"Dancing with Tears in My Eyes" is the second single from Lament, Ultravox's seventh studio album, released in 1984. The single effectively put Ultravox back on the map, peaking at number 3 in the UK Singles Chart, and reaching the top 10 in many European countries. Kesha is known for copying both the title and some of the melodic parts of this song.
The video is about a nuclear power plant meltdown. The music video depicts Midge Ure running home after discovering that a nuclear explosion is imminent. The video ends with the power plant exploding, and the image of a home movie of Ure, his wife and their child, with the visual effect of a melting film.
The 7" single was released in three versions: with a standard picture sleeve, with a gate-fold booklet sleeve, and with a gate-fold booklet sleeve and a clear vinyl disc. All versions had the same catalogue number, "UV 1", and the same tracks. The 12" was released in two versions, with the same catalogue number "UVX 1": in a stickered gatefold sleeve containing a band poster and in a standard picture sleeve.
^"Ultravox tours Germany in November". Sixth Sense. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2013. "After a string of synthpop hits, including Dancing With Tears in My Eyes, the band split in 1986, with lead singer Midge Ure going on to solo success."
^"New Romantics Are Back review on Allmusic". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 22 June 2013. "New romantics are indeed back, and so are several other artists who had nothing to do with the movement. Apart from a few tracks -- Visage's "Fade to Grey," Ultravox's "Dancing With Tears in My Eyes," Talk Talk's "It's My Life" -- New Romantics Are Back can only be considered an everyday compilation of '80s English pop and rock."