I Melt with You

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For the film, see I Melt with You (film).
"I Melt with You"
Single by Modern English
from the album After the Snow
Released May 4, 1982
Format 7" Single
Recorded 1982
Genre New wave, post-punk
Length 3:50 (7" Mix)
4:11 (Album Version)
Label 4AD, Sire, TVT
Writer(s) Modern English (Robbie Grey, Gary McDowell, Richard Brown, Michael Conroy, Stephen Walker)[1]
Producer(s) Hugh Jones
Modern English singles chronology
"Life in the Gladhouse"
"I Melt with You"
"Someone's Calling"

"I Melt with You" is a song by the British post-punk/new wave band Modern English. The song, produced by Hugh Jones, was a single from the 1982 album After the Snow.


The song reached No. 7 on Billboard's Top Tracks chart and No. 78 on work Billboard Hot 100 in 1983.[2] The song gained popularity due to its airplay on MTV in early 1983 and its use in the ending titles and in a "falling in love" montage sequence in Valley Girl the same year. It is ranked No. 39 on VH1's 100 greatest songs of the '80s and No. 7 on VH1's 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.

Subsequent recordings[edit]

The band re-recorded it in 1990 for their album Pillow Lips, the re-released version peaking at No. 76 on the Billboard Hot 100. The reformed original line up of the band re-recorded it again in 2010 in a completely reworked style for inclusion in the movie I Melt With You.

Meaning of lyrics[edit]

According to vocalist Robbie Grey, the song is about a couple having sex as nuclear bombs fall.[3]


  1. ^ "BMI Repertoire Search". BMI. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Modern English - Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved March 15, 2014. 
  3. ^ Interview with vocalist Robbie Grey on Valley Girl 20th anniversary DVD special features, MGM Home Entertainment, 2003.

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