I Can See Clearly Now

"I Can See Clearly Now"
I can see clearly now (Johnny Nash).jpg
Single by Johnny Nash
from the album I Can See Clearly Now
B-side "How Good It Is"
Released June 23, 1972
Format 7" single
Recorded 1972
Genre Reggae
Length 2:45
Label Epic
Songwriter(s) Johnny Nash
Producer(s) Johnny Nash
Johnny Nash singles chronology
"Stir It Up"
"I Can See Clearly Now"
"There Are More Questions Than Answers"
"Stir It Up"
“I Can See Clearly Now”
"There Are More Questions Than Answers"

“I Can See Clearly Now” is a song written, composed, and originally recorded by Johnny Nash. It was a single from the album of the same name and achieved success in the United States and the United Kingdom when it was released in 1972, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was covered by many artists throughout the years, including a 1993 hit version by Jimmy Cliff, who re-recorded the song for the motion picture soundtrack of Cool Runnings, where it reached the top 20 at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Johnny Nash version

After Nash wrote and composed the original version, he recorded it in London with members of the Fabulous Five Inc.,[citation needed] and produced it himself. Its arrangements and style are both heavily laced with reggae influences. Nash had collaborated with Bob Marley in the past,[citation needed] and his approach drew strongly from Marley's reggae style.

Track listings

7" single
  1. "I Can See Clearly Now" – 2:44
  2. "How Good It Is" – 2:38
7" single
  1. "I Can See Clearly Now" – 2:44
  2. "Cupid" – 3:30

Chart performance

After making modest chart advances for a month, the RIAA-certified gold single unexpectedly took only two weeks to vault from No. 20 to No. 5 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 4, 1972, remaining atop this chart for four weeks, and also spent the same four weeks atop the adult contemporary chart.[1]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[12] Gold 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Chart succession

Preceded by
"My Ding-a-Ling" by Chuck Berry
Billboard Hot 100 number one single (Johnny Nash version)
November 4, 1972 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" by The Temptations
Preceded by
"If I Could Reach You" by The Fifth Dimension
Billboard Easy Listening Singles number one single (Johnny Nash version)
November 4, 1972 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I'd Love You to Want Me" by Lobo

Jimmy Cliff version

Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff recorded a cover of the song for the 1993 movie Cool Runnings.[13] It was released as a single in 1994, reaching No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was Cliff's first single to make the Hot 100 in 25 years, and is his highest-charting single in the United States.

"I Can See Clearly Now"
Single by Jimmy Cliff
from the album Cool Runnings soundtrack
B-side "Sweet Jamaica" by Tony Rebel
Released 1993
Format CD single
Recorded 1993
Genre Pop-reggae
Length 3:16
Label Chaos
Songwriter(s) Johnny Nash
Producer(s) Paul Henton

Charts and certifications

Weekly charts

Chart (1993–1994) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[14] 17
Canada (RPM)[15] 16
France (SNEP)[16] 1
Germany (Official German Charts)[17] 52
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[18] 39
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[19] 1
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[20] 23
US Billboard Hot 100[21] 18
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[22] 9
US Adult Contemporary Recurrents (Billboard)[6] 2
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (Billboard)[23] 11
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[24] 98
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[25] 7

Year-end charts

Chart (1994) Position
France (SNEP)[26] 11
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[27] 66

Sales and certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[28] Silver 285,000[29]

Chart succession

Preceded by
"It Keeps Raining" by Bitty McLean
New Zealand RIANZ number-one single
January 16, 1994 - February 20, 1994 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Heater" by The Mutton Birds
Preceded by
"Je danse le Mia" by IAM
French SNEP number-one single
June 18, 1994 - July 2, 1994 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Like To Move It" by Reel 2 Real feat. The Mad Stuntman

Other covers

The song also appears in various other films, such as Grosse Pointe Blank, The Break-up, Thelma & Louise, Antz, Deep Blue Sea, Envy, Hitch, Igor, Shrek 2's "Far Far Away Idol," "Viktor Vogel – Commercial Man," and Jennifer's Body, as well in a 2009 advertisement for Lipton in the Middle East and Russia. It is also briefly sung by Cheech in the movie Up in Smoke.

It has also been covered by these artists:

In November 2002, the song was featured prominently in "The Freak," an episode of the NBC police drama television series Boomtown.

In November 2016, a cover version of the song by the Hothouse Flowers was featured in the premiere episode of British Motoring show, The Grand Tour, causing the song to reach the number 1 position on the iTunes's Top 40 UK Rock Song chart in late 2016.


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