Living in a Fantasy

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Living in a Fantasy
Studio album by Leo Sayer
Released August 1980
Recorded 1980
Genre Soft rock
Length 38:51
Label Chrysalis Records (UK)
Warner Bros. Records (USA)
Producer Alan Tarney
Leo Sayer chronology
Living in a Fantasy
World Radio
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Smash Hits 6/10[2]

Living in a Fantasy is the eighth album by the English singer-songwriter, Leo Sayer, and was released in August 1980.

Although the album was not a huge commercial success, the single that it spawned, a cover version of Bobby Vee's "More Than I Can Say", spent five weeks at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December 1980 and January 1981.[3] Sayer's version of the song was certified a gold record by the RIAA.[3] It also spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart.[4] In the UK, the song peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart,[5] while it spent two weeks atop the Kent Music Report in Australia. Sayer has stated that while looking for an "oldie" to record for Living in a Fantasy, he saw a TV commercial for a greatest hits compilation album by Vee, and chose the song on the spot: "We went into a record store that afternoon, bought the record and had the song recorded that night."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Time Ran Out on You" (Alan Tarney) – 3:50
  2. "Where Did We Go Wrong" (Leo Sayer, Tarney) – 3:55
  3. "You Win, I Lose" (Sayer, Tarney) – 3:43
  4. "More Than I Can Say" (Jerry Allison, Sonny Curtis) – 3:41
  5. "Millionaire" (Sayer, Tarney) – 4:22

Side two[edit]

  1. "Once in a While" (Tarney) – 3:30
  2. "Living in a Fantasy" (Sayer, Tarney) – 4:25
  3. "She's Not Coming Back" (Sayer, Tarney) – 3:50
  4. "Let Me Know" (Tarney) – 3:55
  5. "Only Foolin'" (Sayer, Tarney) – 3:40








Year Chart Position
1980 UK Albums Chart 15
1981 US Albums Chart 36


Year Single Chart Position
1980 "More Than I Can Say" UK Singles Chart 2
1980 "More Than I Can Say" US Singles Chart 2
1980 "More Than I Can Say" US Adult Contemporary 1
1980 "Once in a While" UK Singles Chart -
1981 "Living in a Fantasy" US Singles Chart 23



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Hepworth, David. "Albums". Smash Hits (August 21 – September 3, 1980): 30. 
  3. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
  4. ^ a b Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
  5. ^ Sayer UK chart info at
  6. ^ a b c album credits
  7. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 483. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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