Superman (It's Not Easy)

"Superman (It's Not Easy)"
Single by Five for Fighting
from the album America Town
Released April 2001
Format CD single
Recorded 1998–2000
Genre Soft rock
Length 3:42
Label EMI
Writer(s) John Ondrasik
Producer(s) Gregg Wattenberg
Five for Fighting singles chronology
"Easy Tonight"
"Superman (It's Not Easy)"
"Easy Tonight"
Music video
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"Superman (It's Not Easy)" is a song written and recorded by American singer Five for Fighting. The lyrics focus on the iconic hero Superman, specifically how, in the opinion of the singer, his life as a hero is surprisingly difficult despite his immense power. It was released in April 2001 as the second single from his album America Town. The song was first released in 2000, and debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at number 38 on October 27, 2001. It managed to peak at number 14 on the chart. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 44th Grammy Awards in 2002.

Music video

The music video was directed by Ramaa Mosley and premiered in June 2001. A scene from this video was filmed at Yonge Street and Richmond Street in Toronto, Ontario. At the end of the song's music video, John Ondrasik lies in bed with his own wife and son.


"Superman (It's Not Easy)" became popularized by the aftermath of the September 11 attacks and during its release was used to honor the victims, survivors, police and firefighters involved in the attacks.

Chart (2001–02) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[7] 2
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[8] 54
Ireland (IRMA) 5
Italy (FIMI)[9] 11
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 43
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 2
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 12
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 48
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 14
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[14] 15
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[15] 1
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[16] 2

Other uses

'It's Not Easy' was the song which backed the Vancouver Canucks' pre-game tribute video to Rick Rypien, following his death at the age of 27 in 2011.


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