Front cover of US 12-inch vinyl single
|Single by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins|
|from the album Chinese Wall|
|Released||November 1984 (US),
25 February 1985 (UK)
|Genre||Disco, pop rock, dance-rock|
|Length||4:50 (Single Edit)
5:02 (Album Version)
6:18 (Extended Version)
|Writer(s)||Philip Bailey, Phil Collins, Nathan East|
|Philip Bailey singles chronology|
"Easy Lover" is a hit song performed by Philip Bailey and Phil Collins and written by Bailey, Collins and Nathan East. The song appeared on Bailey's solo album Chinese Wall. Collins has performed the song in his live concerts and it appears on his 1990 album Serious Hits... Live!, as well as his 1998 compilation album, ...Hits.
The song was a No. 1 hit in several countries worldwide, including Canada, the Netherlands, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. In the U.S. it reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 on 2 February 1985, kept out of the top spot for two weeks by "I Want to Know What Love Is" by Foreigner. In the UK Singles Chart it reached No. 1, staying there for four weeks. The single was certified gold in the UK. The single sold over a million copies in the U.S. and was certified gold, as the RIAA requirement for a platinum single disc was not lowered to 1 million units until 1989. In addition, "Easy Lover" has been certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of over 400,000 in the UK and platinum in Canada by Music Canada.
In 1984 Phil Collins was hired as the producer for Chinese Wall. According to Phil Collins, he was approached by Philip Bailey at the end of the sessions for the album, who asked him to write a song together. In a 2016 interview Collins said of the song: "So we just started having a jam one night, and went round and round and turned it into a verse and a chorus. We recorded it that night so we wouldn't forget it. That song doesn't sound like any particular era. It's just fantastic."
Weekly singles charts
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||74|
|Austrian Singles Chart||18|
|Canada (The Record)||1|
|Dutch Top 40||1|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||5|
|French Singles Chart||14|
|German Singles Chart||5|
|Irish Singles Chart||1|
|Oricon Japanese Weekly Singles Chart||19|
|Oricon Japanese International Chart||1|
|New Zealand Top 50 ||2|
|Swedish Singles Chart||10|
|Swiss Singles Chart||8|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||2|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||15|
|U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||5|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||3|
|U.S. Cash Box Top 100 ||1|
|New Zealand ||42|
|US Billboard Hot 100 ||12|
|US Cash Box ||7|
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February 9, 1985 – February 16, 1985
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23 March 1985 - 13 April 1985
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4 March 1985 – 11 March 1985
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