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Ue o Muite Arukō "I Shall Walk Looking Up" is a Japanese-language song that was performed by Japanese crooner Kyu Sakamoto, and written by lyricist Rokusuke Ei and composer Hachidai Nakamura
The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100
charts in the United States in 1963, and remains to date the only Japanese-language song ever to have done so. In addition, it was and still is one of the few non-Indo-European languages
' songs to have reached the top of the US charts.
It is one of the best-selling singles
of all time, having sold over 13 million copies worldwide. The original Kyu Sakamoto recording also went to number eighteen on the R&B chart. In addition, the single spent five weeks at number one on the Middle of the Road
charts. The recording was originally released in Japan by Toshiba
in 1961. It topped the Popular Music Selling Record chart in the Japanese magazine Music Life
for three months, and was ranked as the number one song of 1961 in Japan.