What a Wonderful World

original song written and composed by George Douglas and George David Weiss; first recorded by Louis Armstrong in 1967

"What a Wonderful World" is a song written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss. It was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released in 1967 as a single.

"What a Wonderful World"
Single by Louis Armstrong
from the album What a Wonderful World
ReleasedSeptember 1, 1967
StudioUnited Recording, Las Vegas, Nevada, US
Songwriter(s)Bob Thiele (as George Douglas)
George David Weiss[1]
Producer(s)Bob Thiele[1]
Louis Armstrong singles chronology
"Mi va de cantare"
"What a Wonderful World"
"Hello Brother"

After appearing in the movie Good Morning, Vietnam, the song was re-released as a single in 1988.[2] Armstrong's recording was added in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 117. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.
  2. "Chart History: Louis Armstrong – Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved August 7, 2020.