Ordinary World

Ordinary World
"Ordinary World"
Single by Duran Duran
from the album Duran Duran (The Wedding Album)
B-side "My Antarctica"
Released December 1992 (U.S.)
January 1993 (UK)
Format 7", CD
Recorded Privacy, London
Genre Alternative rock, soft rock
Length 5:39 (album version)
4:43 (single version)
Label EMI - DD 16
Writer(s) Duran Duran (Simon Le Bon, Warren Cuccurullo, Nick Rhodes & John Taylor)
Producer Duran Duran with John Jones
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Duran Duran singles chronology
"Ordinary World"
"Come Undone"
The Wedding Album track listing
"Too Much Information"
"Ordinary World"
"Love Voodoo"

"Ordinary World" is the first single from Duran Duran's self-titled 1993 album, better known as The Wedding Album. The song peaked at No. 3 in the American charts and No. 6 in the British charts. Simon LeBon, the vocalist, later sang this song with Luciano Pavarotti, to help children affected by war in Bosnia & Herzegovina.



By the early '90s, Duran Duran's popularity had faded. Their album Liberty had proved a commercial failure, its two singles failing to make a significant showing on British or American charts.

It wasn't until Capitol leaked "Ordinary World" to a radio station in Florida in the autumn of 1992 that it looked like Duran Duran mania might yet hit again. The single proved so popular that Capitol had to push the US release date up, ultimately releasing it in December. In the UK, the original January release date stood. The song can be credited as introducing Duran Duran to a new generation of fans.

Simon LeBon would go on to sing the song with Pavarotti at a WarChild benefit, which was released on home video as Pavarotti & Friends: Together for the Children of Bosnia. Le Bon later said of the event, "If you're talking about name dropping, he's one of the biggest names you could drop, Pav-The-Man."[1]

The keyboards in the song were arranged and performed by Nick Rhodes John Jones (record producer) and Welsh born session musician Matt Thomas formally of Krazy Keyboards. Steve Ferrone is on drums, recorded at Maison Rouge.

The song won an Ivor Novello Award in May 1994 and later featured in the soundtrack to the film Layer Cake in 2005.

The music video was filmed by director Nick Egan at Huntington Gardens in San Marino, California.

The lyrics to "Ordinary World" were written by Simon Le Bon as the second of a trilogy of songs for his late friend David Miles; the others being "Do You Believe in Shame?" (1988) and "Out of My Mind" (1997).

B-sides, bonus tracks and remixes

"My Antarctica", a song from the band's previous album Liberty, featured as the main B-side of the "Ordinary World" single.

Many other older singles were also used as B-sides. To capitalise on the success of "Ordinary World" and the new Duran Duran fans it was finding, EMI used the single's release to lure these new fans to the band's back catalogue. This mini-Decade was spread over the two CD singles released during the campaign.

Other mixes

There were several other versions of "Ordinary World" released:[1]

  • The "Acoustic Version" was recorded at the May 15 "No Ordinary Tour" live performance at Tower Records in Hollywood, which was simulcast to Hard Rock Cafés around the world. This live version was found on a number of "Ordinary World" releases outside the UK, most notably the Canadian and American cassette single and featured additional musicians, Gerry L and AD'A. It would eventually be released in the UK on the first CD single for "Come Undone".[2]
  • The "AC Edit" was featured on a US promo CD that came packaged with the Decade album.
  • A live version recorded on Simon Mayo's Radio 1 show featured as a B-side to the band's later 1995 single "White Lines".
  • An extended version recorded at Sony Studios in New York City for Hard Rock Live was included on a promotional 2-track CD in June 2000 by the band's new label Hollywood Records, running at 6:08.
  • Live version released on 'From Mediterranea With Love' a promotional EP digital release in December 2010

Other appearances

Apart from the single, "Ordinary World" has also appeared on :


  • Duran Duran (1993)
  • Greatest (1998)
  • Singles Box Set 1986-1995 (2005)
  • Layer Cake OST



  • From Mediterranea With Love (2010)

Track listings

7" Parlophone / DD 16 (UK)
  1. "Ordinary World" (Single version) – 4:43
  2. "My Antarctica" – 5:00
MC Capitol / 7 44908 4 (U.S.)
  1. "Ordinary World" – 5:39
  2. "Ordinary World" (Acoustic version) – 5:05
  3. "Save a Prayer" (Live from the Arena) – 6:11
  • Also released in Canada (Capitol / C4-44908)
CD Parlophone / CD DDS 16 (UK)
  1. "Ordinary World" – 5:49
  2. "Save a Prayer" – 5:25
  3. "Skin Trade" – 4:25
  4. "My Antarctica" – 5:00
  • This CD comes in a 2-CD case that also houses CD DDP 16.
CD Parlophone / CD DDP 16 (UK)
  1. "Ordinary World" (Single version) – 4:43
  2. "The Reflex" – 4:25
  3. "Hungry Like the Wolf" – 3:25
  4. "Girls on Film" – 3:30
  • This CD was released as a picture disc.
CD Capitol / C2
  1. "Ordinary World" – 5:39
  2. "My Antarctica" – 5:00
  3. "Save a Prayer" – 5:25
  4. "UMF" – 5:33
CD Capitol / DPRO-79607 (US)
  1. "Ordinary World" (Single edit) – 4:28
  2. "Ordinary World" (AC edit) – 4:31
  3. "Ordinary World" (Acoustic version) – 5:05
  4. "Ordinary World" (LP version) – 5:39
  • Two-disc US promo. Second CD is Decade. Housed in exclusive sleeve.
CD 10 of Singles Box Set 1986-1995 boxset
  1. "Ordinary World" (Single version) – 4:43
  2. "My Antarctica" – 5:00
  3. "Ordinary World" – 5:49
  4. "Save a Prayer" – 5:25
  5. "Skin Trade" – 4:25
  6. "The Reflex" – 4:25
  7. "Hungry Like the Wolf" – 3:25
  8. "Girls on Film" – 3:30


Peak positions

Chart (1993) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[3] 18
Austrian Singles Chart[3] 15
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Dutch Top 40[4] 14
French SNEP Singles Chart[3] 6
German Singles Chart[5] 16
Irish Singles Chart[6] 3
Italian Singles Chart[7] 2
Norwegian Singles Chart[3] 5
Swedish Singles Chart[3] 2
Swiss Singles Chart[3] 11
UK Singles Chart[8] 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 3
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks[9] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[9] 14
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream[9] 1

End of year charts

End of year chart (1993) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 34


Country Certification Date Sales certified
U.S.[11] Gold March 19, 1993 500,000

Cover versions

"Ordinary World"
Single by Aurora featuring Naimee Coleman
from the album Dreaming
Released 1999
Format CD single
Recorded 1998
Genre Progressive house/Progressive trance
Length 4:26
Label U-Music
Writer(s) Duran Duran
Aurora chronology
"Hear You Calling"
"Ordinary World"
"The Day It Rained Forever"


  1. ^ Tom McClintock's Duran Duran discographyPDF (216 KiB)
  2. ^ The Duran Duran Timeline: 1993
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Ordinary World", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  4. ^ "Single top 100 over 1993" (in Dutch) (pdf). Top40. http://www.top40.nl/pdf/Top%20100/top%20100%20-%201993.pdf. Retrieved 15 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Duran Duran singles, German Singles Chart" (in German). musicline. http://www.musicline.de/de/chartverfolgung_summary/artist/Duran+Duran/single. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  6. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  7. ^ Italian Single Chart Hit parade Italia (Retrieved May 30, 2008)
  8. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved April 7, 2008)
  9. ^ a b c d Billboard Allmusic.com (Retrieved September 5, 2008)
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1993". http://longboredsurfer.com/charts.php?year=1993. Retrieved 2010-08-27. 
  11. ^ U.S. certifications, database riaa.com (Retrieved September 5, 2008)

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