1996: Time to Say Goodbye by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman

Composed by Francesco Sartori (music) and Lucio Quarantotto (lyrics). The song was originally called Con te Partirò (Italian to English translation: With you I shall leave) and first performed by Andrea Bocelli at the 1995 Sanremo Music Festival in Italy and included on his second studio album, Bocelli. In Germany, East West Records (in conjunction with Polydor) marketed a version of Con te Partirò, retitled Time to Say Goodbye, with some lyrics changed, as the theme song for the final match of German boxer Henry Maske. They also decided to turn the retitled song into a duet with Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman. German music producer Frank Peterson, who had previously worked with Sarah Brightman, chose to give the song an English title rather than the German title, Mit Dir Werde Ich Fortgehen. Recording of the song took place at Peterson’s Nemo Studio in Hamburg, Germany. The boxing match took place on 23rd November 1996 (watched by a television audience of 21 million) with Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman performing the song to open the match. Although the song is most associated with sporting events, it has featured frequently in film and television and is very popular at funerals.

Weekly Chart History (1996 – 1997)Peak Position
Austria1
Belgium6
Canada33
Czech Republic 9
France25
Germany1
Ireland1
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Singles Chart8
Netherlands Top 100 Singles Chart5
Scotland2
Sweden31
Switzerland1
United Kingdom2
Year-End Chart History (1997)Final Position
Austria3
Germany1
Netherlands Top 100 Singles Chart 40
Romania100
Switzerland1