Ordinary World (4:36)

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“Ordinary World” is the first single from Duran Duran’s self-titled 1993 album, better known as The Wedding Album. The song peaked at No. 3 in the American charts and No. 6 in the British charts.

By the early 90s, Duran Duran’s popularity had faded. Their album Liberty had proved a commercial failure, its two singles failing to make a significant showing on British or American charts.

It wasn’t until Capitol leaked “Ordinary World” to a radio station in Florida in the autumn of 1992 that it looked like Duran Duran mania might yet hit again. The single proved so popular that Capitol had to push the US release date up, ultimately releasing it in December. In the UK, the original January release date stood. The song can be credited as introducing Duran Duran to a new generation of fans.

Simon LeBon would go on to sing the song with Pavarotti at a WarChild benefit, which was released on home video as Pavarotti & Friends: Together for the Children of Bosnia. Le Bon later said of the event, “If you’re talking about name dropping, he’s one of the biggest names you could drop, Pav-The-Man.”

The strings in the song were arranged and performed by Nick Rhodes, using a Kurzweil K2000, a digital synthesizer that was highly advanced for its time.

The song won an Ivor Novello Award in May 1994 and later featured in the soundtrack to the film Layer Cake in 2005.

The music video was filmed by director Nick Egan at Huntington Gardens in San Marino, California.

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  • cronacanera

    Every artist strives to create a "big song" that will forever be etched on the Human Race's mind, this for me is their's, remarkable song that at the time of release mystified me because I didn't think they were capable, wonderful [3] ♡

    7 Dec 4:37pm Reply
  • kikaby

    uuu kocham

    1 Nov 11:18am Reply
  • DeValanten

    Never get tired of this song...an endless classic!

    17 Oct 1:38pm Reply
  • erica7even

    will always be my fave of my fave band

    16 Oct 4:56pm Reply
  • SSBN623

    this was a knock-off of Beatles day in the life

    10 Oct 9:08pm Reply
  • madnessXD

    That solo

    1 Oct 10:30pm Reply
  • tigerwolf1

    And as I try to make my way to the ordinary world, I will learn to survive...

    12 Aug 9:47pm Reply
  • stevevicious

    Used to hate the Duran Duran back then, because they were a fashion ... I am amazed I like listening to them now .... after all that crap that has been promoted by the music "industry" ever since .....

    27 Jul 5:23pm Reply
  • Stilf

    ;-)))

    27 Jul 11:31am Reply
  • KALEIDOSCOPEMAM

    the eigthies... the best music. Memories

    17 Jul 6:38am Reply
  • SophiaRaiCho

    So good. [:

    23 Jun 4:46am Reply
  • The_Sun_XIX

    so good

    15 Jun 6:57pm Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

    `✶*❤ ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✿¸¸.•*¨*•♫ღ✿ღ ♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ღ✿ღ¸¸♫•*¨*•¸❤`✶* `✶*❤ ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✿¸¸.•*¨*•♫ღ✿ღ ♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ღ✿ღ¸¸♫•*¨*•¸❤`✶* `✶*❤ ♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸✿¸¸.•*¨*•♫ღ✿ღ ♫•*¨*•.¸¸ ღ✿ღ¸¸♫•*¨*•¸❤`✶*

    20 May 11:09pm Reply
  • soepras

    nice

    14 May 1:52am Reply
  • lordof_thechavs

    Great song.

    11 May 12:46am Reply
  • peach1987

    wonderful :)

    3 May 3:28pm Reply
  • supermediadave

    Somehow have to find....

    7 Apr 5:17am Reply
  • phaull

    só lembranças.......

    26 Mar 12:28am Reply
  • JakeyWHFC

    Let's av a nice cuppa tea ....

    23 Mar 4:46pm Reply
  • allgonetomorrow

    "Every artist strives to create a "big song" that will forever be etched on the Human Race's mind, this for me is their's, remarkable song that at the time of release mystified me because I didn't think they were capable, wonderful" - very well put

    18 Mar 11:01pm Reply
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