Perfect World" is a song performed by Huey Lewis and the News and released as the first single from the album Small World in late June 1988. The single peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 and on the UK Singles Chart. The song was written by Alex Call, a former bandmate of Lewis and Sean Hopper from the band, Clover. Call had previously co-written the hit song "867-5309/Jenny" for Tommy Tutone. Huey Lewis gave the song a reggae flavor.
Small World is the fifth album by American rock band Huey Lewis and the News, released in 1988. It was also their last album release on Chrysalis Records in the USA. Although it reached the top 20 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the album did not sell as well as the band's previous albums, Sports and Fore!. However, Lewis himself stated in a Behind the Music interview that the recording process for Small World had the most favorable working conditions.
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12. I Know What I Like. 13. Trouble in Paradise (from the We Are the World album - live in San Francisco 2/21/85). 14. It's Alright (from the Curtis Mayfield Tribute Album People Get Ready). 15. Cruisin' (Huey Lewis duet with Gwyneth Paltrow, from the Motion Picture Soundtrack Duets). 16. Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do. 17. Small World (featuring Stan Getz). 18. But It's Alright. 19. Hip to Be Square. 20. Couple Days Off. 21. Workin' for a Livin'.
Small World was another platinum hit for Huey Lewis & the News, but the album was noticeably weaker than their previous three records. Lewis tries to position himself as a socially conscious rocker - no less than three tracks have the word "world" in their title - writing songs about the perilous state of the environment and urging everybody to live together peacefully, since "there ain't no livin' in a perfect world. Such sanctimonious and simple lyrical platitudes would be acceptable if the band had written a set of catchy pop to support them . However, "Perfect World" is the only song that ranks with the group's best material - as "Give Me the Keys (And I'll Drive You Crazy)" proves, the News fail to come up with hooks that rival their earlier hits.
In 1988 the song in the charts was Perfect World by Huey Lewis & The News. Perfect World by Huey Lewis & The News. 77. ▼ Select Rank Below 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 #.
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Written-By – Alex Call
Written By – Adams, PalmerWritten-By – Hayes*
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Chrysalis Records, Inc.
- Producer – Huey Lewis And The News*
Notes(p) 1988 Chrysalis Records Inc.
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|43265||Huey Lewis & The News||Perfect World (7", Promo, Sol)||Chrysalis||43265||Canada||1988|
|611 614||Huey Lewis & The News||Perfect World (12", Maxi)||Chrysalis||611 614||Germany||1988|
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|XP10-2020||Huey Lewis & The News||Perfect World (CD, Mini, Single)||Chrysalis||XP10-2020||Japan||1988|