“Streets of Philadelphia” is a song written and performed by American rock musician Bruce Springsteen for the film Philadelphia (1993), an early mainstream film dealing with HIV/AIDS. Released as a single in 1994, the song was a hit in many countries, particularly in Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy and Norway, where it topped the singles charts. In the United States, the single peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100.
“Streets of Philadelphia” achieved greater popularity in Europe than in the United States. While it peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it became a number-one single in Germany, France and Austria. It peaked at number two in the United Kingdom, becoming Springsteen’s highest charting hit in Britain, and number four in Australia. As of 2012, “Streets of Philadelphia” ranks as his most recent top ten hit. The song was included on the album All Time Greatest Movie Songs, released by Sony in 1999.
- Bruce Springsteen – vocals, keyboards, drum machine
- Tommy Sims – background vocals