In This Life (Collin Raye song)

"In This Life" is a song written by Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin, and recorded by American country music singer Collin Raye that reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. It was released in July 1992 as the first single and title track from his CD In This Life.

"In This Life"
Single by Collin Raye
from the album In This Life
B-side"Blue Magic"
ReleasedJuly 27, 1992
Songwriter(s)Mike Reid, Allen Shamblin
Producer(s)Garth Fundis, John Hobbs
Collin Raye singles chronology
"Every Second"
"In This Life"
"I Want You Bad (And That Ain't Good)"

Critical receptionEdit

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that the "control, emotion, and integrity with which Raye delivers such tender material is seldom achieved."[1]

Chart performanceEdit

The song debuted at No. 58 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart dated August 1, 1992. It charted for 20 weeks on that chart, and became his second Number One single on the chart dated October 3, 1992, where it remained for two weeks. It also peaked at No. 21 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[2]


Chart (1992) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[3] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[4] 21
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1992) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[6] 43
US Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 22

Cover versionsEdit

The song appears on the album One Careful Owner by Michael Ball. The song appears on the album Now's the Time (4 P.M. album) by the group 4 P.M.. Bette Midler recorded the song for her album Bette of Roses. The song appears on the 1996 album N Dis Life by Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwoʻole. Amy Hanaiali'i covered it again in her 2008 album, 'Aumakua. In 2005, Irish pop band Westlife recorded and included the song on their album, Face to Face.

Ronan Keating versionEdit

"In This Life"
Single by Ronan Keating
from the album Ronan
Released24 November 1999 (as digital download)
2 December 2000 (as single)
Songwriter(s)Mike Reid, Allen Shamblin
Producer(s)Stephen Lipson
Ronan Keating singles chronology
"The Way You Make Me Feel"
"In This Life"
"Lovin' Each Day"

Irish singer Ronan Keating covered the song for his debut solo album Ronan, released in 2000. As part of a Pepsi promotion, a 3" CD single of "In This Life" was issued in December 2000 exclusively in Tesco stores. The song failed to chart due to its ineligibility, as 3" singles are not able to chart. On October 17, 2009, Keating performed the song at the funeral of his bandmate Stephen Gately, and as such, the track entered the Irish Singles Chart at number 45 for the week of October 22, 2009.

Track listingEdit

  1. "In This Life" - 3:10
  2. "Exclusive Ronan Interview" - 10:00
  3. "CD-Rom Footage"

Westlife versionEdit

Irish boyband Westlife sang a version of the song on their 2005 album Face To Face. Due to its popularity and its many downloads, Westlife's version got to Number 87 in the UK Singles Chart.

Charts (2005) Peak
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 87


  1. ^ Billboard, August 1, 1992
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 978-0-89820-177-2.
  3. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 1898." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. October 17, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  4. ^ "Collin Raye Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  5. ^ "Collin Raye Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1992". RPM. December 19, 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.
  7. ^ "Best of 1992: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1992. Retrieved August 15, 2013.

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