Turn Me Loose (Loverboy song)

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"Turn Me Loose"
Single by Loverboy
from the album Loverboy
Released December 1980
Format 7"
Recorded 1980
Genre Hard rock
Length 5:38 (album) 3:30 (single)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Paul Dean, Mike Reno
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
Loverboy singles chronology
"Turn Me Loose"
"The Kid is Hot Tonite"

"Turn Me Loose" is a hit song recorded by the Canadian rock band Loverboy. It was released on their eponymous debut album in 1980, and as a single in 1981. With a strong rock synthesizer start to the song, followed by a steady build on the guitars, it peaked at #7 on the RPM singles chart in 1981 and #6 on the Billboard Top Tracks chart in the US.

The song was used in the movies Wet Hot American Summer (2001), Crank (2006), Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector (2006) and Gutterballs (2008).


Chart (1981) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 3
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 7
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[2] 5
US Billboard Hot 100 35
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 6

Award successions[edit]

Preceded by
"Echo Beach" by Martha and the Muffins
"Could I Have This Dance" by Anne Murray
Juno Award for Single of the Year
Succeeded by
"Eyes of a Stranger" by Payola$

Cover versions[edit]

  • Austrian Melodic Hard Rock/AOR band Fahrenheit covered the song on their 1989 album Talkin 'Bout Love.
  • Eminem and Limp Bizkit collaborated to 'cover' the song, albeit with significantly altered lyrics around 1999.
  • Electric Six covered the song on their cover-album Mimicry and Memories (2015).[3]

Young Divas version[edit]

"Turn Me Loose"
Single by Young Divas featuring Savage
from the album New Attitude
B-side "Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man)"
Released November 17, 2007
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2007
Genre Dance, pop
Length 3:50
Label Sony BMG
Writer(s) Paul Dean, Mike Reno
Young Divas singles chronology
"Turn Me Loose"
Savage singles chronology
"They Don't Know"
"Turn Me Loose"

"Turn Me Loose" was covered by Australian girl group Young Divas for their second studio album New Attitude. It was released physically and digitally as the lead single from the album on November 17, 2007.[4] "Turn Me Loose" also features New Zealand rapper Savage and is the final single released by the Young Divas. The song peaked at number 15 on the ARIA Singles Chart. The music video for "Turn Me Loose" features the Young Divas singing and dancing in front of a white backdrop.[5]

Track listing[edit]

CD single
  1. "Turn Me Loose" – 3:50
  2. "Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man This Christmas)" – 3:40
Digital EP[6]
  1. "Turn Me Loose" – 3:50
  2. "Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man This Christmas)" – 3:40
  3. "Turn Me Loose" (Divas Only Version) – 3:18

Weekly chart[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
ARIA Singles Chart[7] 15

Year-end chart[edit]

Chart (2007) Rank
Australian Artists Singles Chart[8] 35


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