998 EMI Music Distribution 4:13
Rock On: From 1970 to 1979 1998
Various Artists
Madacy 3:49
The Very Best of the Love Album 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:12
Rock'n Roll Greatest Hits 70's, Vol. 3 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:11
Billboard Top Soft Rock Hits: 1970-1974 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:27
Kuschelrock Special Edition 1999
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
40 Hits: 1970-1974 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 4:03
Everlasting Love [Crimson] 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Millennium Box Set 1999
Various Artists
Disky 4:04
Wow That Was the 70's 1999
Various Artists
Disky Communications 4:02
The Hollies [Platinum Disc] 2000 Platinum Disc 4:11
Love, Vol. 4 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:02
Love Potion 2000
Various Artists
Disky 4:02
The Virgin Suicides: Music from the Motion Picture [Emperor Norton] 2000
Original Soundtrack
Emperor Norton 3:47
Air That I Breathe [Disky] 2000 Disky 4:04
Hits at Planet Earth 2000
Various Artists
Planet Earth Recordings 4:03
Greatest Hits of the 70's, Vol. 11 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:12
70's Jewels 2000
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:11
Best of the 70's 2000 Disky 4:03
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:48
Love Album [EMI 1] 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:03
At Abbey Road 1963-1966/At Abbey Road 1966-1970/At Abbey Road 1973-1989 2000 EMI Music Distribution 4:13
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Disky Box] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 4:04
Love Songs of the 70's [Sony] 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:12
20 Classic Songs of Love 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:03
Decades: Story of the 60's, 70's & 80's [EMI] 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:02
Super Hits 2001 Sony Music Distribution 4:11
Greatest Hits of the 70's [Sony] 2001
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:12
Capital Gold Legends 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:03
American Bandstand 2001
Various Artists
Band Stand 4:03
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 4:04
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:48
American Bandstand: CD 4 2001
Various Artists
Disky 4:03
Classic Masters 2002 Capitol / EMI Records 4:05
Greatest Singers Greatest Songs 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:06
Extreme 70's [2] 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:12
Greatest Hits 2003 Capitol / EMI Records 4:12
Soft Rock [Brentwood] 2003
Various Artists
Brentwood Records 4:11
Rock 'N' Roll's Greatest Hits 70's 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:11
The Long Road Home: 1963-2003 2003 EMI-Capitol Entertainment Prop. / EMI Music Distribution 4:46
Best of Soft Rock 2003
Various Artists
BCI Music (Brentwood Communication) 4:11
20 Great Love Songs 2004 Disky 4:04
Capital Gold 70's Legends 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:02
No Image 2004
Various Artists
Liberty / Capitol 4:11
Extreme 70s 2004
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:12
The Ultra Selection 2005 Disky / Disky Communications 4:02
Merci 2005
Various Artists
Disky
Greatest Pop Icons 2005
Various Artists
Disky 4:02
Taking a Bow 2005 BMG Special Products / Sony Music Distribution 4:14
Bringing On Back The Good Times 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
The Wedding Collection: Classical/Party/Love 2006
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertai / United Multimedia 0:00
Classic Soft Rock: The Air That I Breathe 2006
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:48
Dutch Collection 2007 EMI Music Distribution 4:11
I Luv Mum: For the Best Mum in the World Ever [2007] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:10
Finest 2007 EMI Music Distribution 4:12
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:48
'70s Romantic Classics 2008
Various Artists
StarVista 4:10
Romancing the '70s 2010
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:11
10 Great Songs 2012 Capitol / EMI 4:11
Singers & Songwriters: 1974-1975 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:11
All-Time Classics 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:10
Head Out of Dreams: The Complete Hollies - August 1973-May 1988 2017 Parlophone / Rhino 4:13
Four More Hollies Originals EMI Music Distribution 4:11
Romantically Yours
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:10