Cold as Ice (Foreigner song)

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"Cold as Ice"
Foreigner - Cold As Ice b-w I Need You (1977).jpg
Single by Foreigner
from the album Foreigner
B-side"I Need You"
ReleasedJuly 23, 1977 (1977-07-23)
Length3:18 (single)
3:19 (album)
Songwriter(s)Lou Gramm, Mick Jones
Producer(s)Gary Lyons, John Sinclair
Foreigner singles chronology
"Feels Like the First Time"
"Cold as Ice"
"Long, Long Way from Home"
Music video
"Cold as Ice" on YouTube

"Cold as Ice" is a 1977 song by British-American rock band Foreigner from their eponymous debut album. It became one of the best known songs of the band in the US, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] It was initially the B-side of some versions of the "Feels Like the First Time" 45 rpm single.[2]

"Cold as Ice" was used as the soundtrack for a skit on the March 25, 1978 broadcast of Saturday Night Live that showed a man being attacked by a woman in a number of grisly ways. Host Christopher Lee introduced the segment as being "not for the squeamish".[3]

The single version is a second shorter than the album version, but adds an orchestra track.


Billboard Magazine described "Cold as Ice" as having a "haunting feel" and a "surrealistic chilling effect" produced by its "richly textured instrumentals and gutsy vocals."[4] Billboard also praised how the song maintains its momentum and intensity.[4]

Classic Rock History critic Janey Roberts ranked "Cold as Ice" as Foreigner's 4th greatest song, stating that the piano hook that opens the song "will always go down as one of the signature riffs in classic rock history."[5] Similarly, Ultimate Classic Rock critic Matt Wardlaw ranked it as Foreigner's 5th greatest song, wondering about how it could have been used as a b-side in some countries given its "famous piano beginning."[6]

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Guest musicians[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Foreigner Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-06-08.
  2. ^ Wardlaw, Matt. "Top 10 Foreigner Songs". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2020-06-08.
  3. ^ SNL transcripts Retrieved 28 Jan 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Top Single Picks" (PDF). Billboard Magazine. July 23, 1977. p. 58. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  5. ^ Roberts, Janey (13 January 2018). "Top 10 Foreigner Songs". Classic Rock History. Retrieved 2020-06-10.
  6. ^ Wardlaw, Matt (May 2, 2015). "Top 10 Foreigner Songs". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2020-06-11.
  7. ^ Archived October 6, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Foreigner - Cold as Ice".
  9. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 42, 1977". Retrieved December 4, 2008.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-10-20. Retrieved 2016-10-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Foreigner singles". The Official Chart Company. Retrieved 2020-06-08.
  12. ^ " search results for Foreigner". Archived from the original on February 1, 2010. Retrieved December 4, 2008.
  13. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". 17 July 2013. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  14. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1978/Top 100 Songs of 1978". Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-10-20. Retrieved 2016-10-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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