Wonderful Tonight

Eric Clapton

Song Review by Matthew Greenwald

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 / Polygram 3:44
Time Pieces: The Best of Eric Clapton 1982 Polydor 3:39
Backtrackin' 1984 Polygram 3:45
After Midnight 1984 RSO
The Cream of Eric Clapton 1987 Polydor 3:41
Crossroads 1988 Polydor 3:42
Sounds of the Seventies: 1978 - Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 3:09
Hot City Nights [Alex] 1994
Various Artists
The Cream of Clapton 1995 Polydor / Chronicles 3:42
Soft Rock: 36 Classic Rock Ballads 1996
Various Artists
Adventures In Music
One and Only Love Album 1998
Various Artists
Polydor / Polygram 3:43
Double Up: Timepieces/Timepieces, Vol. 2 1998 DJ Specialist 3:39
Blues 1999 Polydor 6:23
Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton 1999 Reprise 0:00
Kuschelrock, Vol. 14 2000
Various Artists
Sbme Special Mkts. 5:11
The Osbourne Family Album 2002
Original Television Soundtrack
Epic 3:40
One More Car, One More Rider [Video] 2002 Reprise 6:42