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Song Review: What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

Amelia has over 25 yrs of experience in the IT, Training and Education, and eLearning industry. She is also an author of over 14 books.

Most of us are familiar with the beautiful, inspiring, song called "What a Wonderful World", sung by Louis Armstrong. I heard this song on the radio recently and tears filled my eyes. It reminded me of the first time I heard the song, at a graduation ceremony, and all the inspirational messages in the lyrics. It inspired me to download the song and research the history of the singer, as well as write about the meaning of the song’s lyrics.

Please take a moment to watch this beautiful musical video of the song:

What a Wonderful World Song Rating

The song, "What a Wonderful World" was written by Bob Thiele and George Weiss. It was released as a single in 1968, but re-released in 1988, after it was used in the movie Good Morning, Vietnam, starting Robin Williams. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

The song is sung by Louis "Louie" Armstrong, a musician and jazz player. Louis Armstrong was one of the most influential jazz artists in history. He became famous in the 1920’s with his unique style of playing the coronet and trumpet.


The song "What a Wonderful World" is one of the most beautiful songs, which inspires all of us to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the world.

Our wonderful earth

Our wonderful earth

How does the song make us feel?

  • It reminds us to not take things for granted, but instead appreciate the wonder of the world around us.
  • It makes us cry.
  • It grabs our attention and makes us think twice.
  • It helps to spread some good cheer among us.
Good cheer!

Good cheer!

Simple But Meaningful Lyrics:

In the opening lines, "I see trees of green, red roses too", this reminds us to take notice of the trees, greenery, and flowers around us. The next time you are outside, walking or driving your car, take notice of the beautiful trees and flowers around you.

The second verse, "I see skies of blue, and clouds of white", reminds us to look up and appreciate the beautiful deep blue sky, and the white fluffy clouds, and the air we breathe.

One of my favorite lines is "The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky". This reminds me of seeing an actual rainbow...have you seen one? It is a glorious feeling and something you cannot take your eyes off of.

"I see friends shaking hands" reminds us of to love they neighbor.

Love They Neighbor

Love They Neighbor

Finally, in the closing verse, the lines "I hear babies cry, I watch them grow" is ever so touching and reminds us of how precious child are, and how quickly children grow into adults, right in front of our eyes.

Happy Kids

Happy Kids

In Closing:

Put simply, the song, "What a Wonderful World" is full of hope, optimism, and joy.

The Lyrics Come to Life in This Colorful Childen's Book (by the same authors of the song)

This hubpage is dedicated to the beautiful voice and inspiring words sung by Louis Armstrong.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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© 2012 Amelia Griggs


Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on January 21, 2015:

Thanks for sharing. It seems each of us has a special memory that makes this song extra special. For me, I remember when they played it at my daughter's kindergarden graduation and it brought tears to my eyes, still does. My daughter is now 21. The song reminds us about our wonderful world!

Happiness always to you. :-)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 21, 2015:

I remember when this first came out. We were in college listening to 60s rock and suddenly this song hits the Top 50 and it's like WHAT??? And then we really listened to it and fell in love with it.

Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on December 08, 2014:

Thanks, Ron, I'm glad you liked the hub and song, its one of my favorites!

Ronald E Franklin from Mechanicsburg, PA on December 08, 2014:

When I first heard this song, I was disappointed because there was no Armstrong trumpet solo. But then the power of his vocal caught me, and I've loved it ever since. Thanks for reminding me of it.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on May 04, 2013:

I love this song. It seems to speak to me. It' one of those songs that make you feel happy to be alive. Up and awesome.

Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on January 04, 2013:

Thanks, icmn91!!! It definitely makes me feel wonderful each time I listen to it. :-)

icmn91 from Australia on January 04, 2013:

This song always makes me reflect on my life. I remember doing it in a school choir. Just singing (or hearing) the unique melody is so relieving (especially after a bad day), not to mention how beautiful it sounds when in perfect harmony. Really well done.

Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on November 25, 2012:

Thanks, timeiske0425!

timisle0425 on November 25, 2012:


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