Don't Lose My Number

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"Don't Lose My Number"
Single by Phil Collins
from the album No Jacket Required
B-side "We Said Hello Goodbye"
Released 30 May 1985
Format 7", 12"
Recorded 1984
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:48
Label Atlantic, Virgin Records
Writer(s) Phil Collins
Producer(s) Phil Collins, Hugh Padgham
Phil Collins singles chronology
"Don't Lose My Number"
"Take Me Home"

"Don't Lose My Number" is a song by Phil Collins from his third solo album No Jacket Required. The single was not released in the UK, though it peaked at No. 4 in the U.S. in September 1985.[1] The B-side, "We Said Hello Goodbye" was released as a bonus track on the CD for No Jacket Required.


The song is about some young man named Billy whom the singer is hoping to find (and hopes Billy still has the singer's number). The song describes Billy being pursued by some shadowy organisation. Collins has said that he actually wrote most of the song during the recordings for his debut solo album, Face Value.[2] Collins also states that the lyrics were improvised, and that he himself does not fully understand what they mean.[2] Stephen Holden of the New York Times also agreed that the lyrics were very "vague, sketching the outlines of a melodrama but withholding the full story".[3]

Music video[edit]

Collins did not know what he would use as a video theme for "Don't Lose My Number", so he decided to create a video showing his decision process in selecting a theme for it.[2][4] In the video, Collins talks to various "directors", who all give him bad ideas for the video. Their suggestions allow Collins to parody several other music videos of the time, including videos by Michael Jackson, David Lee Roth ("California Girls"), Elton John, The Police ("Every Breath You Take"), and The Cars ("You Might Think"), as well as movies such as The Road Warrior and various samurai movies and Westerns.[2][4]

Track listing[edit]

7": Atlantic / 7-89536 (US)[edit]

  1. "Don't Lose My Number"
  2. "We Said Hello Goodbye"

12": Atlantic / 0-86863 (US)[edit]

  1. "Don't Lose My Number" (Extended Mix)
  2. "Don't Lose My Number"
  3. "We Said Hello Goodbye"

CD: WEA International / WPCR 2063 (Japan)[edit]

  1. "Don't Lose My Number"
  2. "We Said Hello Goodbye"


Chart (1985) Peak
Canadian Singles Chart 11
Dutch Singles Chart 44
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 25
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 33



  1. ^ "allmusic ((( No Jacket Required > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))". allmusic. Retrieved 19 September 2008. 
  2. ^ a b c d "26 November 2004 – Phil Collins Q&A". Retrieved 19 September 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ Holden, Stephen (7 April 1985). "Phil Collins: Pop Music's Answer to Alfred Hitchcock". New York Times. Retrieved 1 November 2008. 
  4. ^ a b Pareles, Jon (2 November 1986). "HOME VIDEO; Recent Releases Of Video Cassettes: Photos and 'White Suit'". New York Times. Retrieved 6 November 2008. 

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