"Wouldn't It Be Good" is a song written and recorded by singer Nik Kershaw for his 1984 studio album Human Racing.


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Original version[edit]Edit

Song information[edit]Edit

The second single from Kershaw's debut solo album Human Racing, it was among his more popular singles spending three weeks at #4 in the UK charts and becoming a hit throughout Europe. It is also the song with which he is most closely associated in the U.S., where it narrowly missed going Top 40. Kershaw performed this song at Live Aid in London's Wembley Stadium, in July 1985.

Kershaw's prior single, his debut, had failed to be a major hit, and it was on the strength of this record's success that the earlier single, "I Won't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", was promoted for a re-release. This time the single went all the way to #2 in the UK, becoming his highest-charting single there to date.

"Wouldn't It Be Good" was released in a single version and an extended 12" version. The main synth tune was produced using a combination of PPG Wave 2.2 and a Yamaha DX7.[1] A remixby Simon Boswell, clocking in at 7:20, appears on the album Retro:Active 4: Rare & Remixed.

Track listings[edit]Edit

7" single
  1. "Wouldn't It Be Good" — 4:35
  2. "Monkey Business" — 3:28
12" maxi
  1. "Wouldn't It Be Good" (special extended mix) — 6:50
  2. "Monkey Business" — 3:28


Country Certification Date Sales certified
UK[2] Silver March 1, 1984 200,000


Chart (1984–1985) Peak


Austrian Singles Chart[3] 12
Canadian RPM Singles Chart[4] 9
Dutch Mega Top 100[3] 32
French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 35
German Singles Chart[5] 2
Irish Singles Chart[6] 2
Norwegian Singles Chart[3] 6
Spain (AFYVE)[7] 26
Swiss Singles Chart[3] 3
UK Singles Chart[8] 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 46

Cover versions[edit]Edit

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