Close to You (Maxi Priest song)

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"Close to You"
Single by Maxi Priest
from the album Bonafide
Released 8 July 1990
Format 7" single, 12" maxi, CD maxi
Genre R&B, new jack swing
Length 5:27
Label Ten Records Ltd
Charisma Records (U.S.)
Writer(s) Gary Benson
Winston Sela
Max Elliott
Producer(s) Handel Tucker
Geoffrey Chung
Lowell "Sly" Dunbar
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Maxi Priest singles chronology
"Goodbye To Love Again"
"Close to You"
"Peace Throughout The World"

"Close to You" is a song by British reggae singer, Maxi Priest. It was released in July 1990 as the lead single from the album, Bonafide. It reached number-one on the US Billboard Hot 100 on 6 October 1990, reached number 2 on the ARIA Charts in Australia and number 7 on the UK Singles Chart.

Music video[edit]

The music video features Priest singing while the background features people living in the Egyptian era. There is also a second version, which takes place inside of a soundstage.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Close to You" — 3:59
  2. "I Know Love" feat. Tiger — 4:07
12" maxi
  1. "Close to You" (Phil Bodger main body mix) — 5:28
  2. "Close to You" (Leo Grant bad ass mix) — 6:00
  3. "Close to You" (Leo Grant a cappella & drum mix) — 5:56
  4. "Close to You" (Phil Bodger radio mix) — 3:59
  5. "Close to You" (Phil Chill's rap sensation) — 6:08
  6. "Close to You" (Bodger's bonus beats) — 4:03
  7. "I Know Love" — 4:07
CD maxi
  1. "Close to You"
  2. "Close to You" (extended version)
  3. "I Know Love"
  4. "Close to You" (Phil Chill's rap sensation mix featuring Darren Deere)
CD maxi - Remixes
  1. "Close to You" (Phill Chill's rap sensation) — 6:10
  2. "Close to You" (Bodger's radio edit) — 4:06
  3. "I Know Love" (the Steven Stanley Jamaican mix) — 5:06
  4. "Sure Fire Love" — 3:55
12" maxi - Remixes
  1. "Close to You" (Phill Chill's rap sensation) — 6:10
  2. "Close to You" (Bodger's radio edit) — 4:06
  3. "I Know Love" (the Steven Stanley Jamaican mix) — 5:02
  4. "Sure Fire Love" — 3:57

Cover versions[edit]

In 2003 Trance act Origene covered the song. In 2004 American boygroup B3 covered the song on their album "Living for the weekend", which also features Maxi Priest on backing vocals. In 2006 Puerto Rican reggaeton group Pachanga covered the song on their album "Recontra locos latinos" and released it as their second single. In the same year Dutch singer Jay Delano of the hip hop duo R'n'G fame covered the song and released it as his debut solo single of his debut solo album "Close to you", which has been released in 2007. In 2014, US group The Uptown Band ft. Erich Cawalla & Jenifer Kinder released a Contemporary Jazz version of the song which appears on the group's full-length CD "Heart, Soul, Body, & Mind".

In 2016, Jay Sean used a sample of the lyrics in his single Make My Love Go featuring Sean Paul.


Preceded by
"(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection" by Nelson
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
6 October 1990 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Praying for Time" by George Michael


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