This was the first single released by the American singer-songwriter Willy Mason. Speaking to American Songwriter in a 2012 interview, he told the magazine that the song still touches people eight years after its release. "I've had teachers write me to tell me they play it to their classes," he said. "Or parents say they've played it to their newborn babies. It's a song about wanting to be a good person and help the world. It's nice that a lot of people relate to that kind of thing."
Operatic soprano Renée Fleming covered the song on her 2010 album Dark Hope.
The Four Tops' "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)" was written by the Motown team of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland. The phrase "Sugar pie, honey bunch" was something Dozier's grandfather used to say when he was a kid.
Geffen Records made history on June 27, 1994 when Aerosmith's "Head First" became the first major label song made available for exclusive digital download. Download speeds at the time were so slow it took around 75 minutes to download the track.