Song title 479 - Wonderful World

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This page lists the chart runs for songs called "Wonderful World" in order of success. This list combines cover versions and distinct songs that happen to share the same title.

There are a number of songs with the words "Wonderful World" in the title. Sam Cooke wrote one (which is often refered to by the title "(What a) Wonderful World", Louis Armstrong had a big hit with one called "What a Wonderful World". We've attempted to split these songs correctly but have almost certainly mislabeled some entries, so when looking at the page for Wonderful World you should also consider the songs shown at (What a) Wonderful World.

# Artist Song Title Year Chart Entries
1 Sam Cooke Wonderful World 1960 Holland 1 - May 1986 (12 weeks), Belgium 1 - May 1986 (13 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014 (1960), Germany 3 - May 1986 (4 months), Switzerland 7 - Jun 1986 (11 weeks), US invalid BB 10 of 1960, POP 10 of 1960, US Billboard 12 - May 1960 (15 weeks), Canada 13 - May 1960 (8 weeks), DDD 15 of 1960, Austria 18 - Jun 1986 (3 weeks), D.Marsh 21 of 1960, UK 27 - Jul 1960 (8 weeks), US BB 80 of 1960, US Radio 98 of 1960 (peak 12 7 weeks), Germany 98 of the 1980s (peak 2 16 weeks), Rolling Stone 373, Acclaimed 781 (1960), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Apr 1986), RYM 1 of 1960
2 Herman's Hermits Wonderful World 1965 Canada RPM 1 for 1 week - Jun 1965, US Billboard 4 - May 1965 (10 weeks), Record World 4 - 1965, Canada 5 - May 1965 (11 weeks), UK 7 - May 1965 (9 weeks), Keener 8 - Jun 1965 (5 weeks), KQV 34 of 1965, US Radio 55 of 1965 (peak 4 6 weeks), US BB 67 of 1965, WABC NY 69 of 1965
3 James Morrison Wonderful World 2006 UK 8 - Oct 2006 (20 weeks), Holland 8 - Dec 2006 (16 weeks), Belgium 14 - Mar 2007 (11 weeks), Switzerland 35 - Feb 2007 (11 weeks), Poland 43 - Nov 2006 (6 weeks), Japan (Tokyo) 91 - Nov 2006 (3 weeks)
4 Gone Tomorrow Wonderful World 1994 Japan (Tokyo) 13 - Sep 1994 (13 weeks)
5 Zucchero Fornaciari & Eric Clapton Wonderful World 1991 France 6 - Jan 1992 (2 weeks), Switzerland 17 - Nov 1991 (2 weeks), Belgium 21 - Aug 1991 (6 weeks)
6 Rico Rodriguez Wonderful World 1995 Japan (Tokyo) 94 - Nov 1995 (2 weeks)
7 Wildski Wonderful World 1990 UK 89 - Sep 1990 (2 weeks)
8 Worlds Apart Wonderful World 1993 UK 51 - Jul 1993 (1 week)

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31 Mar 2015

#2 - Herman's Hermits

Title of this song is actually 'Wonderful World" rather than (What A) Wonderful world. Totally different song.

The Sam Cooke song "Wonderful World" is often known as "(What a) Wonderful World" (Wikipedia claims the Herman's Hermits song is a cover of that), menawhile "What a Wonderful World" (for example by Louis Armstrong) is as you say a different song.

We've made the correction you suggested, but that almost certainly means that at least one of the covers has also been misassigned. We've added notes to the two song title pages and hope that people will tell us which ones still need correcting.

Thanks for the suggestion