I Can See Clearly Now” is a song written and recorded by Johnny Nash. It was a single from the album of the same name and achieved success in the United States and the United Kingdom when it was released in 1972, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
It was covered by many artists throughout the years, including a 1993 hit version by Jimmy Cliff, who re-recorded it for the motion picture soundtrack of Cool Runnings, where it reached the top 20 at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song’s optimistic lyrics, an unabashedly upbeat tempo in D-major, and a quick, sustained midway crescendo, contrasted against minor key hits popular at the same time, such as “Nights In White Satin”, “I’ll Be Around”, “Witchy Woman” and “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”. Nash recorded it in London with members of the Fabulous Five Inc.
The song’s promotional video is set near the White House in Washington, D.C., which at the time of the release was in the beginning stages of the Watergate scandal. (source Wikipedia)