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“You’re the Voice” is a powerful rock anthem by Australian singer John Farnham. Released in September 1986, the song became one of Farnham’s most successful and iconic tracks, marking a high point in his career. It was the lead single from his album “Whispering Jack,” which solidified his status as a major artist in the music industry.

John Farnham You're the Voice Single Cover

“You’re the Voice” was written by a team of songwriters: Andy Qunta, Keith Reid, Maggie Ryder, and Chris Thompson. The song’s creation was a collaborative effort, with each songwriter contributing to its impactful lyrics and stirring melody. Farnham, who had experienced moderate success earlier in his career, saw “You’re the Voice” as a defining moment, revitalizing his popularity and establishing him as a prominent figure in the rock and pop music scene. The song’s lyrics convey a message of empowerment and the importance of standing up and making one’s voice heard. It calls for unity and action, encouraging people to speak out against injustices and strive for change. The chorus, with its powerful declaration “You’re the voice, try and understand it / Make a noise and make it clear,” encapsulates the song’s central theme of using one’s voice as a tool for positive impact.

“You’re the Voice” was a massive commercial success, particularly in Australia and Germany, where it reached number one on the charts and became one of the best-selling singles. It also enjoyed success in other countries, reaching the top ten in several European countries, including the UK, where it peaked at number six. The song’s popularity helped propel the “Whispering Jack” album to record-breaking sales, making it one of the highest-selling albums in Australian history.

John Farnham – You’re the Voice – Lyrics