Dancing with a Stranger

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"Dancing with a Stranger"
Dancing with a Stranger (official single cover).png
Single by Sam Smith and Normani
Released11 January 2019 (2019-01-11)
Format
Genre
Length2:50
LabelCapitol
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Sam Smith singles chronology
"Fire on Fire"
(2018)
"Dancing with a Stranger"
(2019)
"How Do You Sleep?"
(2019)
Normani singles chronology
"Waves"
(2018)
"Dancing with a Stranger"
(2019)
"Motivation"
(2019)
Music video
"Dancing with a Stranger" on YouTube

"Dancing with a Stranger" is a song by English singer Sam Smith and American singer Normani. It was written by Smith, Normani, Jimmy Napes, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Hermansen, and produced by Stargate, Napes, Tim Blacksmith and Danny D. "Dancing with a Stranger" was released as a single by Capitol Records on 11 January 2019. The track became a commercial success, reaching number three in the United Kingdom and number seven in the United States. "Dancing with a Stranger" was the most-played radio track of 2019, according to Forbes.[1]

Background and composition[edit]

According to Billboard, the collaboration happened through a chance encounter at a recording studio in Los Angeles. When Smith was writing a track with their frequent collaborator Jimmy Napes and Norwegian producers Stargate, Normani happened to be in the studio next door. After talking, the two decided to work together.[2]

Musically, "Dancing with a Stranger" is a disco-R&B[3] and pop[2] duet that contains 1980s-inspired R&B production.[4] The song was written by Smith, Normani, Napes and Stargate. The latter two also handled production for the track alongside Danny D and Tim Blacksmith. Monica Mercuri of Forbes described the single as "sultry" and showing off the singer's "powerful" vocals.[5] David Renshaw, writing for The Fader, called the song a "veer away from [Smith's] gentle soul sound".[6] Lyrically, the song is about coping with loneliness and moving past a lost love.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Brittany Spanos, writing for Rolling Stone, stated the song "plays to [Smith's] retro-leaning strengths and Normani’s own solo vision of being a Sexy soul-dance diva". She concluded her review by calling the song "simple and fun".[3] Rose Dommu of Out praised the duo's vocals, calling Normani's "sultry voice is the perfect counterpoint to Smith’s own deep tone".[7] Mike Nied of Idolator wrote that the song "expertly capture the frustration and loneliness of heartbreak, bottling it and presenting it as something both deeply personal and infinitely relatable".[8]

Associated Press ranked it as The 2nd Best Song of 2019.[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United Kingdom, "Dancing with a Stranger" peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart in January 2019, becoming Smith's eleventh and Normani's first top ten single in the UK.[10] It was certified Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry.[11] In the United States, the song peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 2019, making it Smith's sixth and Normani's second top ten single in the US.[12] In May 2019, "Dancing with a Stranger" topped the US Radio Songs chart, becoming Smith's second and Normani's first chart topper there.[13] It also topped the US Adult Top 40 and reached number two on the Mainstream Top 40 chart, behind "Sucker" by the Jonas Brothers.[13][14] In other countries, "Dancing with a Stranger" peaked inside top ten in Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Australia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Canada, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Iceland, Lebanon and Sweden.[15][16] It was also certified 4× Platinum in Australia, Platinum in Canada and New Zealand, and Gold in few other European countries.[17][18][19]

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on 29 January 2019 and has since accumulated over 401 million views on YouTube.[20] The video was directed by Vaughan Arnell, and was shot in London. It features Smith and Normani moving and dancing through a "sleek, stark home"[21] while being surrounded by hologram projections of dancers. As of September 2019, the music video has reached over 430 million views, making it Normani's most viewed music video currently on YouTube.

Formats and track listings[edit]

  • Digital download[22]
  1. "Dancing with a Stranger" – 2:51
  • Digital download (Acoustic)[23]
  1. "Dancing with a Stranger" (Acoustic) – 3:07
  • Digital download (Cheat Codes Remix)[24]
  1. "Dancing with a Stranger" (Cheat Codes Remix) – 2:39
  1. "Dancing with a Stranger" – 2:51
  2. "Dancing with a Stranger" (Instrumental) – 2:51

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[26]

  • Sam Smith – vocals, songwriting
  • Normani – vocals, songwriting
  • Jimmy Napes – songwriting, production
  • Stargate – songwriting, production, music production
  • Tim Blacksmith – production, executive production
  • Danny D – production, executive production
  • Randy Merrill – master engineering, studio personnel
  • Kevin "KD" Davis – mixing, studio personnel

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[17] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Belgium (BEA)[89] Gold 20,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[18] 2× Platinum 160,000double-dagger
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[90] Platinum 90,000^
France (SNEP)[91] Gold 100,000*
Italy (FIMI)[92] Gold 25,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[19] Platinum 30,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[93] Platinum 20,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[94] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] Platinum 600,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[95] 2× Platinum 2,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Version Label Ref.
Various 11 January 2019 Original Capitol [22]
Italy Contemporary hit radio Sony [96]
United Kingdom 12 January 2019 Capitol [97]
United States 14 January 2019 Hot adult contemporary [98]
15 January 2019 Contemporary hit radio [99]
Various 15 February 2019
  • Digital download
  • streaming
Acoustic [23]
8 March 2019 Cheat Codes Remix [24]
12" Original + Instrumental [25]

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