Everytime You Go Away

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"Everytime You Go Away"
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Single by Paul Young
from the album The Secret of Association
B-side "This Means Anything"
Released February 25, 1985
Format 7" single, 12" maxi, CD Single reissue
Recorded 1984
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:15 (7")
7:32 (12")
5:24 (album)
Label Columbia
Songwriter(s) Daryl Hall
Producer(s) Laurie Latham
Paul Young singles chronology
"Love of the Common People"
"Everytime You Go Away"
"I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down"
"Love of the Common People"
"Everytime You Go Away"
"I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down"

"Everytime You Go Away" is a song written and composed by Daryl Hall. It was first recorded in 1980 by the American duo Hall & Oates but was not released as a single. The song became an international hit when covered by English singer Paul Young in 1985.[1] There have also been several other versions of this song.

Hall and Oates version[edit]

The original version of "Everytime You Go Away" appeared on Hall & Oates's 1980 studio album, Voices, although it was not released as a single. Hall & Oates also recorded it for their 1985 concert album Live at the Apollo.


Additional personnel
  • Ralph Schuckett: organ
  • Mike Klvana: equipment technician

Paul Young version[edit]


English singer Paul Young recorded a cover of "Everytime You Go Away" for his studio album The Secret of Association in 1985. His cover features a combination of echoed piano, the distinctive fretless bass of Pino Palladino and an electric sitar, (Coral) and Ovation Spanish acoustic which were both played by John Turnbull.

Young's version hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 27, 1985 and was one of two top 10 hits he had on the U.S. pop singles chart. It also topped the U.S. adult contemporary chart for two weeks. The song peaked at No. 4 in the UK, Young's home country. The song won Best British Video at the 1986 Brit Awards.[2] It was one of the songs he played at Live Aid.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "Everytime You Go Away" – 4:15
  2. "This Means Anything" – 3:13
12" maxi
  1. "Everytime You Go Away" (extended version) – 7:32
  2. "This Means Anything" – 3:13
15" album
  1. "Everytime You Go Away" – 4:28


Country Certification Date Sales certified
Canada[3] Gold August 13, 1985 50,000
UK[4] Silver April 1, 1985 250,000
U.S.[5] Gold January 17, 1990 500,000

Chart performance[edit]

Other versions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ John Leland (August 1985). Paul Young: "Everytime You Go Away" b/w "This Means Anything" (Columbia). Spin magazine. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  2. ^ "1986 Brit Awards – Winners". Brits.co.uk. Retrieved July 7, 2012
  3. ^ Canada certifications cria.ca Archived April 12, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  4. ^ UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  5. ^ U.S. certifications riaa.com Archived June 26, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  6. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  7. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Every Time You Go Away", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  9. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie Archived 2009-06-03 at WebCite (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  10. ^ "Every Time You Go Away", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  11. ^ a b c Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  12. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, August 3, 1985
  13. ^ "RPM's Top 100 Singles of 1985". RPM. Vol. 43 no. 16. 28 December 1985. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  14. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  15. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 28, 1985
  16. ^ Yahoo Movies – "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" credits
  17. ^ "Here Comes The Reign Again: The Second British Invasion" (kickstarter.com)

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Preceded by
"A View to a Kill" by Duran Duran
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
July 27, 1985
Succeeded by
"Shout" by Tears for Fears
Preceded by
"Who's Holding Donna Now" by DeBarge
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
August 10, 1985 – August 17, 1985
Succeeded by
"Cherish" by Kool & the Gang
Preceded by
"Never Surrender" by Corey Hart
Canadian RPM Singles Chart number-one single
August 3, 1985
Succeeded by
"You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" by Dead or Alive