"Beautiful Life" The Rise of Ace of Base
"Beautiful Life" by Ace of Base is a popular song that was released in 1995 from their album, The Bridge. Co-written by Jonas Berggren and produced by him, Denniz Pop and Max Martin, the song reached number 15 on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart.
It was also successful worldwide, reaching number one on the RPM Dance/Urban chart in Canada and the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in the United States, and making it to the top 10 in several European countries. The single earned a gold record in Australia.
The creation of "Beautiful Life"
The song was written by Jonas Berggren while he was on a flight back from the Canary Islands on January 1, 1994. At the time, Ace of Base was experiencing massive success with their hit track "The Sign," which had reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The success of "The Sign" inspired Berggren to create "Beautiful Life."
Upon hearing some chords on the plane, Berggren started humming a melody and quickly wrote down the lyrics for the song so he wouldn't forget them.
The gospel elements incorporated into the track give it a soulful, uplifting feel. The powerful gospel singing heard towards the end of the track was provided by a four-piece female group that Denniz Pop had. They tracked those vocals many times over for maximum impact.
Success of "Beautiful Life"
"Beautiful Life" was very successful worldwide after the release in October 1995, with the single reaching number one on the RPM Dance/Urban chart in Canada and the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart in the United States.
It also made it to the top 10 in several European countries, including Denmark, Finland, France, Hungary, and Lithuania. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart in its second week, on January 28, 1996.
Outside of Europe, "Beautiful Life" reached number three on the RPM Top Singles chart in Canada, number 11 in Australia, number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number ten on the Cash Box Top 100 in the United States. It earned a gold record in Australia.
The Music Video
The accompanying music video for "Beautiful Life" was directed by British director Richard Heslop, who would later direct the band's video for "Never Gonna Say I'm Sorry."
The video was shot at the YFO Studios in Gothenburg in October 1995. The video features the band performing on a white soundstage with various colorful backgrounds, giving the video a fun and energetic feel.
"Beautiful Life" is an iconic track by Ace of Base that exemplifies the band's unique sound and catchy songwriting.
Its success worldwide is a testament to the band's ability to create music that transcends borders and languages. The song's uplifting message and catchy beats continue to be enjoyed by fans all over the world.
Who wrote "Beautiful Life"?
Jonas Berggren of Ace of Base wrote the song on a flight back from the Canary Islands in 1994.
When was "Beautiful Life" released?
The track was released on October 20, 1995, as the first single from Ace of Base's second album, The Bridge.
Who directed the music video for "Beautiful Life"?
The music video was directed by Richard Heslop, a British director.
What kind of music is Ace of Base known for?
Ace of Base is known for their unique mix of pop, dance, and reggae-inspired beats.
What other popular songs did Ace of Base release?
Other popular songs by Ace of Base include "The Sign," "All That She Wants," and "Don't Turn Around."