Eric Clapton

Wonderful Tonight

Composed by Eric Clapton / Michael Kamen

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One of Eric Clapton's biggest hits from the 1970s, "Wonderful Tonight" was inspired by his then-wife, Patti. While growing impatient waiting for her to dress for a party, Clapton wrote this more out of impatience than love. However, the end result is one of the most touching love ballads of the decade, conveying his emotions with a tender clarity. Musically, there is an almost country feel to the music; this is barely under the surface, as the melody and changes have a sense of pop craftsmanship that would continue to serve Clapton well into the 1990s.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Slowhand 1977 Polydor / Universal Music Group 3:45
Just One Night 1980 Polydor / Interscope / Motown / PolyGram / Universal 4:41
Time Pieces: The Best of Eric Clapton 1982 Audio Fidelity 3:41
Backtrackin' 1984 Interscope / PolyGram 3:46
No Image 1984 RSO
The Cream of Eric Clapton 1987 Polydor 3:41
Crossroads 1988 Interscope / Polydor / Universal / Universal Music / Universal Music Group 3:42
No Image 1988
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Midnight Love 1991
Various Artists
Stylus Records 3:41
24 Nights 1991 Reprise 9:11
Wonderful Tonight 1991 Polydor
Wings of Love [1991] 1991
Various Artists
A&M 3:45
Hot City Nights [Alex] 1994
Various Artists
Alex 3:41
The Cream of Clapton 1995 Polydor 3:41
Back from the Edge 1995 Silver Rarities
Crossroads, Vol. 2: Live in the Seventies 1996 Polydor / Polydor/Chronicles 6:24
No Image 1996
Various Artists
Polygram
No Image 1997 Polydor / Universal Distribution 3:45
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Columbia
Live in Hyde Park [Video/DVD] 1998 Warner Bros.
One and Only Love Album 1998
Various Artists
Polydor/Polygram 3:43
Double Up: Timepieces/Timepieces, Vol. 2 1998 DJ Specialist / Universal 3:39
Pure Rock Ballads 1998
Various Artists
Polygram 3:39
The Best of the Best [Insight] 1998
Various Artists
Insight (3)
Pilgrim/Change the World [EP] 1999 WEA International 9:09
Blues 1999 Polygram 6:23
Saturday Night Live: 25 Years, Vol. 1 1999
Various Artists
Dreamworks SKG 6:44
Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton 1999 Warner Bros. 5:26
Best Love Songs Ever [EMI] 1999
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:42
Kuschelrock, Vol. 14 2000
Various Artists
Sbme Special Mkts. 5:11
Passion: Songs for Lovers 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 5:22
Prince's Trust Rock Gala 1987 2001
Various Artists
Import 4:17
Unplugged/Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton 2001 Reprise 5:26
The Osbourne Family Album 2002
Original Television Soundtrack
Epic 3:40
One More Car, One More Rider 2002 Reprise 6:42
One More Car, One More Rider [VHS] 2002 Reprise
Super Sweet: For Lovers Only 2003
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Amour [Universal] 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Sweet Memories: 18 Love Classics 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Drivin' 2003
Various Artists
Universal Distribution
Ballads 2003 Japanese Import
Time 100: Music of Our Lives 1960-1980 2004
Various Artists
WEA International 3:43
20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Eric Clapton 2004 Polydor 3:45
For the Lady 2004
Various Artists
Rhino 3:40
Biggest & Best Ballads 2004
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 3:35
Sweet Memories [Sky] 2005
Various Artists
Sky Records 2:50
Japan Tour 2006 Limited Edition Chronicle 2006 WEA
Complete Clapton 2007 Reprise / Warner Bros. 3:39
After Midnight: Live 2008 Immortal / Vinyl Passion
No Image 2008 Immortal
Icon 2 2011 Polydor 3:42
Planes, Trains and Eric: The Music, The Stories, The People – Mid and Far East Tour 2014 2014 Eagle Rock
Forever Man 2015 GC / Reprise / Rhino 8:59
Slowhand at 70: Live at the Royal Albert Hall 2015 Eagle Rock
The Studio Album Collection 1970-1981 2016 Polydor
Live in San Diego 2016 Reprise / Rhino / Warner Bros. 4:30
Live in San Diego [Video] 2017 GC / Reprise / Rhino
Happy & Glorious
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 3:44
More Than a Feeling [Tellydisc]
Various Artists
Tellydisc
No Image
Various Artists
No Image Polydor
The Greatest Love [Telstar]
Various Artists
Telstar 3:41
Time Pieces Vol. 1: The Best of Eric Clapton + Time Pieces Vol. 2: Live In The Seventies Polydor / Universal 3:39
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