She Wants to Dance with Me

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"She Wants to Dance with Me"
Single by Rick Astley
from the album Hold Me in Your Arms
Released September 12, 1988
Format 7" single, 12" maxi, digital download, vinyl, CD single
Recorded 1988
Genre Dance-pop
Length 3:24
Label RCA
Writer(s) Rick Astley
Producer(s) Phil Harding, Ian Curnow
Rick Astley singles chronology
"It Would Take a Strong Strong Man"
"She Wants to Dance with Me"
"Take Me to Your Heart"
Alternative cover
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"She Wants to Dance with Me" is a song written and recorded by Rick Astley in 1988. The song was released in the United Kingdom on September 12, 1988; it entered the chart at the #16 and its highest chart position was #6; it stayed 11 weeks in the UK Singles Chart.[1] On the Billboard Hot 100, it also reached #6.[1] Astley kicked off Paula Abdul's "Straight Up", and stayed at #1 for two weeks in Canada.[1] It was an international success.

"She Wants to Dance with Me" was Astley's first self-composed single that he released. Astley performed the song at the 1989 Grammy Awards, and he changed the lyrics to:

When the song was performed on Top of the Pops, the backing keyboard player was songwriter-turned-Conservative MP David Morris.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

7" single RCA
7" single RCA (USA)
  1. "She Wants to Dance with Me" (Watermix) – 3:14
  2. "She Wants to Dance with Me" (Instrumental) – 4:03
12" maxi RCA
  1. "She Wants to Dance with Me" – 7:14
  2. "It Would Take a Strong Strong Man" (Matt's Jazzy Guitar Mix) – 7:46
  3. "She Wants to Dance with Me" (Instrumental) – 4:03

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1988) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 15
Canadian RPM Top Singles 1
Ecuadorian Singles Chart[2] 1
Media Control Charts 10
Spain (AFYVE)[3] 5
Swedish Singles Chart 12
Swiss Singles Chart 12
UK Singles Chart 6
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs 13

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 [4] 88


  1. ^ a b c d "Discography - She Wants To Dance With Me". Rick Astley. Retrieved 2010-05-15. 
  2. ^ "Top Ten Hit Parade". La Revista Otra (in Spanish) (Guayaquil, Ecuador: Editorial Umiña de Ecuador) (65-67; 69-75): 457. 1989. 
  3. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  4. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1989". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 

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