The song was written by Cooper and Dick Wagner. The song reached number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number nine on Cash Box in January 1977. In Canada, it spent two weeks at number five.
On an episode of his radio show broadcast on November 23, 2009 Cooper stated that "I Never Cry" was his biggest selling single, though he did not supply evidence The song was, however, his only gold record in the US besides his comeback hit in 1989, "Poison". "I Never Cry" was written about Cooper's experience with alcoholism, which one year later sent the performer into rehab. He called the song "an alcoholic confession".
It is still a smash hit in the Philippines up until now, especially during singing contests or during 70's - 80's music genre music shows.
OPM R&B artist Jay-R performed the song in season 1 of the Philippine singing competition Your Face Sounds Familiar with a full impersonation of Alice Cooper. Cooper acknowledged the performance in a tweet.