“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 in 1994, the song was a hit in many countries, particularly Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and Norway, where it topped the singles charts. “Streets of Philadelphia” achieved greater popularity in Europe than in the United States.
While it peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, it became a #1 single in Germany, France and Austria. It peaked at #2 in the United Kingdom, becoming Springsteen’s highest charting hit in that country, and #4 in Australia. The song was a critical triumph and went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song and four Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo, and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television.
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