When I See You Smile

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"When I See You Smile"
Single by Bad English
from the album Bad English
B-side "Heaven Is A 4 Letter Word"/"Best Of What I Got"
Released September 16, 1989
Genre Hard rock
Length 4:22
Label Epic
Writer(s) Diane Warren
Producer(s) Richie Zito

When I See You Smile is the second single of American/British hard rock band Bad English, taken from their self-titled debut album of the same name, released in 1989. The power ballad was a huge success and went on to become the band's first and only US number one hit when it peaked there in the fall of 1989 for two weeks.[1]

Music video[edit]

In the video the band are performing on a stage, which contains close-up shots of its members. The footage was taken at one of their arena concerts. It shows Jonathan Cain's distinctive synthesizer opening and moves into the soft initial vocal work of John Waite. The tempo picks up with Deen Castronovo's drum work and Neal Schon's trademark guitar during which Waite becomes more emphatic vocally; the song finishes with Waite's soft vocals.


Chart (1989) Peak
Australian Singles Chart 4[2]
Canadian Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 61[3]
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 11
US Billboard Album Rock Tracks 10

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 1992, 16-year-old reggae artist Singing Sweet scored a hit cover version in Jamaica and on the dancehall scene in the United States.[4][5]
  • In 1998, Uncle Sam recorded the song for his self-titled debut album Uncle Sam.
  • In 2006, Clay Aiken covered the song on his third album A Thousand Different Ways.
  • Filipino-American R&B singer Kris Lawrence used this song as his coronation song in the 2006 singing competition Star In A Million and also recorded the song for his 2006 self-titled debut album.
  • In August 2007, Dutch production duo P&A remixed "When I See You Smile" as a dance version.
  • In 2008, Filipina singer Nina recorded her own version of the song for her album Nina Sings The Hits of Diane Warren.


  1. ^ "Bad English - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  2. ^ Steffen Hung. "Bad English - When I See You Smile". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  3. ^ "BAD ENGLISH | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  4. ^ "Entertainment :: Singing Sweet eyes top spot again :: May 13, 2009". The Jamaica Star. 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  5. ^ 00:00 (2013-01-21). "Singing Sweet - Jamaicansmusic.com". Mail.jamaicansmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 

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Preceded by
"Listen to Your Heart" by Roxette
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
November 11 – 18, 1989
Succeeded by
"Blame It on the Rain" by Milli Vanilli