Loverboy (Billy Ocean song)

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Single by Billy Ocean
from the album Suddenly
Released 15 November 1984
Recorded 1984
Genre Pop
Length 5:15 (album version)
4:11 (single version)
Label Jive
Writer(s) Keith Diamond, Billy Ocean, Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Producer(s) Keith Diamond
Robert John "Mutt" Lange (exec.)
Billy Ocean singles chronology
"Caribbean Queen (No More Love on the Run)"

"Loverboy" was Billy Ocean's second single from his 1984 album, Suddenly. It was produced by Keith Diamond and reached a chart high of number 20 on the soul chart and number 2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100,[1] and number 15 on the UK Singles Chart in February 1985.[2] It also reached the top spot of the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart in the U.S., in an extended version.[3] The track was released on the Jive label under the catalogue reference, JIVE 800.[2]

The song gained a reputation in the first episode of the 1986 soap opera Casualty when nurse Charlie Fairhead drives into Holby A&E in 1986.

The song also featured in the sitcom Dear John where the character Kirk St Moritz played by Peter Blake can be seen dancing to the song in a highly amusing fashion.

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot at Durdle Door and features a rider on horseback riding up the coast to a bar built inside a cave, reminiscent of the cantina scene in Star Wars, interspersed with scenes of Billy popping out of what seems to be the phantom zone from Superman II to sing the song.[4]


Chart (1985) Peak
UK Singles Chart 15
Canadian Singles Chart 6
German Singles Chart 12
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles 20
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 20
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1

Boystar Version[edit]

Single by Boystar
Released 6 October 2002
Format CD Single
Recorded 2002
Genre Pop
Length 3:37
Label MRA Entertainment

In 2002, Australian group "Boystar", consisting of Ian Starr Kalatzis, Declyn Jaxx (aka Ryan Wilson) and Steven Childs, released a cover version of "Loverboy". It was their first and only release. it debuted at peaked at #12 on the ARIA singles chart. [5]


"Loverboy" was released on a 5-track CD single[6]

  1. Loverboy (Radio Edit) (3:37)
  2. This Ain't Love (3:06)
  3. Loverboy (Diego V Euro Club) (5:21)
  4. Loverboy (DJ Nikko Dirty Club) (4:14)
  5. Loverboy (Diego V RNB) (4:30)

Other versions[edit]

  • 2001: Jess & Crabbe (In Your Eer)


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 436. 
  2. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 402–403. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 192. 
  4. ^ "Loverboy music video". Retrieved 2012-01-27. 
  5. ^
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Preceded by
"Sidewalk Talk" by Jellybean
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
February 9, 1985
Succeeded by
"Smalltown Boy" by Bronski Beat