Looks Like We Made It

Album: This One's For You (1976)
Charted: 1

Songfacts®:

  • Pianist Richard Kerr, who wrote the music for Manilow's first hit "Mandy," wrote the music for this song. Will Jennings, who has contributed lyrics for songs by Eric Clapton, Dionne Warwick, Bonnie Raitt, Diana Ross and many others, wrote the lyrics. Jennings explains:
    "You walk into a party. Someone you used to love and someone who used to love you is there. You are each with someone else. 'Looks like we made it, left each other on the way to another love... looks like we made it, or I thought so until the day, until you were there, everywhere, and all I could taste was love the way we made it'... real life. And if you feel that way, you didn't make it." (Check out our interview with Will Jennings.)
  • Jennings and Kerr teamed up to write Manilow's 1979 hit, "Somewhere In The Night." Over the next few years, Jennings wrote a lot of songs for The Crusaders and Steve Winwood.
  • This song was used in a 2012 commercial for the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck that aired during the Super Bowl. In the spot, a Silverado drives through an apocalyptic scene and meets up with other dusty owners of these trucks. The Fords, which they claim are less dependable, didn't make it.

Comments: 1

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn May 23, 1977, Barry Manilow was a guest on the Philadelphia-based syndicated television program 'The Mike Douglas Show'...
    At the time his "Looks Like We Made It" was at position #33 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; eight weeks later it would peak at #1 {for 1 week} and it spent 19 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on May 28th it also reached #1 {for 3 weeks} on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    Between 1974 and 1986 he had twenty-seven records on the Top 100 chart; eleven* made the Top 10 with three reaching #1, his other two #1 records were "Mandy" for 1 week in 1975 and "I Write The Songs" for 1 week in 1976...
    Mr. Manilow, born Barry Alan Pincus, will celebrate his 74th birthday next month on June 17th, 2017...
    * He just missed having twelve Top 10 records when "Ready To Take A Chance Again" peaked at #11 in 1978.
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