Hungry Eyes

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"Hungry Eyes"
Hungry Eyes.jpg
Single by Eric Carmen
from the album Dirty Dancing
B-side"Where Are You Tonight"
ReleasedNovember 7, 1987
StudioBeachwood Studios (Beachwood, Ohio)
GenrePop rock, soft rock[1]
  • 4:11
  • 3:49 (single version)
Producer(s)Eric Carmen
Eric Carmen singles chronology
"The Rock Stops Here"
"Hungry Eyes"
"Make Me Lose Control"

"Hungry Eyes" is a song performed by American artist Eric Carmen, a former member of the band Raspberries, and was featured in the film Dirty Dancing (1987).[2] The song was recorded at Beachwood Studios in Beachwood, Ohio in 1987. "Hungry Eyes" peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #3 on the Cash Box Top 100 in 1988. The power ballad[3] was not released commercially in the UK, but it managed to peak at #82 in January 1988, having charted purely on import sales.

Songwriters Franke Previte and John DeNicola wrote the song, as well as another hit from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, "(I've Had) The Time of My Life".[4] John DeNicola revamped "Hungry Eyes" for his debut album "The Why Because" released October 2019. "Explaining his version, DeNicola says, "I thought it would be fun to record 'Hungry Eyes' in a way that would set it apart from the Dirty Dancing version and decided to try to make it sound like a modern indie-rock band imitating an 80's synth-pop song."" POPDUST. [5]

The music video featured Carmen with model Sally Steele,[citation needed] who later founded Vegas Rocks! Magazine.


Eric Carmen, the performer of "Hungry Eyes", had been the vocalist of the Raspberries. Carmen released his first solo album Eric Carmen, which contained the worldwide hit with "All By Myself".

"Hungry Eyes" was his biggest hit and was written in 1984 by John DeNicola and Franke Previte. It was originally recorded by Previte's band, Frankie and The Knockouts for their album Makin' the Point. Jimmy Ienner, the producer of Carmen's band from his early career, The Raspberries, asked him to sing this song for the Dirty Dancing album because he was familiar with Carmen's musical style. Carmen was hesitant to produce a song for another film sound track because he believed that soundtrack music had "horrible deaths", but Carmen recorded a very popular song that can still be heard on radio stations and TV commercials.[6]


The song was released commercially on 7" vinyl in many countries; plus, a 3-track 12" maxi single and 2-track cassette were produced. CD singles were a relatively new format; however, a 2-track Japanese mini CD single was commercially released in 1988.

Track listing[edit]

7" vinyl single - UK/US
1."Hungry Eyes"Franke Previte, John DeNicola3:49
2."Where Are You Tonight"Mark Scola3:59
12" vinyl single - UK
1."Hungry Eyes"Franke Previte, John DeNicola3:49
2."Where Are You Tonight"Mark Scola3:59
3."(I've Had) The Time of My Life (Full Length Film Version)"Donald Markowitz, Franke Previte, John DeNicola6:49
Cassette single - US
1."Hungry Eyes" (Song on side A1 and B1)Franke Previte, John DeNicola3:49
2."Where Are You Tonight" (Song on side A2 and B2)Mark Scola3:59
CD single - Japan
1."Hungry Eyes"Franke Previte, John DeNicola3:49
2."Where Are You Tonight"Mark Scola3:59



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] Gold 400,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Uses in popular culture[edit]

The song appears in the 2016 film Sausage Party and the English dub of Bad Cat. It also appears in TV commercials for Applebee's.

Cover versions[edit]

In 2004, British dance group Eyeopener covered "Hungry Eyes". Their house version reached #16 in the UK and #25 in Ireland. The song was their second of four singles with "Eyes" as the last word in the title.

A reworked version with altered lyrics by James Radford appears in a 2017 commercial for Sheba cat food in the UK.[30]

Greyson Chance covered the song in 2017 for the Dirty Dancing remake that was released that same year. The cover was released as a single and also on the film's soundtrack.


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