Sweet Freedom (Michael McDonald song)

"Sweet Freedom"

Single Cover
Single by Michael McDonald
from the album Sweet Freedom (compilation album), and Running Scared soundtrack
Released June 1986
Format Cassette single
7" single
12" single
CD single
Recorded 1986
Genre R&B, blue-eyed soul, soft rock
Length 4:07 (radio mix) / 7:38 (12" version)
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Rod Temperton
Producer(s) Rod Temperton, Bruce Swedien, Dick Rudolph
Michael McDonald singles chronology
"Lost in the Parade"
"Sweet Freedom"
"Our Love"

"Sweet Freedom" is a song by Michael McDonald, and his last Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The single's music video featured McDonald, along with actors Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines, in the film Running Scared. [1]


Chart (1986) Peak
Canada The Record Singles Chart 25[2]
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 12
U.S. Adult Contemporary Tracks 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 8
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 17

Safri Duo version

"Sweet Freedom"
Single by Safri Duo featuring Michael McDonald
from the album Episode II
Released 10 June 2002
Format CD single
Genre World music, electronic
Length 3:23
Label Universal
Producer(s) Safri Duo, Michael Parsberg
Safri Duo featuring Michael McDonald singles chronology
"Baya Baya"
"Sweet Freedom"
"Fallin' High"

In 2002, Danish electronic percussion duo Safri Duo covered the song featuring Michael McDonald. It was released in June as the fourth and final single from their debut album, Episode II.

Track listing

CD maxi
  1. "Sweet Freedom" (Radio Version) - 3:23
  2. "Sweet Freedom" (Tillmann Uhrmacher Remix) - 7:35
  3. "Sweet Freedom" (Jan Driver Vocal Mix) - 7:41
  4. "Sweet Freedom" (Extended) - 5:09


Chart (2002) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 50
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 50
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[5] 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 29
Italy (FIMI)[7] 39
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 20
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[9] 39
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[10] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 52
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 54


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