Don't Talk to Strangers (Rick Springfield song)

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"Don't Talk to Strangers"
Single by Rick Springfield
from the album Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet
ReleasedMarch 1982
GenrePower pop[1][2]
Songwriter(s)Rick Springfield
Producer(s)Keith Olsen
Rick Springfield singles chronology
"Love Is Alright Tonite"
"Don't Talk to Strangers"
"What Kind of Fool Am I"

"Don't Talk to Strangers" is a song written and performed by Australian musician Rick Springfield. This song was released as a single in 1982, from the album Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet. It reached number two on the United States Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks, making it his second biggest hit in the US after the number-one hit, "Jessie's Girl". It was kept off the top spot by "Ebony and Ivory" by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder. Springfield was nominated for Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance with the song in 1983.


The music was based on an earlier Springfield song titled "Spanish Eyes", and released on the Sound City recordings from 1978. The song lyrics were changed and were written to Springfield's then-girlfriend Barbara Porter (later his wife), whom he was worried was involved with other people while they were apart. Springfield recalled, "Back then, I was scared that she was screwing around because I was doing the same thing."[3]


Billboard said that it has "irresistible hooks interspersed throughout."[4] Record World said it has "a snappy rock beat and sharp chorus hook."[5]

Chart history[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 10
Canada RPM Top Singles 3
Canada RPM Adult Contemporary 3
South Africa (Springbok)[7] 19
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 2
US Top Rock Tracks 11
US Cash Box Top 100[9] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1982-1983) Rank
Australia (Kent Music Report)[6] 73
Canada RPM Top Singles[10] 33
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 20
US Cash Box Top 100[12] 17


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  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Rick Springfield - Success Hasn't Spoiled Me Yet (1982): Review at AllMusic. Retrieved January 3, 2024.
  3. ^ "Rick Springfield: The Stories Behind the Music". Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  4. ^ "Top Single Picks". Billboard. March 6, 1982. p. 75. Retrieved 2023-01-21.
  5. ^ "Hits of the Week" (PDF). Record World. March 6, 1982. p. 1. Retrieved 2023-03-02.
  6. ^ a b "National Top 100 Singles for 1982". Kent Music Report. 3 January 1983. Retrieved 22 January 2023 – via Imgur.
  7. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  8. ^ "Rick Springfield - Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 20, 2016.
  9. ^ "Cash Box Top 100 Singles, May 29, 1982". Archived from the original on June 3, 2015. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  10. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Archived from the original on 2016-08-11. Retrieved 2017-04-20.
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  12. ^ "Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 25, 1982". Archived from the original on July 11, 2018. Retrieved April 7, 2017.