Easy Lover

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"Easy Lover"
Seven-inch vinyl single
Single by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins
from the album Chinese Wall
B-side "Woman"
Released November 1984 (US),
February 1985 (UK)[1]
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1984
Genre Dance-rock, progressive rock
Length 4:50 (Single Edit)
5:02 (Album Version)
6:18 (Extended Version)
Label Columbia/CBS
Writer(s) Philip Bailey, Phil Collins and Nathan East
Producer(s) Phil Collins
Philip Bailey singles chronology
"Easy Lover"
"Photogenic Memory"
Phil Collins singles chronology
"Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"
"Easy Lover"
"One More Night"
Alternative cover
European 7" release cover

"Easy Lover" is a hit song performed by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins, and written by Bailey, Collins, and Nathan East. The song appeared on Bailey's solo album Chinese Wall. Collins has performed the song in his live concerts and it appears on his 1990 album Serious Hits... Live!, as well as his 1998 compilation album, ...Hits.

The song was a hit in several countries worldwide. In the US it reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100; kept out of the top spot for two weeks by "I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner, but in the UK Singles Chart it reached No. 1, staying there for four weeks.[2] The single sold over a million copies in the United States was certified gold, as the RIAA requirement for a platinum single disc was not lowered to 1,000,000 units until 1989. In addition, "Easy Lover" has been certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of over 400,000 in the UK and platinum in Canada by Music Canada.[3][4][5][6]

"Easy Lover" won an MTV Video Music Award for Best Overall Performance in a Video in 1985 and was Grammy nominated for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocals in 1986.[7][8]

The light hearted video for the song was filmed in London, England and is essentially a music video about the making of a music video.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly singles charts[edit]

Chart (1984-1986) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[9] 73
Austrian Singles Chart 18
Canada (The Record)[10] 1
Dutch Top 40[11] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[12] 5
French Singles Chart 14
German Singles Chart 5
Irish Singles Chart 1
Italy (FIMI)[13] 18
Oricon Japanese Weekly Singles Chart 19
Oricon Japanese International Chart 1
Spain (AFYVE)[14] 11
Swedish Singles Chart 10
Swiss Singles Chart 8
UK Singles Chart 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 15
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 5
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 3
U.S. Cash Box 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Rank
Canada [15] 4
UK [16] 7
US Billboard Hot 100 [17] 12
US Cash Box [18] 7



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  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 447. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - March 29, 2014". RIAA. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
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  6. ^ "Music Canada : Gold Platinum Database". Musiccanada.com. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  7. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards History: Best Overall Performance". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  8. ^ "Grammy Awards: Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Group or Duo". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  9. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  10. ^ Lwin, Nanda. Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide (2000). Mississauga, Ont.: Music Data Canada
  11. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 4, 1985". Retrieved 2008-03-01. 
  12. ^ Nyman, Jake (2005). Suomi soi 4: Suuri suomalainen listakirja (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Tammi. ISBN 951-31-2503-3. 
  13. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Indice per Interprete: C". Hit Parade Italia. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 
  14. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  15. ^ http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/rpm/028020-119.01-e.php?&file_num=nlc008388.0619&type=1&interval=50&PHPSESSID=hfqghgi7qo83i9lhvl8q3orfj0
  16. ^ http://www.uk-charts.top-source.info/top-100-1985.shtml
  17. ^ http://www.musicoutfitters.com/topsongs/1985.htm
  18. ^

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Careless Whisper" by Wham!
Canadian RPM number-one single
February 9, 1985 – February 16, 1985
Succeeded by
"I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner
Preceded by
"You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" by Dead or Alive
UK number one single
23 March 1985 - 13 April 1985
Succeeded by
"We Are the World" by USA for Africa
Preceded by
"Like a Virgin" by Madonna
Japanese Oricon International Singles Chart number one single
4 March 1985 – 11 March 1985
Succeeded by
"The NeverEnding Story" by Limahl