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You're the Voice

"You're the Voice"
Single by John Farnham
from the album Whispering Jack
B-side "Going, Going, Gone"
Released September 1986
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD
Recorded 1985-1986
Genre Rock, pop rock
Length 5:04
Label Wheatley Records
Writer(s) Andy Qunta, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder, Chris Thompson
Producer(s) Ross Fraser
John Farnham singles chronology
"Love (It's Just the Way It Goes)"
"You're the Voice"
"Pressure Down"
John Farnham singles chronology
"Help (live)"
"You're the Voice (live)"
"Everything's Alright"

"You're the Voice" is a song written by Andy Qunta, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder and Chris Thompson. Australian singer John Farnham recorded the song for his album Whispering Jack released in 1986.[1][2] The song was awarded the 1987 ARIA Award for "Single of the Year". The song was one of the biggest hits of 1986 in Australia, topping the Kent Music Report Singles Chart for seven weeks from 3 November to 21 December.[3]

It is also one of Farnham's biggest international successes, reaching the top 10 in the UK and many continental European countries, as well as the top 20 in Canada. In the US, the track performed relatively poorly, missing the chart on its initial 1987 issue. BMG/RCA rereleased the song in the US in February 1990 after Farnham made the Adult Contemporary charts 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 by Heart in 1991.


  • Pop culture appearances 1
  • Chart history 2
  • Heart version 3
    • Chart performance 3.1
  • World Liberty Concert 4
    • Track listing 4.1
  • Other cover versions 5
  • Sampling 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Pop culture appearances

The song appeared in the 2007 film Hot Rod and was featured on the film's soundtrack. The song appears in a scene when the main character, Rod, is preparing to jump 15 buses to raise money to save his stepfather. Some of the crowd are also involved in singing along to it and a small three-piece bagpipe band is shown walking along the road in time to the song's version of the same.

The song was also featured on the soundtrack for the video game Grand Theft Auto: Episodes from Liberty City on the fictional in-game radio station "Vice City FM". It was also used in the Coca-Cola Light "Applause"' advertisement.

Another appearance was in a 2012 Ford Australia TV commercial to advertise the company's SYNC voice control system. Due to the TV ad, people downloaded the song and it reappeared in the ARIA Top 100 Singles Chart at No. 64.[4]

The song features in Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa during the "low speed" police chase and is on the film's accompanying soundtrack.

The song was featured as an outtake for the BBC series Bradley James mimed the lyrics.

Peter Kay's character John Redmond sang along to the song at the start of Episode 6 in Peter Kay's Car Share [5]

Chart history

Chart (1986–87) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[3] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 20
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[8] 12
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 1
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 3
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11] 15
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 3
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[14] 6
Chart (1990) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 82

Heart version

"You're the Voice"
Single by Heart
from the album Rock the House Live!
B-side "Wild Child" (live)
Released October 1991
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD
Recorded November 1990
Genre Rock
Length 5:05
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Andy Qunta, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder, Chris Thompson
Producer(s) Richie Zito
Heart singles chronology
"You're the Voice"
"Will You Be There (In the Morning)"

As a lead promotion for their first live album 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 #20 on the US Mainstream Rock chart, whilst it was a minor hit in the UK reaching #56.

It was released in multiple limited edition formats in different territories, with the UK boasting the highest number of these :

  1. 7" etched one-sided single
  2. 7" red vinyl single
  3. 10" red vinyl single
  4. 12" etched one-sided single
  5. CD single

A studio version of the track had been recorded in late 1989 as part of the sessions for the Brigade album, though the track did not make the album cut track list. This studio version would not see release until its later inclusion on a greatest hits package, Greatest Hits: 1985–1995, in July 2000.

Chart performance

Chart (1991) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart[16] 65
UK Singles Chart[17] 56
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart[18] 20
"You're the Voice"
Single by Alan Parsons
Released 1995 (1995)
Format CD single
Length 9:04
Label CNR Music
Producer(s) Alan Parsons
Certification STEMRA
Alan Parsons chronology
Luciferama (Live)
You're the Voice
Brother up in Heaven

World Liberty Concert

"You're the Voice" was performed at the World Liberty Concert in 1995 by 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 and Gelders Opera and Operetta Gezelschap (GOOG) choir. The song was arranged by Andrew Powell and conducted by Dick Bakker.[21] 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).[22]

Track listing

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

Other cover versions

Alan Parsons - You're The Voice - (Audio Lyrics) - 1995


A UK hardcore track released by Waxman in 1996 sampled "You're The Voice".


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  3. ^ a b 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.
  4. ^ The ad on Ford Australia's website. Retrieved 26 October 2012.
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  6. ^ " – John Farnham – You're the Voice" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. ^ " – John Farnham – You're the Voice" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. ^ Canadian peak
  9. ^ " – John Farnham – You're the Voice". GfK Entertainment.
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  11. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – John Farnham search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  12. ^ " – John Farnham – You're the Voice". Singles Top 60.
  13. ^ " – John Farnham – You're the Voice". Swiss Singles Chart.
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