I Believe (Fantasia Barrino song)

"I Believe"
Single by Fantasia
Released June 29, 2004 (2004-06-29)
Recorded 2003
  • 5:02 (album version)
  • 4:07 (radio edit)
Label J Records
Producer(s) Clive Davis
Certification 2× Platinum (CRIA)
Fantasia singles chronology
"I Believe"
"Truth Is"
Music sample
I Believe

"I Believe" is the debut single released by singer and American Idol season 3 winner, Fantasia Barrino. The song significantly helped Fantasia rise to fame. The song was co-written by former American Idol contestant Tamyra Gray and was released on June 29, 2004. "I Believe" peaked at number one on US Billboard Hot 100 and Canadian Singles Chart and number four on Australian ARIA Singles Chart. It was included on her debut album Free Yourself, released on November 23, 2004.


Fantasia sang "I Believe" on the third season finale of American Idol as her last performance within the competition. Diana DeGarmo, the runner up of American Idol Season 3, sang the song first, also on the finale, for her first performance of the night. The judges unanimously acclaimed Fantasia the winner of season 3, a prediction that came true when she was crowned American Idol the following evening. An ecstatic and tearful Fantasia performed her new single "I Believe" minutes after the announcement. DeGarmo's performance was also well received by the judges.

The song was an instant success for Fantasia when it was released on June 22, 2004. It performed well on the radio and sales charts of the United States and Canada debuting at number one in both nations. This made Fantasia the first artist in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to debut at number one with a first record.[1] "I Believe" is also the winner of three Billboard Awards. "I Believe" is noted for its inspirational lyrics.

Commercial performance

When the song was released it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number one for one week and dropped out of the U.S. Top 40 after four weeks. In its debut week the single shattered the first week sales record for any single in 2004 in the U.S. "I Believe" was certified double platinum by the CRIA in Canada selling more than 80,000 units. It has sold 527,000 copies in the United States,[2] making it one of the most successful single of 2004. "I Believe" was number one on the U.S single sales chart for eleven consecutive weeks and ten weeks in Canada, giving it the longest stay at number one on the chart by any Idol contestant. "I Believe" also spent six consecutive weeks at number one on the U.S. R&B Single Sales chart. "I Believe" hit number one on more music charts than any other Idol contestant's debut single so far. On the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, it still remains the only No. 1 single to not chart on the Year-End Chart.

Track listing

I Believe EP

  1. "I Believe" – 5:00
  2. "Chain of Fools" – 3:17
  3. "Summertime" – 2:46


Chart (2004) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 4
Canadian Singles Chart 1
New Zealand Singles Chart 20
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks 12


Year Award Category Result
2004 Billboard Music Awards Top Selling Single of the Year ("I Believe") Won
Top Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year ("I Believe") Won
2005 Billboard American Urban Radio Networks Top R&B/Hip-Hop Single ("I Believe") Won

See also


Preceded by
Flying Without Wings
American Idol winner's singles
Succeeded by
Inside Your Heaven
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