The World's Greatest

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"The World's Greatest"
R. Kelly - The World's Greatest.jpg
Single by R. Kelly
from the album Ali: Original Soundtrack and Chocolate Factory (Bonus Disc Version)
B-side "I Decided"
Released February 18, 2002
Format CD
Recorded 2001
Genre
Length 4:37 (Radio Edit)
Label Jive
Songwriter(s) Robert Kelly
Producer(s) R. Kelly
R. Kelly singles chronology
"A Woman's Threat"
(2001)
"The World's Greatest"
(2002)
"Ignition (Remix)"
(2002)

"A Woman's Threat"
(2001)
"The World's Greatest"
(2002)
"Ignition (Remix)"
(2002)
Chocolate Factory track listing
24 tracks
Track list
  1. "Chocolate Factory"
  2. "Step in the Name of Love"
  3. "Heart of a Woman"
  4. "I'll Never Leave"
  5. "Been Around the World"
  6. "You Made Me Love You"
  7. "Forever"
  8. "Dream Girl"
  9. "Ignition"
  10. "Ignition (Remix)"
  11. "Forever More"
  12. "You Knock Me Out"
  13. "Step in the Name of Love (Remix)"
  14. "Imagine That"
  15. "Showdown"
  16. "Snake"
  17. "Who's That"
Loveland bonus disc
  1. "Loveland"
  2. "What Do I Do"
  3. "Heaven I Need a Hug"
  4. "The World's Greatest"
  5. "Far More"
  6. "Raindrops"
  7. "Apologies of a Thug" (Europe bonus track)

"The World's Greatest" is a song written and recorded by R&B singer R. Kelly. The song was originally featured on the soundtrack to the film Ali,[1] and also appeared on bootleg copies of Kelly's unreleased album, Loveland, which later became a bonus disc to Chocolate Factory.[2] It was covered by folk singer Bonnie Prince Billy on his 2007 EP Ask Forgiveness.

Music video[edit]

The music video is directed by Bille Woodruff. Kelly is a boxer in this video, playing the part of Muhammad Ali, as this song was originally a tribute to him. There is no color in the video except for red, Kelly's boxing clothes happen to have that color.

Reception and awards[edit]

The song reached number 31 on the Billboard R&B chart.[3] Its music video, which portrayed Kelly as a boxer,[4] was in heavy rotation on channels like MTV and BET. In the UK, it peaked at number four.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single[5]
  1. "The World's Greatest" (Radio Edit)
  2. "The World's Greatest" (Album Version)
  3. "I Decided"

Charts[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Year Artist Album
2007 Bonnie Prince Billy Ask Forgiveness
2012 Ellen and the Escapades All The Crooked Scenes

References[edit]

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  30. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2002" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 7 April 2018. 
  31. ^ "British single certifications – R. Kelly – The World's Greatest". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 7 April 2018.  Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter The World's Greatest in the search field and then press Enter.