Innocent (Alexander O'Neal song)

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Single by Alexander O'Neal
from the album Alexander O'Neal
B-side"Are You the One?"
Length10:31 (album version)
4:43 (single version)
Songwriter(s)Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Producer(s)Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis
Alexander O'Neal singles chronology
"If You Were Here Tonight"

"Innocent" is a song written by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and recorded by American recording artist Alexander O'Neal, whose original version was released as his first solo single in 1985 on Tabu Records. It is also a single from the singer's self-titled debut solo album, Alexander O'Neal (1985). The song's distinctive backing vocals were performed by Cherrelle. The song's time was edited for release as a single, with the album version being a medley consisting of "Innocent"/"Alex 9000"/"Innocent II", and was just over six minutes longer.


The song was notably his only single from the album not to chart in the UK. However, the single became an immediate success in the US, reaching #11 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.[1]

Track listing[edit]

  • 12" (4Z9 05140)
  1. "Innocent" - 10:34
  2. "Innocent (Instrumental)" - 9:54
  • 7" Single (ZS4 04718)
  1. "Innocent" - 4:43
  2. "Are You the One?" - 3:41

Sales chart performance[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1985) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 101
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[2] 11


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 440.
  2. ^ a b "US Singles Charts > Alexander O'Neal". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-05-26.

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