Jessie (song)

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Jessie by Joshua Kadison.jpg
Single by Joshua Kadison
from the album Painted Desert Serenade
Released May 11, 1993
Label SBK Records
Songwriter(s) Joshua Kadison
Joshua Kadison singles chronology
"Beautiful in My Eyes"

"Beautiful in My Eyes"
Music video
"Jessie" on YouTube

"Jessie" is a song by American artist Joshua Kadison. It was released in May 1993 as the debut lead single from the album Painted Desert Serenade, but did not become a hit in mainland Europe until 1994 and not until 1995 (on its third release, but after continuous commercial radio airplay) in the United Kingdom.


The song describes the narrator's tumultuous relationship with a woman named Jessie. The person named Jessie in this song was rumoured to be Sarah Jessica Parker,[1] with whom Kadison was involved at the time.

Critical reception[edit]

Network 40 wrote about the song: "A Soulful blusey delivery exemplifies the main strength of newcomer Joshua Kadison, who reaches new heights with this electrifying piano ballad."[2]

Track listing[edit]

CD single - 1993
  1. "Jessie" (Edit) - 4:19
  2. "Jessie" (Album Version) - 5:18
  3. "When a Woman Cries" - 3:31
  4. "All I Ever Ask" - 4:39

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly Charts[edit]

Chart (1993–95) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 15
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 29
Canada (RPM)[6] 36
Denmark (IFPI)[7] 6
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[8] 31
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 12
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40)[10] 13
Ireland (IRMA)[11] 16
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[12] 6
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[13] 10
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[14] 5
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[15] 12
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 29
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[17] 11
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[18] 15
US Billboard Hot 100 26
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 11
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 23