High Energy (Evelyn Thomas song)

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"High Energy"
High energy.jpg
Single by Evelyn Thomas
from the album High Energy
B-side "Instrumental dub"
Released April 1984
Format 7" single, 12" maxi
Recorded 1984, Trident Studios, London[1]
Genre Hi-NRG[2]
Length 7:50
Label TSR Records, Ariola, Shack, Nunk
Songwriter(s) Ian Levine, Fiachra Trench
Producer(s) Ian Levine and Fiachra Trench
Evelyn Thomas singles chronology
"High Energy"
"High Energy"

"High Energy" is the title of a 1984 song by co-written and co-produced by Ian Levine (British) and Fiachra Trench (Irish), and performed by American dance singer Evelyn Thomas. The song was very popular in dance clubs around the world, and it topped the American dance chart in September of that year. It also spent four weeks atop the singles chart in Germany,[3] and peaked at #5 in the UK.[4] It became one of the earliest successful songs within the genre of music that has come to be known as Hi-NRG. On the SoBe Music compilation album Gay Classics, Volume 1: Ridin' the Rainbow, the liner notes describe the song as "...engagingly captur[ing] the spirit of the genre through uplifting lyrics tightly fused with dazzling synth work".

Music video[edit]

The song's video featured Thomas standing on a platform performing the song while everyone around her is dancing.

Track listings[edit]

7" single
  1. "High Energy" – 3:48
  2. "High Energy" (instrumental dub) – 3:30
12" maxi
  1. "High Energy" (vocal) – 7:50
  2. "High Energy" (instrumental dub) – 7:28


Chart (1984) Peak
Australian Singles Chart[5] 98
Austrian Singles Chart[6] 5
Dutch Mega Top 100[6] 8
Eurochart Hot 100 1
French SNEP Singles Chart[6] 1 18
German Singles Chart[3] 1
Irish Singles Chart[7] 12
Norwegian Singles Chart[6] 9
Spain (AFYVE)[8] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[6] 3
UK Singles Chart[4] 5
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 85
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[10] 1

1 The French Singles Chart began to be published on November 4, 1984

Preceded by
"Two Tribes" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
German number-one single
August 3, 1984 - August 24, 1984
Succeeded by
"Reach out" by Giorgio Moroder
Preceded by
"The Glamorous Life" by Sheila E.
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
September 1, 1984
Succeeded by
"Caribbean Queen" by Billy Ocean
Preceded by
"Self Control" by Laura Branigan
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
September 15, 1984 - September 22, 1984
Succeeded by
"I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder

See also[edit]


  1. ^ High Energy at discogs (Retrieved June 22, 2013)
  2. ^ Jones, Alan; Kantonen, Jussi (2000). Saturday Night Forever: The Story of Disco. A Cappella Books. p. 173. ISBN 1-55652-411-0. 
  3. ^ a b "Offizielle Deutsche Charts > Evelyn Thomas – High Energy (single)" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved October 15, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Official Charts > Evelyn Thomas". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved October 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 308. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.  N.B. the Kent Report chart was licensed by ARIA between mid 1983 and June 19, 1988.
  6. ^ a b c d e "High Energy", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved March 26, 2009)
  7. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know > Search results for 'High Energy'". Fireball Media. Retrieved April 2, 2017. 
  8. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  9. ^ "Evelyn Thomas Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  10. ^ Billboard allmusic.com (Retrieved March 26, 2009)