Back in the High Life Again

"Back in the High Life Again"

Cover art for UK and non-US editions
Single by Steve Winwood
from the album Back in the High Life
Released 1986
Recorded Unique Recording Studio
New York, 1985
Genre R&B, blue-eyed soul, pop
Length 5:50
4:12 (edit)
Label IslandIS 288
Writer(s) Steve Winwood
Will Jennings
Producer(s) Russ Titelman
Steve Winwood singles chronology
"Freedom Overspill"
"Back in the High Life Again"
"The Finer Things"

"Back in the High Life Again" is a 1986 single written by Steve Winwood and Will Jennings and performed by Winwood.[1] The single was included on his album Back in the High Life and included backing vocals by James Taylor as well as a prominent mandolin played by Winwood. "Back in the High Life Again" was Winwood's second number one on the Adult Contemporary chart. The single stayed at number one for three weeks and went to number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2]


In popular culture

The song was in closing credits of the CBS Sports coverage of the NBA Finals in 1987,[4] and appeared in the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode "The Gang Buys a Boat". It was also used in a photo montage of the NASCAR on TNN production crew after TNN's final NASCAR race broadcast, the 2000 Checker Auto Parts/Dura Lube 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.[5]

Warren Zevon subsequently covered the song on his 2000 album Life'll Kill Ya.


Preceded by
"Moonlighting" by Al Jarreau
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
August 1, 1987 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Love Power" by Dionne Warwick & Jeffrey Osborne

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