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Charted: March 15, 1975

Rating: 4.667 (average of 3 ratings)

Genre: R&B

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Shining Star
  2. That’s the Way of the World
  3. Happy Feelin’
  4. All about Love
  5. Yearnin’ Learnin’
  6. Reasons
  7. Africano
  8. See the Light


sales in U.S. only 5 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 5 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 1 3
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Shining Star (2/8/75) #1 US, #1 RB. Sales: ½ million
  • That’s the Way of the World (7/5/75) #12 US, #5 RB. Airplay: 1 million

Notes: A 1999 reissue adds “Caribou Chaser” and earlier, alternate versions of “Shining Star,” “That’s the Way of the World,” “All about Love,” and “Happy Feelin’.”


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

That’s the Way of the World
Earth, Wind & Fire
“Earth, Wind & Fire has delivered more than its share of excellent albums, but if a person could own only one EWF release, the logical choice would be That’s the Way of the World, which was the band’s best album as well as its best-selling” (Henderson).

Open Our Eyes had been a major hit and sold over half a million units, but it was World that established EWF as major-league, multi-platinum superstars. Fueled by gems ranging from the sweaty funk of Shining Star and Yearnin’ Learnin’ to the gorgeous ballad Reasons and the unforgettable title song, EWF’s sixth album sold at least five million units. Some of the tracks that weren’t major hits, such as the exuberant Happy Feelin’ and the gospel-influenced See the Light, are equally powerful” (Henderson).

“There are no dull moments on World, one of the strongest albums of the 1970s and EWF’s crowning achievement” (Henderson).

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Last updated May 30, 2008.