Song of the Day: Christopher Cross, “Best That You Can Do (Arthur’s Theme)”

Here’s the theme song from a movie I’ve never seen: 1981’s Arthur, which starred Dudley Moore, John Gielgud, and Liza Minelli. I knew about Dudley Moore, not so much about the other two. It got 6.9 out of 10 stars by people who rated it on IMDb.

Anyway, the theme was written and performed by Christopher Cross, who had the music world on a string until MTV came along. The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Adult Contemporary chart in the US, #2 in Canada, #7 in the UK, and #1 in Norway. He’s still recording, bless him, with his most release being 2017’s Take Me As I Am, on Christopher Cross Records.

16 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Christopher Cross, “Best That You Can Do (Arthur’s Theme)”

  1. This movie was just a little bit before my time, but oh my goodness, I always thought this song was Air Supply!

    Kim

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  2. The movie has some of the best one liners ever. I can’t think of one without the other.

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  3. I remember when he came out with his songs, many girls drooled over him until…MTV and they saw that he looked like a normal bloke, like the nice best friend of a hunk. That’s when everything plummeted which just goes to show what looks mean to people…sad but true. As for the film, I did finally see it about 20 years ago and I wasn’t enamoured with it. I should try it again.

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    1. What’s that song, “video killed the radio star”? Fantastic singer and songwriter and not a bad guitarist, but he looked like the guy who came to fix the refrigerator. Which there’s absolutely nothing wrong with (hey, if he fixes the refrigerator, he’s your hero, right?), and in fact a lot of the ladies who drooled over his music probably met (or will meet) refrigerator repairmen and and fall in love with them…

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