Spending My Time

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"Spending My Time"
Single by Roxette
from the album Joyride
Released 1991
Genre Pop
Length 4:38 (album version)
Label EMI
Writer(s) Per Gessle, Mats Persson
Roxette singles chronology
"The Big L"
"Spending My Time"
"Church of Your Heart"
Music video
"Spending My Time" on YouTube
"Un Día Sin Ti"
Single by Roxette
from the album Baladas En Español
B-side "Timida" ("Vulnerable")
Released November 29, 1996
Genre Pop
Label EMI
Writer(s) Per Gessle, Mats Persson & Luis G. Escolar
Roxette singles chronology
"She Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
"Un Día Sin Ti"
"No Sé Si Es Amor"
Music video
"Un Día Sin Ti" on YouTube

"Spending My Time", written by Per Gessle, was the fourth single released from Swedish pop duo Roxette's 1991 album Joyride. It peaked at #32 on Billboard's Hot 100, but was a more sizable hit in other places such as Europe, peaking in the top 10 in Germany. A remix was created by MC King Carli and Dr Renault (pseudonyms used by Clarence & Anders) at EMI Studios in Stockholm, Sweden, in July 1991, and was included on the single. A Spanish version of the song, called "Un día sin ti" ("A day without you"), was released as a single from the album Baladas En Español.

"Spending My Time" was a sizeable hit in Brazil, due to extensive airplay, as well as being part of the Brazilian telenovela "Outrageous Preppy Women" soundtrack (Perigosas Peruas – Trilha Sonora Internacional - 1992) by Globo TV.[1]

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Wayne Isham, who has worked on other music videos for other popular artists.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Spending My Time" (electric dance remix)
  2. "Spending My Time" (album version)
  3. "The Sweet Hello, The Sad Goodbye" (non-album track)
  4. "Spending My Time" (electric dance remix/instrumental)

Musical analysis[edit]

An acoustic guitar based ballad, sung by Marie Fredriksson. The verse is in the key of F#m, while the chorus is in E, later transposing to F#.


This song reached the top 10 in Canada, Germany and Italy and was a sizeable hit in many other places worldwide. In South America, the song became as successful as "Joyride" or "It Must Have Been Love", especially in Brazil, where it reached #1 in the charts. In 1996 - sung in perfect Spanish and called "Un día sin ti" - it was the first single released from Baladas en Español, reaching #1 in Mexico, top 3 in Chile, Argentina, Spain and many other Latin-American countries.

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[2] 16
Austrian Singles Chart[3] 16
Belgium Singles Chart[4] 11
German Singles Chart[5] 9
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart[6] 31
Swedish Singles Chart[7] 11
Swiss Singles Chart[8] 15
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 32
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 20


  1. ^ http://www.teledramaturgia.com.br/perigt.htm
  2. ^ australian-charts [1] (Retrieved June 15, 2014)
  3. ^ austrian-charts [2] (Retrieved June 15, 2014)
  4. ^ ultratop [3] (Retrieved June 15, 2014)
  5. ^ charts.de [4] (Retrieved June 15, 2014)
  6. ^ charts.org.nz [5] (Retrieved June 15, 2014)
  7. ^ swedishcharts [6] (Retrieved June 15, 2014)
  8. ^ hitparade.ch [7] (Retrieved June 15, 2014)
  9. ^ Billboard [8] (Retrieved June 15, 2014)

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