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"
Released November 7, 1987
Recorded 1987; Beachwood Studios (Beachwood, Ohio)
Genre Pop rock, soft rock[1]
  • 4:06
  • 3:49 (single version)
Label RCA
Producer(s) Eric Carmen
Eric Carmen singles chronology
"The Rock Stops Here"
"Hungry Eyes"
"Make Me Lose Control"

"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]

The music video featured Carmen with model Sally Steele, 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 Making The Points. 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.[5]


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

Chart performance[edit]

Uses in popular culture[edit]

The song appears in a 2017 TV commercial for Applebee's.[27]

The song also appeared in a 2012 M&M's commercial.

The song appears in the 2016 film Sausage Party.

Cover versions[edit]

In 2004, British dance group Eyeopener covered "Hungry Eyes." Their disco 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.[28]


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  3. ^ Stephen Lee Naish (2017). Deconstructing Dirty Dancing. John Hunt Publishing. p. 9. ISBN 978-1-78279-972-6.
  4. ^ "Hungry Eyes", in various singles charts (Retrieved February 3, 2014)
  5. ^ "Welcome to" Welcome to N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2014.
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  15. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
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  19. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, February 13, 1988
  20. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  21. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Hungry Eyes". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved June 6, 2018.
  22. ^ UK Official Charts, November 20, 2004
  23. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 4, 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  24. ^ Carolyn Hope. "Barry's Hits of All Decades Pop rock n roll Music Chart Hits".
  25. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1988/Top 100 Songs of 1988".
  26. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 31, 1988
  27. ^ "Applebee's 2 for $20 TV Commercial, 'Hungry Eyes' Song by Eric Carmen". Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  28. ^ "Sheba - Karaoke Cat Hungry Eyes". Retrieved January 6, 2018.

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