Move Closer

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"Move Closer"
Single by Phyllis Nelson
Released 9 February 1985
Recorded 1984
Genre Pop
Length 5:54 (album version)
4:35 (single re-recording)
4:01 (radio version)
Label Carrere Records
Writer(s) Phyllis Nelson
Phyllis Nelson singles chronology
Move Closer I Like You

"Move Closer" is a song by Phyllis Nelson, which reached number one in the UK Singles Chart during May 1985.[1]


Phyllis Nelson wrote the ballad in 1984. It was a complete departure from the type of music she had been recording. The lyrics of "Move Closer" were based on a long-term love affair she had with a much younger man in Philadelphia, who was struggling to start his own computer business


"Move Closer" reached the Number One spot in United Kingdom, making her the first black woman to top the UK Singles Chart with her own composition.[2] The song was originally released in April 1984 but failed to chart, and was re-released in February 1985 after BBC Radio London started to play it. The song began to climb the charts, taking 12 weeks to reach the top spot.[3] "Move Closer" remained on the chart for just over five months during 1985, ended up as the seventh biggest song of the year[4] and the 82nd highest selling single of the decade.[5] In 1994 it was reissued and returned to the UK Singles Chart, this time reaching No. 34, on the back of it being featured in an anti-persperant commercial.[6]

The song was also featured in the British film The Supergrass.


In the UK, the B-side was "Somewhere in the City".

Chart positions[edit]

The song failed to make any impact on the American charts, but did chart in Europe, Australia and New Zealand during 1984 and 1985.

Chart (1984)/(1985) Peak
Singles Chart End of year End of decade
Australian Kent Music Report 15
Austrian Singles Chart
France Singles Chart
German Singles Chart
Irish Singles Chart
Italian Singles Chart
Dutch Top 40 47[7]
Belgium 34[7]
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 23[7]
Norwegian Singles Chart
Swedish Singles Chart
Swiss Singles Chart
UK Singles Chart 1[1] 7 82



  1. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 448. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Move Closer by Phyllis Nelson Songfacts". Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  3. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  4. ^ "1980s Singles Chart Archive". Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  5. ^ "Official Biggest Selling Singles Of The '80s". Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  6. ^ "ChartArchive - Phyllis Nelson". Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  7. ^ a b c Steffen Hung. "Phyllis Nelson - Move Closer". Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  8. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
Preceded by
"We Are the World" by USA for Africa
UK number one single
28 April 1985 – 4 May 1985
Succeeded by
"19" by Paul Hardcastle