50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
|"50 Ways to Leave Your Lover"|
|Single by Paul Simon|
|from the album Still Crazy After All These Years|
|Genre||Soft rock, folk rock|
|Producer(s)||Paul Simon, Phil Ramone|
|Paul Simon singles chronology|
"50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" is a 1975 hit song by Paul Simon, from his album Still Crazy After All These Years. Backing vocals on the single were performed by Patti Austin, Valerie Simpson, and Phoebe Snow. The song features a recognizable repeated drum riff performed by drummer Steve Gadd.
Written after Simon's divorce from first wife Peggy Harper, the song is a mistress's humorous advice to a husband on ways to end a relationship. The song was recorded in a small New York City studio on Broadway.
|This section does not cite any references or sources. (November 2010)|
"50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" was Paul Simon's biggest solo hit and broke in the U.S. in late 1975. It hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on February 7, 1976 (his only number one on that chart as a solo act), and remained there for three weeks; it topped the adult contemporary chart for two weeks. Overseas, on the UK Singles Chart, the song reached number 23 in January 1976. It was certified gold on March 11, 1976, and remained a best seller for nearly five months. Billboard ranked it as the No. 8 song of 1976.
Covers, parodies and other notable versions
- The Jacksons did a parody of the song in their TV show where they did humorous sketches in which they showcased the fifty ways to leave your lover, announcing them in a similar way to Simon's lyrics rhyming an activity with a guy's name. Among the ways they named were:
- Buy her a plant, Grant - Take her on a yacht, Scott - Knock over her daiquiri, Zachary - Pretend you're sick, Nick. - Mail yourself home, Jerome
- The Muppets covered the song when Paul Simon appeared on that show. When appearing, Simon himself did a parody on the title when saying that there must be "50 ways to love your lever."
- Eminem used a sample of the first verse of "50 ways to leave your lover" in his song "Murder, murder"
|Canadian Singles Chart||1|
|French Singles Chart||2|
|German Singles Chart||42|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||18|
|UK Singles Chart||23|
|US Hot 100 Singles Chart||1|
- Marc Eliot (2010), Paul Simon: A Life, John Wiley and Sons, p. 142, ISBN 978-0-470-43363-8
- Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 222.
- Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1976
"Love Rollercoaster" by Ohio Players
|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
February 7, 1976 – February 21, 1976
"Theme From S.W.A.T." by Rhythm Heritage
"Break Away" by Art Garfunkel
|Billboard Easy Listening Singles number-one single
February 28, 1976 (2 weeks)
"Lonely Night (Angel Face)" by Captain & Tennille