Hungry Eyes

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"Hungry Eyes"
Single by Eric Carmen
from the album Dirty Dancing: Original Soundtrack From The Vestron Motion Picture
Released November 7, 1987
Recorded 1987, Beachwood Studios, Beachwood, OH
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:06
Label RCA
Writer(s) John DeNicola, Franke Previte
Producer(s) Eric Carmen
Eric Carmen singles chronology
"The Rock Stops Here"
"Hungry Eyes"
"Make Me Lose Control"

"Hungry Eyes" is a song performed by Eric Carmen, a former member of the band Raspberries, and was featured in the film Dirty Dancing.[1] The song was recorded at Beachwood Studios in Beachwood, OH in 1987. "Hungry Eyes" peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #3 on the Cash Box chart in 1988. The song was not released commercially in the UK, but it managed to peak at #82 in January 1988, having charted purely on import sales.

Song writers Franke Previte and John De Nicola, wrote the song, as well as another hit from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" and the 2010 “The Time (Dirty Bit)", performed by the Black Eyed Peas. [2]

Cover versions[edit]

It's also been covered by Swedish singer Anders Fernette and by New Found Glory, and features as a bonus track on the Japanese/UK version of their covers album From the Screen to Your Stereo Part II.

About the performer[edit]

Eric Carmen, the performer of “Hungry Eyes,” was originally in a band called Raspberries, which became a sensation that swept the Cleveland, Ohio area in the early 1970s. The band broke up in 1974. The following year, Carmen released his first solo album, Artista, with the hit “All By Myself,” that became a Top 40 hit single. Between 1977 and 1980, Carmen released three other albums on Artista, Change of Heart,” a hit released in 1978, with the same titled album, Change of Heart. It was not until 1984 when Carmen made it into the charts with the "Almost Paradise (Love Theme from Footloose)).” Carmen’s biggest hit, “Hungry Eyes,” was written for the film Dirty Dancing, which became his most known hit from 1987.[3]

Jimmy Ienner, the producer of Carmen’s band from his early career, Raspberries, asked him to sing this song for the Dirty Dancing album because he was familiar with Carmen’s musical style. Carmen was hesitant to produce a song for another film sound track because he believed that sound track music had “horrible deaths,” but Carmen recorded an extremely popular song that can still be heard on radio stations and TV commercials today.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

Besides being an iconic song for the Dirty Dancing film, “Hungry Eyes,” has been heard in popular culture across the world. In Ireland, fast food restaurant, abrakebabra, in Australia, the chain Hungry Jacks, and in Canada the fast food chain Tim Hortons all used “Hungry Eyes” in their television commercials. Abrakebabra and Hungry Jack’s made their commercials in the early 2000s, while the Tim Hortons commercial was made in 2010.

A year later, M&M’s used the song in their television advertisement on their latest addition, pretzel M&M’s. Nathan Barnatt plays “hungry eyes,” in the 2011 American television advertisement, while staring at the Orange M&M and Pretzel Guy across the bar. Meanwhile, the Orange M&M and Pretzel Guy are making eye contact with an attractive lady across the bar, while trying to avoid “hungry eye’s” stares.[5]

The song was also referenced in the Family Guy episode "Emission Impossible," in which Stewie Griffin sings the song while playing the piano at a party. Later, in season 5's Padre de Familia, it is replayed in a cutaway gag when Patrick Swayze is arrested for alleged child sexual abuse (referencing Swayze being older than the character he was playing) and the song plays while he is being raped in jail.[6]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987-1988) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks 2
U.S. Cash Box 3
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 6
Canadian RPM Top Singles 2
Dutch Singles Chart[7] 16
New Zealand Singles Chart[7] 18
Swedish Singles Chart[7] 6
UK Singles Chart 82

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1988) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[8] 25


  1. ^ Dennis Hunt (December 24, 1987). "Carmen Re-Sees Success With 'Hungry Eyes'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hungry Eyes", in various singles charts (Retrieved February 3, 2014)
  3. ^ "Welcome to" Welcome to N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.
  4. ^ "Welcome to" Welcome to N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.
  5. ^ "Ad of the Day: Pretzel M&M's | Adweek." AdWeek. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.
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  7. ^ a b c "Hungry Eyes", in various singles charts (Retrieved November 26, 2010)
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