Release Date

November 1, 1972

“The World Is a Ghetto” is a song written and performed by War. The song was produced by Jerry Goldstein and was featured on their 1972 album The World Is a Ghetto. The single version radio edit was less than 4 minutes. The album version, over 10 minutes long, featured a third verse, a longer intro, a saxophone solo in the instrumental section, and an extended coda featuring an electric guitar solo while War repeatedly sang the song’s title before the fade. It reached #3 on the U.S. R&B chart and #7 on the U.S. pop chart in 1973. It also reached the Top 40 in Canada. The song ranked #94 on Billboard magazine’s Top 100 singles of 1973.