who is the original singer of life is a highway?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    "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, and was ubiquitous on Canadian radio in 1991. The song also peaked at number six on the Billboard charts in the United States in 1992.

    In the 1990's 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 although he continued to have significant hits in Canada.

    In 1998, Chris LeDoux released "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. This version also appears on LeDoux's 20 Greatest Hits, released June, 1999.

    The song was brought back into prominence when it was the first song performed at Live 8 Barrie July 2, 2005.

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    [edit] Rascal Flatts version

    In 2006, American country music band Rascal Flatts remade 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 Hot 100.

    The Rascal Flatts version subsequently became a country radio hit, and entered Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart in August 2006. It became the new theme song for Airos Adventures and can also be heard in most episodes.

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    Life's like a road that you travel on

    When there's one day here and the next day gone

    Sometimes you bend, sometimes you stand

    Sometimes you turn your back to the wind

    There's a world outside every darkened door

    Where blues won't haunt you anymore

    Where the brave are free and lovers soar

    Come ride with me to the distant shore

    We won't hesitate, break down the garden gate

    There's not much time left today

    Chorus:

    Life is a highway

    I want to ride it all night long

    If you're going my way

    I want to drive it all night long

    Through all these cities and all these towns

    It's in my blood and it's all around

    I love you know like I loved you then

    This is the road and these are the hands

    >From Mozambique to those Memphis nights

    The Khyber Pass to Vancouver's lights

    Knock me down get back up again

    You're in my blood I'm not a lonely man

    There's no load I can't hold

    Road so rough, this I know

    I'll be there when the light comes in

    Tell 'em we're survivors

    (chorus x2)

    There was a distance between you and I

    A misunderstanding once but now

    We look it in the eye

    There's no load I can't hold

    Road so rough this I know

    I'll be there wehn the light comes in

    Tell 'em we're survivors

    (chorus x3)

    Source(s): wikipedia
  • 1 decade ago

    "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, and was ubiquitous on Canadian radio in 1991. The song also peaked at number six on the Billboard charts in the United States in 1992.

    The song was Cochrane's only Top 40 hit in the United States although he continued to have significant hits in Canada.

    In 1998, Chris LeDoux released "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. This version also appears on LeDoux's 20 Greatest Hits, released June, 1999.

    The song was brought back into prominence when it was the first song performed at Live 8 Barrie July 2, 2005.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Tom Cochrane wrote the song for his 1991 album Mad Mad World.

    In 1998 Chris LeDoux released "Life Is a Highway" on his album One Road Man.

    In 2006 Rascal Flatts remade this song for the Disney/Pixar animated film Cars.

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