Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel 1986 Sledgehammer 45

You could have a steam train
If you'd just lay down your tracks
You could have an aeroplane flying
If you bring your blue sky back

Peak Chart Position
  • No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1986 for one week
  • peaked at No. 4 on the UK Singles chart in 1986
  • from the album So (1986)
  • the biggest hit for Gabriel and his only No. 1 on the Hot 100
  • on the record:
         Peter Gabriel- vocals, synthesizers, piano
         Tony Levin- bass
         David Rhodes- guitar
         Daniel Lanois- guitar
         Manu Katché- drums
         Memphis Horns:  Wayne Jackson- trumpet
                                     Mark Rivera- tenor saxophone
                                     Reggie Houston- baritone saxophone
                                     Don Mikkelson- trombone
  • written by Peter Gabriel
  • produced by Daniel Lanois
  • recorded at Ashcombe Studios, near Bath, England
  • the music video for "Sledgehammer" is still the most played in MTV history
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