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People Have the Power

"People Have the Power"
Single by Patti Smith
from the album Dream of Life
B-side "Where Duty Calls",
"Wild Leaves"
Released June 1988 (1988-06)
Format Vinyl 12"
Recorded The Hit Factory
Genre Rock
Length 5:07
Label Arista
Writer(s) Patti Smith, Fred Smith
Producer(s) Fred Smith, Jimmy Iovine
Patti Smith singles chronology
"So You Want
to Be (A Rock 'n' Roll Star)
"People Have the Power"
"Looking for You (I Was)"
Audio sample

"People Have the Power" is a rock song written by Patti Smith and Fred "Sonic" Smith, and released as a lead single from Patti Smith 1988 album Dream of Life. Music video is filmed mostly in black-and-white and features Patti Smith singing, writing and walking.

The song was ranked number 22 on NME magazine's list of the "Singles of the Year".[1]


Chart (1988)[2][3] Position
Mainstream Rock Tracks 19
UK Singles Chart 97


  1. ^ "End of Year Lists". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  2. ^ "Billboard chart". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-03-04. 
  3. ^ "UK chart". Retrieved 2008-03-04. 

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