Billboard #1 Hits: #490:’Sailing’- Christopher Cross. August 30, 1980. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.
- Single:’ Sailing’- Christopher Cross
- Record Company- Warner Brothers
- Genre: Yacht Rock
- Written by Christopher Cross
- Time: 4:14
- B-side: ‘Poor Shirley’
- Album-Christopher Cross
- Grade: A
- Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100. #48 in UK Singles Chart #1 in Canada.
I must admit that ‘Sailing’ really made no impression on me when I first heard it- in fact I was shocked when it went all the way to #1 on the charts- but over the years the song has grown on me. Christopher Cross had four Top 20 hits on his debut album- this was the second one- the first ‘Ride Like The Wind’ went to #2. Cross was inspired to write this song from a friendship with an older friend in high school who would take him sailing- to get away from his troubles at the time. Christopher Cross was a sensation with this song and first album- winning Record and Song Of The Year- for “Sailing’ and Best New Artist. I am not into Yacht Rock- but I do like this song.