This is the most performed and translated song of all time. While this is a difficult claim to justify ("Yesterday
" and "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
" come to mind), here is the case Sherman makes:
"I'm certain that there are a number of ring tones which, now logged much like any other form of song, would probably surpass You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' and Yesterday too. In dealing strictly with radio play, Yesterday may in fact be able to make a claim here, but we're not talking about radio play only. The thing to remember is that It's A Small World is not a radio song and the 'Most performed or translated' assertion does not necessarily apply to radio performances or internet downloads for that matter. I believe that the 'Most performed and translated' statement is more of a global statement. It is not limited to one venue or another (i.e. ringtones or radio plays). For example, neither Yesterday nor Lovin' Feeling are featured on an amusement park ride which plays non-stop, 16 hours a day on an endless loop in four (soon to be five) locations worldwide. I can tell you that the 'Most Performed' assertion is well known in licensing and merchandising circles, but it's probably more of an obvious assumption based on the number of plays which It's A Small World gets on the four theme park rides, all day long, every day. I think the first time I heard this claim made was by Disney CEO Michael Eisner at the Hollywood bowl back in 1985. I guess I defend the statement by saying that not all music statistics can be established using conventional means. Since 1983, there has not been a moment when "It's A Small World" wasn't playing in at least two locations on the globe. Who else can claim that? As far as its having been translated into more languages than "Yesterday" or "Lovin' Feeling," I think that becomes self-evident to anyone who's ridden the ride as well. Most performed, yes, obviously. Most translated, yes to that as well."