Dressed for Success

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For the Ugly Betty episode, see Dress for Success (Ugly Betty).
"Dressed for Success"
Single by Roxette
from the album Look Sharp!
Released Sweden: 28 June 1988,
Worldwide: October, 1989,
UK: October, 1990
Format CD, 7", 12"
Recorded 1988
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:09
Label EMI
Writer(s) Per Gessle
Producer(s) Clarence Öfwerman
Certification Gold (Canada, Sweden)
Roxette singles chronology
"The Look"
"Dressed for Success"
"Listen to Your Heart"
Alternative cover

"Dressed for Success" was released on 28 June 1988 and is the third single from the Swedish pop duo Roxette's 1988 album Look Sharp!. Originally, "Dressed for Success" was their first Swedish single to promote Look Sharp! album in 1988.


The recording of the song was marked by a dispute between the band members but this apparently contributed to the strength of Marie's performance :-

"I was so mad when I did it. Everything about that session went wrong, we argued about the arrangement, we changed the key, I was dead tired of the song when I went in to do a guide vocal. Did it in one blast and suddenly realized, "hmm... this is it"."

Marie Fredriksson, Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! liner notes.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song mostly evolved on the duo performing together in a colorful "nightclub ruins" as several dancers, and even groups of party-goers, swayed into the song.


"Dressed for Success" was most successful in Sweden and Australia, where it peaked in the top three. It also was a moderate success across North America and Europe, and peaked at #14 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1989) Position
Australian Singles Chart[2] 20

Track listings[edit]

Released: 1988-06-28 // HMV / 1363207

Released: 1989-10 // / 1363522

  • CDM
  1. "Dressed for Success"
  2. "Dressed for Success" (The Look Sharp! mix)
  3. "The Voice"

Released: 1990-10 // EMI / EM 162


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