Can't We Try

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"Can't We Try"
Single by Dan Hill and Vonda Shepard
from the album Dan Hill
Released June 1987
Format single
Genre Pop
Length 4:02
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Beverly Chapin Hill, Dan Hill

"Can't We Try" is a 1987 duet performed by Dan Hill and Vonda Shepard. The passionate ballad was Billboard's No. 1 Adult Contemporary Song of the Year for 1987.

"Can't We Try" was released as a single from Dan Hill's 1987 self-titled album. The song reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and in Cash Box as well,[1] making it Dan Hill's second-biggest hit behind "Sometimes When We Touch", which hit No. 3 back in 1978, and was Vonda Shepard's only Top 10 Pop hit.

It also reached No. 2 for several weeks on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. In Canada, the song stalled at No. 14.

Tracks[edit]

7" single
No. Title Length
1. "Can't We Try" (with Vonda Shepard) 4:02
2. "Pleasure Centre"   3:46

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary[2] 2
Canada RPM Top 100 Singles[3] 14
Dutch Top 40[4] 36
US Adult Contemporary[5] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 6

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1987) Position
Canada RPM Top 100 Singles of '87[6] 83
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 63

Rockell and Collage version[edit]

"Can't We Try"
Single by Rockell
from the album What Are You Lookin' At?
Released May 15, 1998
Format CD, Digital download
Genre Freestyle, Dance
Length 4:03
Label Robbins Entertainment
Writer(s) Beverly Chapin Hill, Dan Hill
Producer(s) Joe Tucci, Billy Brown
Rockell singles chronology
"In a Dream"
(1997)
"Can't We Try"
(1998)
"When I'm Gone"
(1999)

In 1998, Rockell covered the song as a duet with Collage. It was her third single from her 1998 debut album, What Are You Lookin' At? and third single overall. This song reached No. 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well as No. 11 on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.

Track listing[edit]

CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Can't We Try" (Radio Version) 4:00
2. "Can't We Try" (The Slow Jam) 3:52
Promo CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Can't We Try" (Radio Version) 4:00
2. "Can't We Try" (The Slow Jam) 3:52
3. "Can't We Try" (Acapella) 4:02
US Remixes CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Can't We Try" (Lenny B Mix-Radio Version) 4:13
2. "Can't We Try" (Mr. Mig Mix) 4:44
3. "Can't We Try" (Lenny B Club Mix) 6:03
4. "Can't We Try" (Pablo's Main Room Remix) 7:40
5. "Can't We Try" (Original Radio Version) 4:03

Chart positions[edit]

Chart Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 59
US Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[8] 11

In popular culture[edit]

The original Dan Hill version from 1987 was used for the Kelly and Jeffrey characters on the American soap opera Santa Barbara.[9]

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