“Wind of Change” is a power ballad written by Klaus Meine, vocalist of German rock band Scorpions. It appeared on their 1990 album Crazy World but did not become a worldwide hit single until 1991 (just after the failed coup that collapsed the Soviet Communist party), when it topped the charts in Germany and across Europe and hit No. 4 in the United States and No. 2 in the United Kingdom. It later appeared on the band’s 1995 live album Live Bites, their 2000 album with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Moment of Glory, and on their 2001 unplugged album Acoustica.
The band also recorded a Russian-language version of the song, under the title “Ветер перемен” (“Veter Peremen”) and a Spanish version called “Vientos de Cambio”. The band presented a gold record of the single to Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991.
The Scorpions were inspired to write the song on a visit to Moscow in 1989, and the opening lines refer to the city’s landmarks:
I follow the Moskva
Down to Gorky Park
Listening to the wind of change
For peace of mind
Let your balalaika sing
What my guitar wants to say