Closer than Close (Rosie Gaines song)

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"Closer Than Close"
Closer Than Close (Rosie Gaines Song.jpg
Single by Rosie Gaines
from the album Closer Than Close
LabelBigbang Records
  • Dana Bailey
  • Francis Jules
  • Rosie Gaines
Rosie Gaines singles chronology
"I Want U"
"Closer Than Close"
"I Surrender"
Music video
"Closer Than Close" on YouTube

"Closer Than Close" is a 1997 song by American musician Rosie Gaines, a former singer in Prince & The New Power Generation.

Background and release[edit]

After her solo debut in 1985, recording/performing with The Curtis Ohlson Band from 1987 to 1989 and doing other projects, singer Rosie Gaines joined Prince & The New Power Generation. She continued afterwards as a solo artist and session singer.

In 1995, Gaines released the album Closer than Close. The album's title track was remixed and released as a single in 1997. "Closer Than Close" was highly successful in the United Kingdom, reaching number 4 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] It was produced by DJ Hippie Torrales and Mark Mendoza and has sold over 8 million units worldwide.[2]

"Closer Than Close" became a huge club favorite and earned Gaines a MOBO Award for Best International Single at the ’97 Awards show beating off the likes of P Diddy, previously known as Puff Daddy, R. Kelly and Tina Moore.

Impact and legacy[edit]

The Daily Telegraph ranked "Closer Than Close" at number 38 in their Top 50 Dance Songs list in 2015.[3]

In 2019, Mixmag listed the song in their two lists, 20 best diva house tracks[4] and 40 best UK garage tracks released from 1995 to 2005. They wrote:

Track listing[edit]

Europe, CD maxi (1997)
1."Closer Than Close" (Mentor Original Radio Edit)3:44
2."Closer Than Close" (Mentor Remake Radio Edit)3:51


Chart (1997) Peak
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[6] 14
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[7] 23
Ireland (Irish Singles Chart) 11
New Zealand (New Zealandian Singles Chart)[8] 36
Scotland (Official Charts Company) 12
Sweden (Swedish Singles Chart)[9] 53
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 4
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[11] 1
US (Hot Dance Club Play)[12] 6


  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 220. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  2. ^ "Hippie Torrales Biography". Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  3. ^ "Top 50 dance songs". Retrieved 2017-03-07.
  4. ^ "20 best diva house tracks". Mixmag. 2019-06-12. Retrieved 2019-09-16.
  5. ^ "40 of the best UK garage tracks released from 1995 to 2005". Mixmag. 2019-03-15. Retrieved 2019-09-15.
  6. ^ "Music & Media: Eurochart Hot 100" (PDF). Music & Media.
  7. ^ "Íslenski Listinn Topp 40 (14.08.1997-21.08.1997)" (PDF) (in Icelandic). Dagblaðið Vísir - Tónlist. Retrieved 2018-02-05.
  8. ^ "ROSIE GAINES - CLOSER THAN CLOSE (SONG)". Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  9. ^ "ROSIE GAINES - CLOSER THAN CLOSE (SONG)". Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  10. ^ "Closer Than Close". Retrieved 2017-03-08.
  11. ^ "Official UK Dance Singles Chart (01 June 1997-07 June 1997)". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  12. ^ "Rosie Gaines - Chart history". Retrieved 2017-03-08.