Jimmy Cliff

Wonderful World, Beautiful People

Composed by Jimmy Cliff

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Pop-rock-reggae at its most enjoyable, "Wonderful World, Beautiful People" is Jimmy Cliff at his crossover best. The song wonderfully epitomizes the era, a time when there was such hope for the future, but also a recognition of the serious problems facing the world; this was the height of the Vietnam War, of course. The melody is pure pop, as infectious as Ebola, but without the pain. The rhythm is reggae-fied, with the arrangement adding a soft rock twist, while Cliff belts out the lyrics. It's no wonder then that this song soared all the way to number six in the British charts, and pushed into the Top 25 in the U.S. A jam-filled singalong version features on the In Concert: The Best of Jimmy Cliff album.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Jimmy Cliff 1969 Trojan 3:13
Wonderful World, Beautiful People 1970 A&M 3:15
No Image 1972
Various Artists
A&M 3:11
Reggae Spectacular 1988
Various Artists
A&M 3:13
Celebration: 25 Years of Trojan Records 1992
Various Artists
Trojan 3:15
Ultimate Reggae Party Album 1994
Various Artists
Telstar 0:00
Soft Reggae [Alex] 1995
Various Artists
Alex 3:09
Sounds of the Sixties 1995
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 3:12
Wonderful World [Dino] 1995
Various Artists
Peter Pan (ISP) 3:10
Trojan Singles Collection 1996
Various Artists
Trojan 3:08
No Image 1996
Various Artists
CSA Records
100% Reggae Originals, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Records Verlagsges
Reggae Archive [Rialto] 1996
Various Artists
Rialto 3:11
Carnival! 1996
Various Artists
Star Direct 3:09
Trojan Jungle, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
Trojan
World of Reggae 1997
Various Artists
ZYX Music 3:08
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Wonderful World Beautiful People 1998
Various Artists
Recall (UK) 3:08
Higher and Higher 1998 Island Jamaica 4:12
Reggae Groove 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:10
The In Crowd [Crimson] 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:08
Bikini.Com: More Summer Groovin' 1999
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:13
Ultimate Collection 1999 Hip-O / Uptown/Universal 3:13
Wonderful World, Beautiful People [Compilation] 1999 Castle Pie 3:13
Wanted 2000 Recall (UK) 3:13
Essential Soundtracks: New Movie Collection 2000
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records 3:09
You Can Get It If You Really Want...The Best of Jimmy Cliff 2000 Music Club Records 3:12
The Messenger: Very Best of Reggae's Orginal Soul 2000 Metro / Metro 3:13
Reggae Hits [Disky] 2000
Various Artists
Disky 3:11
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Disky 3:11
The Woodstock Generation: Wonderful World Beautiful People 2001
Various Artists
Woodstock Records 3:11
Reggae Hits, Vol. 3 [St. Clair] 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 6:09
Totally Reggae: The Essential Reggae Album 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:07
East Is East 2001
Original Soundtrack
EMI Music Distribution 3:10
Best of Jimmy Cliff [EMI] 2001 EMI Music Distribution 3:08
One Hit Wonders: Hard Two Get Hits [Box Set] 2001
Various Artists
One Hit 3:11
Cosmic Grooves: Leo 2001
Various Artists
Rhino 3:14
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 3:11
Simply the Best Reggae Album [2001] 2001
Various Artists
Import 3:08
Trojan Box Set: U.K. Hits 2002
Various Artists
Trojan / Sanctuary 3:13
Reggae Pulse: The Heartbeat of Jamaica 2002
Various Artists
Trojan / Sanctuary 3:11
Sunsplashin 2002
Various Artists
Madacy 3:13
Anthology 2003 Universal Distribution / Hip-O 3:13
Singles 2003 BR Music 3:13
Muzik City: The Story of Trojan 2003
Various Artists
Trojan 3:12
Simply the Best Reggae Album [2003] 2003
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 3:09
The 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Jimmy Cliff 2004 Spectrum Music 3:15
This Is Crucial Reggae 2004 Sanctuary 3:11
This Is Reggae Music: The Golden Era 1960-1975 2004
Various Artists
Trojan / Sanctuary 3:10
Sunshine Reggae: Sun Is Shining 2005
Various Artists
Drive (import) 3:08
Reggae Greats: 24 Original Classics 2005
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:12
The Best of Jimmy Cliff [Disky] 2005 Mango 3:14
Greatest Hits of the 60's 2006
Various Artists
Disky 3:11
Reggae Masters, Vol. 1 2006
Various Artists
Immergent 3:11
Better Days Are Coming: The A&M Years 1969-1971 2006 Hip-o Select 3:12
Summer Sippin's 2006
Various Artists
Hallmark Recordings 3:14
True Reggae 2007
Various Artists
Universal Music 3:09
Reggae Reggae: 60 Classic Reggae Hits 2009
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music TV 3:11
Reggae Chartbusters, Vol. 1 2009
Various Artists
Sanctuary / Trojan 3:12
Sunshine Reggae: 20 Feel Good Reggae Hits 2010
Various Artists
Spectrum Music / Universal / Universal Music 3:15
Harder Road to Travel: The Collection 2010 Island / Spectrum Music / Trojan / Universal 3:12
Classic Reggae: The Soundtrack to Jamaica 2011
Various Artists
Trojan 3:12
Best Of 2017 Hip-O 3:15
100 Essential 60's
Various Artists
Universal 3:12
Crucial Classics - Island 50 Reggae
Various Artists
Island / Strategic Marketing 3:14
Kings of Reggae [Box]
Various Artists
Castle Music Ltd. 3:12
No Image
Various Artists
Polygram
No Image
Various Artists
Disky
No Image
Various Artists
Arcade Music
No Image
Various Artists
Universal Distribution / Universal Music 3:10
This Is England '86
Various Artists
Universal 3:12
Total 60s
Various Artists
Universal 3:15