Let's Hear It for the Boy (song)

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"Let's Hear It for the Boy"
Single by Deniece Williams
from the album Footloose soundtrack and Let's Hear It for the Boy
Released February 14, 1984
Format 7"
Recorded 1983
Length 4:21
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Tom Snow, Dean Pitchford
Producer(s) George Duke
Deniece Williams singles chronology
"Love Won't Let Me Wait"
"Let's Hear It for the Boy"
"Next Love"

"Let's Hear It for the Boy" is the second number-one song for Deniece Williams and appeared on the soundtrack to the feature film, Footloose. It climbed to number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 1984, as well as number one on the dance and R&B charts,[2][3] and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song, was certified platinum in the US, gold in Canada and silver in the UK by the RIAA, Music Canada and the British Phonographic Industry respectively.[4][5][6] The music video of the song was released in mid-April 1984.[7] The tune features background vocals from George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam. They would go on to record as the duo Boy Meets Girl


Chart (1984) Peak
Swiss Singles Chart 19
German Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1

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Appearances in other media[edit]


  1. ^ "Music Genre". discogs. p. 2A. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 625. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 280. 
  4. ^ British Phonographic Industry certification for Let's Hear It for the Boy
  5. ^ RIAA certification for Let's Hear It for the Boy
  6. ^ Music Canada certification for Let's Hear It for the Boy
  7. ^ "Rolling Stones plan to do video, concert in L.A. during Olympics". The Ledger. May 3, 1984. p. 2A. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
Preceded by
"I Want it to Be Real" by John Rocca
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
May 19, 1984
Succeeded by
"Land of Hunger" by Earons
Preceded by
"Hello" by Lionel Richie
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
May 26, 1984 – June 8, 1984
Succeeded by
"Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper
Preceded by
"Don't Waste Your Time" by Yarbrough & Peoples
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
June 2, 1984 – June 16, 1984
Succeeded by
"Lovelite" by O'Bryan