Every Time I Close My Eyes

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"Every Time I Close My Eyes"
Everytime I Close My Eyes.jpg
Single by Babyface
from the album The Moment and The Day
B-side "Lady, Lady"
Released January 14, 1997
Format
Recorded 1996
Genre
Length 4:58 (album version)
4:11 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s) Babyface
Producer(s) Babyface
Babyface singles chronology
"This Is for the Lover in You"
(1996) This Is for the Lover in You1996
"Every Time I Close My Eyes"
(1997) Every Time I Close My Eyes1997
"How Come, How Long"
(1997) How Come, How Long1997

"Every Time I Close My Eyes" is a song written, produced and performed by American musician Babyface. It was released as the second single from his album The Day. Mariah Carey serves as a backing vocalist and Kenny G performs a sax solo on the recording.

This release met with commercial and critical acclaim, peaking at number six in the Billboard Hot 100 chart in United States and at number 13 in the United Kingdom. At the 40th Grammy Awards this song received a nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

Song information[edit]

The track was written, produced and performed by Babyface and includes internationally acclaimed American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey performing backing vocals, one year after Babyface did the same for her on "Melt Away", a track written by both and produced by Carey, included on her album Daydream. It also has a participation by Kenny G playing sax. In the Entertainment Weekly review of The Moment, the 1996 release by Kenny G, which also includes this song, the collaboration was criticised as being "out of place" on the album and a "mismatch" on the basis that it focused too much on the vocals and made Kenny G seem like "a sideman on yet another Babyface hit", but praised the song itself as "a great tune" and stated "...it will sound great on the radio".[1] On the Allmusic review, this track was awarded with 3 stars out of 5.[2]

At the 40th Grammy Awards this song received a nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, which it lost to "Candle in the Wind" by Elton John.[3] For the music video of this single, Babyface received a MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Male Video, losing to "Devil's Haircut" by Beck.[4]

Track listing[edit]

CD single[2]
  1. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (Radio edit) – 4:11
  2. "Lady, Lady" – 4:23
Digital download[5]
  1. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (Timbaland remix) – 4:51
UK CD maxi single (6642492)[6]
  1. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (Radio edit) – 4:12
  2. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (Linslee Campbell remix) – 5:53
  3. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (Every Time I Feel the Groove remix) – 4:43
  4. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (Every Time I Feel The Funk remix) – 4:44
  5. "Every Time I Close My Eyes" (House of Music remix) – 5:13

Chart performance[edit]

The track debuted at number 19 in the Billboard Hot 100 on 02/01/1997[7] and climb to its peak at number six seven weeks later, spending 26 weeks in the chart.[8] On the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, peaked at number 5.[9] Overseas, the single reached number 13 on the UK Singles Chart. At the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Year-End charts of 1997, this song ranked at number 26.[10][11] "Every Time I Close My Eyes" was certified gold by the RIAA and sold 700,000 copies.[12][13]

Chart (1997-98) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[14] 40
Germany (Official German Charts)[15] 87
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 93
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[17] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[18] 13
UK R&B (Official Charts Company)[19] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[20] 6
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[21] 17
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[22] 29
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[23] 5
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[24] 12
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[25] 4

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to "Every Time I Close My Eyes":[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Considine, J.D. (1996-10-18). "Nothin' but a G Thang D". Entertainment Weekly. Entertainment Weekly and Time Inc. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  2. ^ a b c "Every Time I Close My Eyes". Allmusic. Macromedia Corporation. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  3. ^ "40th Grammy Awards". Rock on the Net. 1998-02-25. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  4. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards of 1997". Rock on the Net. 1997-09-04. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  5. ^ "Every Time I Close My Eyes (Timbaland remix)". Amazon. Amazon, Inc. 2001-02-06. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  6. ^ "Every Time I Close My Eyes (Timbaland remix)". Eli.com. Retrieved 2009-01-12. 
  7. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1997-02-01. Retrieved 2006-01-12. [dead link]
  8. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1997-03-22. Archived from the original on July 8, 2013. Retrieved 2006-01-12. 
  9. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1997-03-01. Archived from the original on November 10, 2013. Retrieved 2006-01-12. 
  10. ^ "The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1997-12-31. Retrieved 2006-01-12. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1997-12-31. Retrieved 2006-01-12. [dead link]
  12. ^ "American certifications – Babyface – Every Time I Close My Eyes". Recording Industry Association of America. 
  13. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1997". Billboard. BPI Communications Inc. 110 (5): 76. January 31, 1998. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 31, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Babyface – Every Time I Close My Eyes". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  15. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Babyface – Every Time I Close My Eyes". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Babyface – Every Time I Close My Eyes" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  17. ^ "Charts.nz – Babyface – Every Time I Close My Eyes". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  18. ^ "Babyface: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  19. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  20. ^ "Babyface Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  21. ^ "Babyface Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  22. ^ "Babyface Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  23. ^ "Babyface Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  24. ^ "Babyface Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  25. ^ "Babyface Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2017.