People Make the World Go Round

The Stylistics

About People Make the World Go Round

"People Make the World Go Round" is a song written by Thom Bell, Linda Creed and George Perry, originally recorded by The Stylistics and released in 1972 through Avco Records as the final single from their self-titled debut studio album, The Stylistics (1971). It reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, #25 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #6 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in the United States.


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1983
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Trash men didn't get my trash today
Oh, why
Because they want more pay
Buses on strike want a raise in fare
So they can help pollute the air

But that's what makes the world go 'round
The up and down, the carousel
Changing people's heads around
Go underground, young man
People make the world go 'round

Wall Street losing dough on every share
They're blaming it on longer hair
Big men smoking in their easy chairs
On a fat cigar without a care

But that's what makes the world go 'round
The up and down, the carousel
Changing people, heads around
Go underground, young man
People make the world go 'round

But that's what makes the world go 'round
The up and down, the carousel
Changing people, heads around
Go underground, young man
People make the world go 'round

People make the world go 'round
People make the world go 'round
People make the world go 'round

People make the world go 'round

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The Stylistics

The Stylistics are a soul music vocal group, and were one of the best-known Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. They formed in 1968, and were composed of lead Russell Thompkins, Jr., Herb Murrell, Airrion Love, James Smith, and James Dunn. All of their US hits were ballads, graced by the soaring falsetto of Russell Thompkins, Jr. and the lush productions of Thom Bell, which helped make the Stylistics one of the most successful soul groups of the first half of the 1970s." During the early 1970s, the group had twelve consecutive U.S. R&B top ten hits, including "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)", "You Are Everything", "Betcha by Golly, Wow", "I'm Stone in Love with You", "Break Up to Make Up", and "You Make Me Feel Brand New". more »

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Written by: LINDA DIANE CREED, THOMAS RANDOLPH BELL

Lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc.

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11 facts about this song

Release
"People Make the World Go Round" is a hit single by The Stylistics, released in 1971.
Album
The song is featured on their self-titled debut studio album "The Stylistics".
Songwriters
The song was written by Thom Bell and Linda Creed who are known for their work in the Philadelphia soul music genre.
Theme
The song expresses a social commentary about the environment, economy, and family life, implying that people's actions directly influence the world's operation.
Commercial Success
The song reached number 6 on the Billboard R&B chart in the US.
Inspiration
The lyrical theme was considered unusual for the time period, as most songs from that era are about love and romance.
Cover Versions
The song has been covered by numerous successful artists and bands, including Michael Jackson, Angela Bofill, and Marc Dorsey.
Use in Media
The song has been used in many films and television shows. Notably, it was featured in Spike Lee’s film "Crooklyn" where it helped to set the 1970s atmosphere.
Jazz Influence
Though The Stylistics are primarily known for soul and R&B, the song features a recognizable jazz influence which sets it apart from their other hits.
Longevity
Nearly 50 years after its release, "People Make the World Go Round" remains one of The Stylistics' most popular songs, and it continues to be frequently sampled in the hip-hop genre.
Award
Although not awarded individually, the album on which the song features was nominated for a Grammy award in 1972 under the category of Best R&B performance.

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