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Music video by Tom Cochrane performing Life Is A Highway.

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Life Is a Highway on Wikipedia
"Life Is a Highway"
Single by Tom Cochrane
from the album Mad Mad World
ReleasedSeptember 1991
Recorded1990
GenreRock, heartland rock
Length4:24
LabelCapitol
Writer(s)Tom Cochrane
ProducerTom Cochrane, Joe Hardy
Tom Cochrane singles chronology

"Life Is a Highway" is a song written by Tom Cochrane, from his 1991 album Mad Mad World. The song was Cochrane's most famous song, as it was a number one hit in his native Canada. The song also peaked at number six on the Billboard charts in the United States in 1992. The song has been famously covered by Rascal Flatts for the Cars soundtrack, as well as by Chris LeDoux and Jerry Jeff Walker.

Song information

In the 1990s Cochrane took his family to West Africa where he helped to raise awareness and money for the World Vision famine relief organization. That experience shaped his next album Mad Mad World which contained "Life Is a Highway".

The song was Cochrane's only Top 40 hit in the United States.

Music video

The original video for "Life Is a Highway" was produced by Albert Botha who went on to line produce two films for Saturday Night Live, Superstar starring Molly Shannon and The Ladies Man starring Tim Meadows. The video was shot in Alberta's Badlands, near the city of Drumheller. Many of the shots are in familiar locations along the Dinosaur Trail, including Tom playing guitar amid the 'Hoodoos' and the couple running around the car while it rides the Bleriot Ferry across the Red Deer River. The car which features in the music video is a 1965 Chevrolet Impala Super Sport.

Pop culture

The song was used in 1998 TV advertisements by Cleveland, Ohio-based bank National City Corp.[3]

In 1994 the song was used for promotional purposes for the NBC TV series VIPER as a background track.

In the episode, "Employee Transfer" which aired in the fifth season of The Office, three of the characters sing the song while driving a character from Scranton to Nashua.

Rascal Flatts version

"Life Is a Highway"
Single by Rascal Flatts
from the album Cars
ReleasedJune 6, 2006
FormatDigital download
Recorded2006
GenreCountry rock
Length4:37
LabelLyric Street, Walt Disney
ProducerDann Huff
CertificationPlatinum
Rascal Flatts singles chronology

In 2006, American country band Rascal Flatts covered this song for the Disney/Pixar animated film Cars. The movie was released on June 9, 2006. The song sold a large quantity of digital downloads, leading to a top ten peak on the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, the cover was placed as a bonus track on later versions of the album Me and My Gang, and also was included on their Greatest Hits Volume 1. This version also won the "Favorite Song from a Movie" award at the 33rd People's Choice Awards. The instrumental of the Rascal Flatts' cover version was prominently featured in the Top Gear American special aired February 11, 2007. The song is included on the soundtrack for Lego Rock Band.

Music video

The music video portrays the three band members pulling into a drive-in theater driving three vintage vehicles. The cars are allusive to three characters from the movie: Lightning McQueen, Doc Hudson and Mater. As the projector rolls, scenes from the Disney/Pixar movie Cars are shown as the band plays through the number. It was directed by Shaun Silva.

Charts

The Rascal Flatts version subsequently became a hit on the US Hot 100 chart, where it peaked at number 7. Even though it was not officially released to country radio, many country stations played the song as an album cut, overlapping with their then-current country single "My Wish". The unsolicited country airplay brought "Life Is a Highway" to number 18 on the country chart.

Other covers

In 1998, Chris LeDoux released a cover of "Life Is a Highway" on the album One Road Man. Changes include the timing of vocal entrances on the chorus, and location names between the first and second chorus.[6] This version reached number 64 on the country music charts.

References

  1. ^ a b c d Charts - Life Ia a highway
  2. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1992". http://longboredsurfer.com/charts.php?year=1992. Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  3. ^ http://www.thebizvault.co.uk/Popular-Banks/National-City-Bank.html National City Bank Marketing Strategy
  4. ^ "Rascal Flatts Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Songs for Rascal Flatts. Prometheus Global Media.
  5. ^ "Rascal Flatts Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Rascal Flatts. Prometheus Global Media.
  6. ^ Chris LeDoux: The Singing Bronc Rider
   

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