Dressed for Success

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For the Ugly Betty episode, see Dress for Success (Ugly Betty).
"Dressed for Success"
Dressed for success (swedish).jpg
Single by Roxette
from the album Look Sharp!
B-side "The Voice"
Released 3 August 1988
Format
Recorded 1988 at EMI Studios in Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:09
Label EMI
Writer(s) Per Gessle
Producer(s) Clarence Öfwerman
Roxette singles chronology
"I Call Your Name"
(1988)
"Dressed for Success"
(1988)
"Listen to Your Heart"
(1988)
Music video
"Dressed for Success" on YouTube
Alternative cover

"Dressed for Success" is a song by the Swedish rock duo Roxette, released in mid-1988 as the first single from their second studio album, Look Sharp! (1988).

Production[edit]

The recording of the song was marked by a dispute between the band members, but this apparently contributed to the strength of Marie's performance.

"I was so mad when I did it. Everything about that session went wrong, we argued about the arrangement, we changed the key, I was dead tired of the song when I went in to do a guide vocal. Did it in one blast and suddenly realized, "hmm... this is it"."

Marie Fredriksson, Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus! liner notes.[1]

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song mostly revolved around the duo performing together in "nightclub ruins" as several dancers and groups of party-goers swayed to the song.[2]

Formats and track listings[edit]

All songs written and composed by Per Gessle.

  • EU 7" single (Sweden 1363207 · UK EM96)
  • EU cassette (UK TCEM96)
  1. "Dressed for Success" – 4:19
  2. "The Voice" – 4:16
  • US cassette (US 4JM-50204)
  1. "Dressed for Success" – 4:19
  2. "The Look" – 4:11
  • Sweden 12" single (1363216)
  1. "Dressed for Success" (The Look Sharp! Remix) – 7:50
  2. "Dressed for Success" (Instrumental) – 4:13
  3. "Dressed for Success" (7" Version) – 4:13
  4. "The Voice" – 4:16
  • EU 12" single (UK 12EM96)
  1. "Dressed for Success" (Remix) – 6:30
  2. "The Look" (Big Red Mix) – 7:32
  3. "The Voice" – 4:16
  • CD single (UK CDEM96)
  1. "Dressed for Success" (7" Version) – 4:13
  2. "The Look" (7" Version) – 3:57
  3. "Dressed for Success" (Remix) – 6:30
  4. "The Voice" – 4:16

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[18] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[21] Gold 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[22] Gold 25,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Digital booklet". Don't Bore Us, Get to the Chorus (liner notes). Roxette. Stockholm, Sweden: EMI Records. 1995. 7243 836203 2 6. 
  2. ^ Ballad & Pop Hits - The Complete Video Collection (DVD liner notes). Roxette. EMI. 2003. 7243 4 90946 9 7. 
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Roxette – Dressed For Success". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Roxette – Dressed For Success" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Roxette – Dressed For Success" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 6421." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Roxette – Dressed For Success". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Dressed For Success". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  9. ^ a b "Top Annuali Single: 1989" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Songs from the Year 1989". tsort.info. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Roxette – Dressed For Success". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  12. ^ "Lista Przebojów Trójki - Polskie Radio Online: Notowanie nr399 - 14 października 1989". Polskie Radio (in Polish). 14 October 1989. Retrieved 18 February 2017. 
  13. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Roxette – Dressed For Success". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Roxette – Dressed For Success". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Roxette: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  17. ^ "Roxette – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Roxette. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  18. ^ a b "ARIA End Of Year Singles 1989 | Top 50 Australian Singles Chart". ARIA Charts. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 18 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "Top 100 Singles of '89". RPM. RPM Library Archives. 23 December 1989. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  20. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1989" (in German). Swiss Music Charts. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  21. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Roxette – Dressed For Success". Music Canada. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  22. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 

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