Katrina & the Waves

Walking on Sunshine

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"Walking On Sunshine" is a punchline now, the canonical dopey '80s pop song the same way that the Starland Vocal Band's "Afternoon Delight" is the canonical dopey '70s pop song. Like its similarly unappreciated cousin, though, "Walking On Sunshine" got to that place in pop culture history because of its huge, unfettered, unapologetic hooks. This is pop music that struts out of the speakers with its head held high, blaring horn lines and crisply-recorded snare bashing out a catchy rhythm accentuated by Kimberley Rew's ultra-jangly guitar riffs. Katrina Leskanich's brassy vocals are similarly cheerful and unaffected, and the whole coalesces for one of the most unforgettable choruses of its era. This song is cheerful to the point of sappiness, true. But it's inarguably brilliant as well.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Katrina & the Waves 1983 CGB / Kyboside Record 3:21
Best of 1980-1990, Vol. 2 1990
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:58
100% Summer 1994
Various Artists
Telstar
Sounds of the Eighties: 1985 1994
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:58
Anthology 1995 One Way Records 4:01
Only in the 80's, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:55
Sun Splashin' 1996
Various Artists
Madacy 3:56
'80s Hits Back 1996
Various Artists
Hip-O / HIPP 4:00
Best Summer Album in the World...Ever! [1997] 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
1985: 20 Original Chart Hits 1997
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:54
Walking on Sunshine: The Greatest Hits of Katrina & the Waves 1997 EMI Music Distribution 3:59
Rock She Said: On the Pop Side 1998
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:58
Rock & Roll Relix: 1980-1989 1998
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 3:57
Highway Rock: Do You Believe in Love 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:58
The Best Summer Party...Ever 1998
Various Artists
Virgin
Dance Club Retro, Vol. 4: Pop Beats 1998
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:57
More Than a Feeling [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:52
Sounds of the Eighties: Essential 80's 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Time / Life Music 4:00
Awesome '80s, Vol. 4 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 3:57
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
36 Hits: 1985-1989 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 3:57
Bikini.Com: Summer Groovin' 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:56
She Rock 1999
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:59
Non Stop 80's Party 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:29
Greatest Hits of the 80's [1999 Disky] 1999
Various Artists
Disky 3:57
Sounds of the Eighties: 80's Blockbusters [2003] 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:59
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1985 2000
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:57
Smash Hits: Party Mix [Two Disc] 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:00
Modern Rock Collection 2000
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:59
More Pure 80's 2000
Various Artists
UTV 3:59
Modern Madonnas 2000
Various Artists
Disky 3:56
Let It Rock 1985 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 3:58
Totally Awesome '80s: 1983-1985 2000
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:40
Party Time [SPG] 2000
Various Artists
SPG 3:45
Fetenhits: Real Summer Classics 2000
Various Artists
Polygram 3:58
Inside the Music: Women on Top 2001
Various Artists
Silverline Records
Absolutely the Best of the Eighties 2001
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 / Varese 4:00
VH1: The Big 80's Pop 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:56
Hot in the City [Disky] 2001
Various Artists
Essential Collection (Netherlands) / Disky 3:57
Totally Summer: The Essential Summer Album [Bonus Tracks] 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:56
Instant Party: We Are Family 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:56
Drivin' Music Hits 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:57
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 3:57
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 3:57
Big Hits Video's 2002
Various Artists
Disky
Cool Summer Hits 2002
Various Artists
Disky
Like, Omigod! The '80s Pop Culture Box (Totally) 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:59
Sunsplashin 2002
Various Artists
Madacy 3:56
Eighties Complete, Vol. 1-3 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:54
Essential Eighties [EMI Box] 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:54
Love Songs of the 80's 2002
Various Artists
EMI
Twogether Rock 2003
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:51
Daddy Day Care 2003
Original Soundtrack
Columbia 3:59
School Reunion: The 80's 2003
Various Artists
Virgin 3:52
Summer Rock: Walking on Sunshine 2004
Various Artists
Disky 3:57
Bittersweet Love Songs: The Two Sides Of 2004
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 5:56
The Essential Eighties: 18 Great Memories 2004
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:01
In the Summertime [Crimson] 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:54
Non-Stop Summer Party 2005
Various Artists
Disky 3:52
Reunited 2005
Various Artists
Disky Communications 3:57
80's Fever: The Best 80's Album...Ever 2005
Various Artists
Music Brokers 3:58
Let's Party [Disky] 2005
Various Artists
Disky 3:56
The Pop Years 2005
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 4:01
Dancin' on Sunshine: All Time Greatest Summertime Hits 2006
Various Artists
American Beat Records 3:59
The Wedding Collection: Classical/Party/Love 2006
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertai / United Multimedia 0:00
Let's Hear It for the Girls 2006
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:39
Women and the Hits 2006
Various Artists
Legacy 3:59
Very Best of School Reunion 2006
Various Artists
EMI / Virgin TV
For Mum 2007
Various Artists
EMI 3:41
101 80's Hits [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
Virgin / EMI 2:47
Essential 80s [EMI Gold] 2007
Various Artists
EMI 3:41
Chasing the Sun: The Greatest Songs of Summer 2007
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:59
Viva Mallorca 2007
Various Artists
BMG / Sbm Records 3:58
The Original 80s Box Set 2007
Various Artists
EMI 3:40
Now That's What I Call the 80s [3 CD] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:47
Pure: Love 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:49
Pure: 80s [EMI] 2007
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:40
Top of the Pops 1985 [EMI] 2008
Various Artists
EMI 3:40
Playlist: 80's Pop 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:40
SWR 1 Sommer Rock 2008
Various Artists
EMM 3:54
This Is 1985 2008
Various Artists
EMD Int'l 3:41
Pure Driving Rock [3 Discs] 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:48
The Essential Car Album For Girls 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:39
Alle Hits!: Die 80er 2008
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:39
Mum Rocks! 2009
Various Artists
Virgin 3:39
Original Hits: Love 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:40
Drive Time Anthems 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 3:57
80's Box: The Ultimate Compilation Of Eighties Hits 2009
Various Artists
Music Brokers 3:55
Don't Worry Be Happy: 46 Feelgood Songs 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:39
An 80's Summer 2009
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:41
101 Barbecue Songs 2010
Various Artists
EMI 3:39
Super Hity CZ Éteru 2010
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:21
Happy Songs [Virgin 2010] 2010
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 3:39
Me to You with Love 2011
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution / Joint Venture 3:58
100 Hits: New Years Eve Party 2011
Various Artists
100 Hits 3:38
Greatest Ever! Party Anthems 2013
Various Artists
Greatest Ever 3:51
100 Summerhits In The Mix 2012
Various Artists
PTG / Various Tunes 2:03
300 Hits: The '80s
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 3:41
80's Super Hits [Capitol]
Various Artists
Capitol 0:04
No Image
Various Artists
EMI / Mixed Repertoire 4:01
Housework Hits
Various Artists
EMI
Just Can't Get Enough: One Hit Wonders of the '80s
Various Artists
Rhino 3:58
Massive Hits!: Driving Rock
Various Artists
EMI 3:53
Mega 50: Die 80er Jahre
Various Artists
Electrola 0:04
No Image
Various Artists
Xxl Det 4:01
No Image
Various Artists
Universal 4:01
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 3:58
Original Hits: The Girls
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:48
Otroligt 80
Various Artists
Bonnier Music
Running Hits, Vol. 1: Feel The Beats
Various Artists
ZYX Music 3:59
The Greatest Ever... Party Album
Various Artists
Bellevue / Wienerworld 3:43
Woman in 80's
Various Artists
EMI / Mixed Repertoire 0:04