Sunshine of Your Love (4:10)

Cover of The Cream of Clapton

From The Cream of Clapton and 92 other releases

“Sunshine of Your Love” is a song by the British supergroup Cream, released on the Disraeli Gears album. It was Cream’s best-selling song and Atlantic Records’ best-selling to date as well. It features a distinctive guitar/bass guitar riff and an acclaimed guitar solo from Eric Clapton. It was written by bassist Jack Bruce, Pete Brown, and Clapton. In 2004, the song was named the 65th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. In 2009 it was named the 44th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.

Development of the song began in January 1967 when Bruce and Clapton attended a Jimi Hendrix show at the Saville Theatre in London. Inspired by the likes of Richard Wetherell and rock drummer, Bruce returned home and wrote the now memorable guitar riff that runs throughout the song. The lyrics to “Sunshine of Your Love” were written during an all-night creative session between Bruce and Brown, a poet who worked with the band: “I picked up my double bass and played the riff. Pete looked out the window and the sun was coming up. He wrote ‘It’s getting near dawn and lights close their tired eyes…’” Clapton later wrote the chorus (“I’ve been waiting so long…”) which also yielded the song’s title.

Clapton’s guitar tone on the song is created using his 1964 Gibson SG guitar and a Marshall amplifier. It is also believed that a Vox Clyde McCoy Picture Wah is placed fully in the bass position for the solo section. The song is renowned among guitarists as perhaps the best example of his legendary late-’60s “woman tone”, a thick yet articulate sound that many have tried to emulate.

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  • rowboyjohn

    Saw them on the Eel pie island on the Thames. "Simply the best" a night never to be forgotten

    17 Oct 7:32pm Reply
  • TWHsr

    Still cool.

    6 Oct 4:36am Reply
  • supermediadave

    Amazing is the only way to describe this classic.

    12 Sep 3:43am Reply
  • buschdr77

    so steht man auf!!und so ins bett!!clasiker

    29 Aug 8:58am Reply
  • gotgore101

    Flower Power, yeah!!!!!!!!!!!

    28 Aug 2:29am Reply
  • djsweetlips1971

    THANKS, I accept!

    20 Aug 10:37pm Reply
  • oldjoebarry

    One of the absolute great early Rock n' Roll Classics

    19 Aug 9:41pm Reply
  • LoLo4386

    kench's room

    17 Aug 7:51pm Reply
  • Aragorn17

    Cream is the mother of all Supergroups in future!Ginger Baker,Eric Clapton ,Jack Bruce Nothing else to say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    15 Jul 3:54pm Reply
  • YoQueSe666

    You can’t help thinking of the ‘60s when you hear the opening riff of this Cream hit: the Jack Bruce-penned riff seamlessly sets the atmosphere for the blues and psychedelic rock track. “Sunshine of Your Love”’ is also significant for exemplifying Eric Clapton’s distorted and muted guitar sound dubbed the “woman tone.” Add Ginger Baker’s flamboyant, jazz-inspired drums and you’ve got a gold-certified single by the world’s first successful supergroup. -- watchmojo

    3 Jul 3:45pm Reply
  • cannibal_ism666

    great riff [2]

    23 Jun 9:13pm Reply
  • elmerfudd28

    pass the lettuce.

    17 May 5:36am Reply
  • daled560

    saw them live in usa

    17 May 1:53am Reply
  • gjstuart

    I love how Eric and Jack switch off singing the verses....They sound so similar.

    16 May 3:07pm Reply
  • eaglekeeper50

    Any one old as I am? saw them live in England.

    11 May 10:00am Reply
  • Druid66

    One of the most accurate names any band has ever had... is this one's. The Cream continues to rise to the top!

    4 May 8:10am Reply
  • TWHsr

    They are always good.

    19 Apr 6:02am Reply
  • ledzeppelinu2

    great riff

    7 Apr 4:39am Reply
  • marjo47

    Sunshine that is what I feel with this song. thanks brumbear63

    1 Apr 4:21pm Reply
  • desmetthierry

    Just Creamy & so Délicious... SLURP !!!

    20 Mar 5:11pm Reply
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