Written by Colin Vearncombe and originally recorded and released under his band name 'Black', the 1986 recording of Wonderful Life went on to sell millions of records worldwide. Since then, the song has been covered and re-charted by a succession of artists from across the globe in a wide variety of genres and styles.
Wonderful Life has featured extensively in successful commercials in Europe, Japan, Australia and South Africa and in several feature films and TV shows.
This site is an official celebration of the song and everything surrounding it.
The song holds a special meaning to a lot of people. There's a growing collection of the personal stories on tumblr and here's a random selection (click/touch the graphic to see a different one).
The album as a whole I used to play in the car on constant rotation as I roamed the countryside as the country rep for Polygram records back in 1988. It saved my sanity often driving for hours on end from one town to the next. The Festival Records rep had given me a copy as we used to swap CD’s with all the music reps. Thanks Colin! many memories… JCountry Rep days…
When I first heard this song in 1988 I was in the U.S. Coast Guard and stationed on large ship called the Rush sailing in the Pacific ocean for 3 months at a time away from my wife. I was miserable, yet this song made life seem wonderful and gave me strength. I am eternally grateful to artists like Colin that write songs that can help us through times like those. I am sure this song has helped many people, but at the time it felt like it was written specifically for me and my situation, for that I thank Colin. To the gentleman “Mr” that asked about the meaning of this song since your wife wants this song played at her funeral. I hope this is a future request and if not, my condolences. I would guess each of us have our own take on the song that goes beyond the lyrics. To me it’s about appreciating life. In my life the cup isn’t half full, it’s overflowing and for that I am thankful.Focusing on the best things in life
Hello Colin,I was riding along New Brighton front on my way to a Motorcycle sprint,when i was stopped and asked to take part in a pop video ,at the time i didn’t know what is was for,people had seen it on a music channel on TV,and there was i ,a 3 second clip on my motorcycle,still ride motorcycles today if you need me again ,give us a shout ,thanks for the memory ,Tony and Family.Tony Morton