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
Length 4:06
3:49 (single version)
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) John DeNicola, Franke Previte
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.[1] 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 song 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".[2]


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 for the film Dirty Dancing, in 1987.[3]

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 sound track music had "horrible deaths", but Carmen recorded a very popular song that can still be heard on radio stations and TV commercials.[3]

Chart performance[edit]


  1. ^ Dennis Hunt (December 24, 1987). "Carmen Re-Sees Success With 'Hungry Eyes'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Hungry Eyes", in various singles charts (Retrieved February 3, 2014)
  3. ^ a b "Welcome to" Welcome to N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Feb. 2014.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved April 25, 2014. 
  5. ^ " – Eric Carmen – Hungry Eyes" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ " – Eric Carmen Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  7. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Eric Carmen search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
  8. ^ " – Eric Carmen – Hungry Eyes". Top 40 Singles.
  9. ^ " – Eric Carmen – Hungry Eyes". Singles Top 100.
  10. ^ "Eric Carmen: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  11. ^ "Eric Carmen – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Eric Carmen. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
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  13. ^ "Eric Carmen – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Eric Carmen. Retrieved May 16, 2017.
  14. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 4, 2014. Retrieved July 30, 2014. 
  16. ^ Carolyn Hope. "Barry's Hits of All Decades Pop rock n roll Music Chart Hits". 
  17. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1988/Top 100 Songs of 1988". 

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