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"You're the Voice" is a song written by Andy Qunta, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder and Chris Thompson, and recorded by the Australian singer John Farnham for his album Whispering Jack, released in 1986.[1][2] "You're the Voice" was one of the biggest hits of 1986 in Australia, topping the Kent Music Report
Kent Music Report
singles chart for seven weeks from 3 November to 21 December.[3] The song was also awarded the 1987 ARIA Award for "Single of the Year". "You're the Voice" would re-enter the Australian singles chart more than 25 years after its original release (reaching No. 64), thanks to its appearance (to advertise the company's SYNC voice control system) in a 2012 Ford TV commercial.[4] The power ballad[5] is also one of Farnham's biggest successes in Europe, charting at No. 1 in Germany and Sweden and reaching the Top 10 in Austria, Ireland, Switzerland and the UK. Although "You're the Voice" was also successful in Canada (reaching the Top 20), in the US, the track performed relatively poorly, missing the chart on its initial 1987 issue. BMG/RCA re-released the song in the US in February 1990 after Farnham made the Adult Contemporary
Adult Contemporary
chart with "Two Strong Hearts". Farnham's version eventually spent eight weeks on the US charts, peaking at No. 82, but in the US the song is probably best known for a charting version issued in 1991 by the band Heart.


1 Chart history 2 Uses in popular culture 3 Heart version

3.1 Chart performance

4 World Liberty Concert

4.1 Track listing

5 Other cover versions 6 Sampling 7 References 8 External links

Chart history[edit]

Chart (1986–87) Peak position

Australian Singles Chart[3] 1

Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 6

Belgium ( Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 20

Belgium ( Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[8] 13

Canada Top Singles (RPM)[9] 12

Germany (Official German Charts)[10] 1

Ireland (IRMA)[11] 3

Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 15

New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[13] 13

Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 1

Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[15] 3

UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[16] 6

Chart (1990) Peak position

US Billboard Hot 100[17] 82

Uses in popular culture[edit] The song has been featured in numerous TV and film productions, including the film Hot Rod, the BBC series Merlin, and comedian Peter Kay's Car Share.[18] Heart version[edit]

"You're the Voice"

Single by Heart

from the album Rock the House Live!

B-side "Wild Child" (live)

Released October 1991 (1991-10)


7-inch single 12-inch single CD single

Recorded November 1990

Genre Rock

Length 5:05

Label Capitol


Andy Qunta Keith Reid Maggie Ryder Chris Thompson

Producer(s) Richie Zito

Heart singles chronology

"Secret" (1991) "You're the Voice" (1991) "Will You Be There (In the Morning)" (1993)

As a lead promotion for their first live album Rock the House Live!
Rock the House Live!
in 1991, US rock band Heart released their live version of "You're the Voice" as a single. It was captured during the US leg of their Brigade world tour in November 1990. The single performed moderately well, reaching No. 20 on the US Mainstream Rock chart. In the UK, the single was a minor hit, reaching No. 56. It was released in multiple limited edition formats in different territories, with the UK boasting the highest number of these:

7" etched one-sided single 7" red vinyl single 10" red vinyl single 12" etched one-sided single CD single

A studio version of the track had been recorded in late 1989 as part of the sessions for the Brigade album, though it did not make the album track list. This studio version would not see release until July 2000, when it was included on the greatest hits package, Greatest Hits: 1985–1995. Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak position

Canadian Singles Chart[19] 65

UK Singles Chart[20] 56

U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart[21] 20

"You're the Voice"

Single by Alan Parsons

B-side "White Dawn"

Released 1995 (1995)

Format CD single

Recorded February 1995

Studio Parsonics, Santa Barbara, California


Rock pop

Length 4:14 (radio edit)

Label CNR Music

Songwriter(s) Andy Qunta, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder, Chris Thompson

Producer(s) Alan Parsons

Alan Parsons
Alan Parsons
singles chronology

"Luciferama (live)" (1994[22]) "You're the Voice" (1995) "Brother up in Heaven" (1996[23])

World Liberty Concert[edit] "You're the Voice" was performed at the World Liberty Concert
World Liberty Concert
in 1995 by Alan Parsons
Alan Parsons
Band, Chris Thompson, and Metropole Orkest. The only official release associated with the concert, the single featured a studio recording of the song, rather than the live version. The B-side was a live recording of "White Dawn", which was performed by the Metropole Orkest
Metropole Orkest
and Gelders Opera and Operetta Gezelschap (GOOG) choir. The song was arranged by Andrew Powell and conducted by Dick Bakker.[24] During the performance of "White Dawn", a battle was simulated that included gunfire, which can be heard around the middle of the recording. The radio edit of the "You're the Voice" single was also featured on Alan Parsons: The Very Best Live (1995).[25] Track listing[edit]

" You're the Voice
You're the Voice
(Radio Edit)" – (Qynta, Thompson, Reid, Ryder) – 4:14 "White Dawn" – (Parsons) Lead Vocals Chris Thompson – 4:50

Other cover versions[edit]

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In 1989, Scottish singer Barbara Dickson covered it on her album Coming Alive Again. In 1990, David Foster
David Foster
included a cover on his album River of Love with Jeff Pescetto on vocals. In 1993, Lavrentis Machairitsas
Lavrentis Machairitsas
covered the song with Greek lyrics on his album Rixe Kokkino Sti Nihta. The song was later performed as a mash-up of the original and the cover version in the first season of The Voice of Greece.[26] In 1995, Alan Parsons
Alan Parsons
included a live recording on his album "The Very Best Live," sung by co-author Chris Thompson. In 1996, Christian singer Rebecca St. James
Rebecca St. James
covered it on her album God. In 2004, British vocal group G4 covered it on their album G4 & Friends. A happy hardcore bootleg remix of the song was released by DJ Impact in 2006.[27] In 2010, power metal band Blind Guardian
Blind Guardian
covered the song for inclusion on their album At the Edge of Time. In 2012, British heavy metal band I Am I released a cover as a single. An audio sample can be heard on their official website.[28] In 2013, Welsh rock band Attack! Attack!
Attack! Attack!
covered the song on their third album "Long Road To Nowhere". In 2013, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange
Julian Assange
performed a spoof of the video wearing a platinum mullet wig in Juice Rap News
Juice Rap News
episode 20 as part of his Australian Senate election campaign.[29] The spoof was subsequently taken down due to a copyright claim by Fable Music Pty Ltd.[30] In 2016, Jørn Lande
Jørn Lande
recorded a cover for his Heavy Rock Radio covers album.

Sampling[edit] A UK hardcore track released by Waxman in 1996 sampled "You're The Voice". References[edit]

^ McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'John Farnham'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 29 August 2004. Retrieved 16 May 2014.  ^ "Voice Events – The Official John Farnham
John Farnham
Fan Club – You're the Voice". Retrieved 18 January 2009.  ^ a b Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book
1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  Note: Kent Music Report (KMR) was used contemporaneously for Australian Singles and Albums charting from mid-1974 until Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) created their own charts in mid-1988. In 1992, Kent back calculated chart positions for 1970–1974. ^ The ad on Ford Australia's website. Retrieved 26 October 2012. ^ "The 21 best power ballads".  ^ "Austriancharts.at – John Farnham
John Farnham
– You're the Voice" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. ^ "Ultratop.be – John Farnham
John Farnham
– You're the Voice" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. ^ "Wallonia peak".  ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". www.collectionscanada.gc.ca.  ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – John Farnham
John Farnham
– You're the Voice". GfK Entertainment Charts. ^ "irishcharts.ie search results". Retrieved 18 January 2009.  ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – John Farnham" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40. ^ "Charts.org.nz – John Farnham
John Farnham
– You're the Voice". Top 40 Singles. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – John Farnham
John Farnham
– You're the Voice". Singles Top 100. ^ "Swisscharts.com – John Farnham
John Farnham
– You're the Voice". Swiss Singles Chart. ^ "john-farnham - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com.  ^ "allmusic - John Farnham
John Farnham
- Billboard singles". Retrieved 18 January 2009.  ^ "BBC Playlists - Peter Kay's Car Share: Forever FM". BBC.  ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2012-01-13.  ^ "heart - full Official Chart History - Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com.  ^ "Heart". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-01-13.  ^ cite web url=http://www.discogs.com/Alan-Parsons-Luciferama/release/2074884 title= Alan Parsons
Alan Parsons
– Luciferama (Live) website= Discogs
date= accessdate=2014-01-27 ^ cite web url=http://www.discogs.com/Alan-Parsons-Brother-Up-In-Heaven/release/1757288 title= Alan Parsons
Alan Parsons
– Brother Up In Heaven website= Discogs
date= accessdate=2014-01-27 ^ " Alan Parsons
Alan Parsons
– You're The Voice". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-27.  ^ " Alan Parsons
Alan Parsons
– The Very Best Live". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-01-27.  ^ Artsitas, Konstantinos. "The Voice: Δείτε την εντυπωσιακή έναρξη του πρώτου Live". Must. Retrieved 28 March 2014.  ^ "Impact* - Ballistic Bootlegs 9". Discogs.  ^ Theart, ZP. "I AM I - The Official website of Heavy Rock Band I AM I, featuring singer ZP Theart". iamiofficial.com.  ^ " Julian Assange
Julian Assange
Rocks Out In Spoof Election Video".  ^ Farrant, Hugo & Nanni, Giordano (Writers & Producers) (25 August 2013). Aussie Election: A Game of Polls - feat. Julian Assange Farnham [RAP NEWS 20] (YouTube video). Ecuadorian embassy, London: Juice Rap News. 

External links[edit]

Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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John Farnham

Studio albums

Sadie Everybody Oughta Sing a Song Looking Through a Tear Christmas Is... Johnny Farnham Johnny Together Johnny Farnham Sings the Shows Hits Magic & Rock 'N Roll Johnny Farnham Sings Hits from the Movies J.P. Farnham Sings Uncovered Whispering Jack Age of Reason Chain Reaction Then Again... Romeo's Heart 33⅓ The Last Time I Remember When I Was Young: Songs from the Great Australian Songbook Jack Friends for Christmas

Live albums

Johnny Farnham Sings The Big Hits Of '73 Live! Full House Live At The Regent Theatre Highlights from The Main Event John Farnham
John Farnham
& Tom Jones – Together in Concert The Acoustic Chapel Sessions Two Strong Hearts
Two Strong Hearts

Compilation albums

The Best of Johnny Farnham Johnny Farnham's Greatest Hits Anthology 1: Greatest Hits 1986–1997 Anthology 2: Classic Hits 1967–1985 (Recorded Live) Anthology 3: Rarities Love Songs One Voice: The Greatest Hits The Essential The Essential 3.0

Videos & DVDs

The Main Event Anthology - The Videos An Audience with John Farnham The Last Time One Voice: The Greatest Clips John Farnham
John Farnham
& Tom Jones – Together in Concert Classic Jack Live! Chain Reaction Live in Concert With The Sydney Symphony Live at the Sydney Opera House Two Strong Hearts
Two Strong Hearts

EPs & Singles

"Sadie (The Cleaning Lady)" "Underneath the Arches" "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" "One" "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" "Help!" "You're the Voice" "Pressure Down" "A Touch of Paradise" "Reasons" "Age Of Reason" "Two Strong Hearts" "Beyond the Call" "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby" "Everything's Alright" "Everytime You Cry" "The Last Time" "We Will Rock You" "Downhearted" "Even When I'm Sleeping"

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Studio albums

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Live albums

Greatest Hits/Live Rock the House Live! The Road Home Alive in Seattle Dreamboat Annie
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Greatest Hits/Live These Dreams: Greatest Hits Greatest Hits Greatest Hits: 1985-1995 The Essential Heart Love Alive Love Songs Playlist: The Very Best of Heart Strange Euphoria


"Crazy on You" "Magic Man" "Dreamboat Annie" "Barracuda" "Little Queen" "Kick It Out" "Heartless" "Straight On" "Dog & Butterfly" "Without You" "Even It Up" "Bebe le Strange" "Tell It Like It Is" "Unchained Melody" "This Man Is Mine" "How Can I Refuse?" "Allies" "What About Love" "Never" "These Dreams" "Nothin' at All" "If Looks Could Kill" "Alone" "Who Will You Run To" "There's the Girl" "I Want You So Bad" "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You" "Tall, Dark Handsome Stranger" "I Didn't Want to Need You" "Stranded" "Secret" "You're the Voice" "Will You Be There (In the Morning)"

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