Joe Cocker / Jennifer Warnes

Up Where We Belong

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From the widely successful soundtrack An Officer and a Gentleman, "Up Where We Belong" was one of Joe Cocker's biggest hits of the 1980s. A gospel-inspired piece of pop song craftsmanship, the song moves with an underlying grace and subtle beauty. Faith, virtue, and, yes, the power of love is at the lyrical core here, and the husband and wife team of Nitzsche and St. Marie convey this with a literate and timeless style. Truly a modern-day pop standard.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Billboard Top Hits: 1982 1982
Various Artists
Rhino 4:00
Officer and a Gentleman 1982
Original Soundtrack
Island 3:55
Island Story 1962-1987 1987
Various Artists
Island 3:55
Heart Rock, Vol. 2 1992
Various Artists
4:00
Cosmopolitan, Vol. 2 1992
Various Artists
Sandstone 3:55
The Best of Joe Cocker [Capitol] 1993 Capitol 3:55
#1 Hits: 1980-1984 1994
Various Artists
GNP / Crescendo 4:00
Sounds of the Eighties: 1982 1994
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 4:02
Roots of Rock: Soft Rock 1995
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:52
Night Moves, Vol. 5 1995
Various Artists
DCC Compact Classics 3:56
Billboard Top Hits: 1980-1984 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 4:00
Academy Award Winning Songs (1934-1993) [Box Set] 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 4:00
Academy Award Winning Songs, Vol. 5 (1982-1993) 1996
Various Artists
Rhino
Pure Collection 1996
Various Artists
Fast Forward Records / Signature 3:46
It Takes Two [Columbia] 1996
Various Artists
Columbia / Global / Sony TV
Greatest Soundtrack Hits, Vol. 2 1997
Original Soundtrack
Priority Records 3:55
No. 1 Hits of the 80's [Rebound] 1997
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:54
Mixed Emotions 1997
Various Artists
Polygram 3:54
Essential 80's: 1980-1984 1998
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:57
One and Only Love Album 1998
Various Artists
Polydor / Polygram 3:56
Whole Lotta Rock: 1982-1983 1998
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 3:59
Friends for Life: Men and Women United in Harmony 1998
Various Artists
Chronicles / Polygram 3:51
Movies Greatest Love Songs 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Back on My Feet Again: Songs of Hope & Inspiration 1998
Various Artists
Relativity 3:56
All Time Greatest Movie Songs [UK] 1998
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:47
Body Talk: Expressions 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time / Life Music 4:00
Class Reunion: The Greatest Hits of 1982 1998
Various Artists
Rebound Records 3:52
The Very Best of the Love Album 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:47
Movie Lovers, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Records 3:54
Now: 1983 [2 CD] 1999
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 3:51
The Anthology 1999 A&M 3:52
With Love [Universal] 1999
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:52
Love Songs [Time Life] 1999
Various Artists
Chakras Dream 4:00
Soft Love [2000 2CD] 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:57
Soft Love, Vol. 1 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:57
Simply the Best [Warner Bros. 40 tracks] 2000
Various Artists
WEA International 3:39
Classic Joe Cocker: The Universal Masters Collection 2001 A&M 3:55
Newman's Own: Movie Songs 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:58
Duets of the Millennium 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:52
Paramount Pictures 90th Anniversary: Memorable Songs 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:53
Definitive Collection 2002 Festival Records 3:54
Together: 38 All Time Classic Duets & Collaborations 2002
Various Artists
Universal International 3:53
Friends Reunited: 42 Classroom Classics from the 80's 2003
Various Artists
Universal International 0:00
New Woman 2003 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:45
Singles 2003 BR Music 3:56
The Ultimate Collection 1968-2003 2003 EMI Music Distribution 3:56
Ultimate Collection [Hip-O] 2004 Hip-O 3:52
Love Lifts Us Up: A Collection 1969-1983 2004 Raven 3:56
Platinum & Gold Collection 2004 Arista 3:54
Steve Wright's Sunday Love Songs: Love Supreme 2005
Various Artists
Universal International 3:48
'80s Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:52
Gold 2006 Hip-O 3:53
The Love Songs Album [#3] 2006
Various Artists
Universal International 3:49
Very Best of Back to the Movies 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Chick Flicks: The Collection 2006
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:52
True School Party 2006
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:45
One Love [Universal] 2007
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:47
It Takes Two: Classic Duets 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music
Classic Cocker 2007 Capitol / EMI Records 3:53
Here and Now: The Very Best of the 80s 2008
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:52
Alan Jones Presents Songs of Love and Inspiration 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:54
Christmas Jukebox 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:53
80's Top 100 2008
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:52
Rock' Mantique 20 2008
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 3:51
Island Life: 50 Years of Island Records 2009
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:49
The Ultimate Collection: 80s Anthems 2013
Various Artists
Union Square Music 3:45
Timeless Love Songs [2018] 2018
Various Artists
Universal 3:54
'80s Pop Number 1's
Various Artists
Universal 3:52
80 Tals Hits
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
80s Triple Set
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Universal / Spectrum 3:47
All Time Ballads
Various Artists
Universal 3:53
Classic 80s Movie Songs
Various Artists
Universal 3:52
Fine Time Winter Love Songs
Various Artists
WEA
No Image
Various Artists
Razor & Tie
I Am Getting Married
Various Artists
Universal / Universal Distribution 3:52
Love 80's
Various Artists
Universal 3:54
No Image
Various Artists
Polygram
Pure Love Songs [Universal]
Various Artists
Universal Music 3:51
The Best of Joe Cocker [EMI] Parlophone / Warner Music 3:53