Everytime You Go Away

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"Everytime You Go Away"
Single by Paul Young
from the album The Secret of Association
B-side "This Means Anything"
Released 25 February 1985
Format 7" single, 12" maxi
Recorded 1984
Genre Soft rock
Length 4:15 (7")
7:32 (12")
5:24 (album)
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Daryl Hall
Producer(s) Laurie Latham
Paul Young singles chronology
"Love of the Common People"
"Every Time 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 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 & 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. In 2009, the original Hall & Oates song appeared in the film The Rebound.

Paul Young version[edit]

Young's version hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on July 27, 1985. It remains his only number-one hit 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]

Young's version 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.

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]

Chart (1985) Peak
Dutch Mega Top 100[6] 16
French SNEP Singles Chart[6] 16
German Singles Chart[6] 40
Irish IRMA Singles Chart[7] 2
Norwegian Singles Chart[6] 2
UK Singles Chart[8] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 1
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[9] 1
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks[9] 14

Other versions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ John Leland (August 1985). Paul Young: "Every Time You Go Away" b/w "This Means Anything" (Columbia). Spin magazine. Retrieved 2010-11-20. 
  2. ^ "1986 Brit Awards - Winners". Brits.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2012
  3. ^ Canada certifications cria.ca (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  4. ^ UK certifications Bpi.co.uk (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  5. ^ U.S. certifications riaa.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  6. ^ a b c d "Every Time You Go Away", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  7. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  8. ^ "Every Time You Go Away", UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  9. ^ a b c Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved January 12, 2009)
  10. ^ Yahoo Movies - "Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" credits
  11. ^ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/444321026/here-comes-the-reign-again-the-second-british-inva

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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