Let's Hear It for the Boy

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"Let's Hear It for the Boy"
Deniece Williams the Boy.jpeg
Single by Deniece Williams
from the album Footloose and Let's Hear It for the Boy
Released February 14, 1984
Recorded 1983
Length 4:21
Label Columbia
Producer(s) George Duke
Deniece Williams singles chronology
"Love Won't Let Me Wait"
"Let's Hear It for the Boy"
"Next Love"
"Love Won't Let Me Wait"
"Let's Hear It for the Boy"
"Next Love"

"Let's Hear It for the Boy" was the second number-one song for Deniece Williams and appeared on the soundtrack to the feature film Footloose. It climbed to number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on May 26, 1984, as well as number one on the dance and R&B charts,[1][2] and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, and was certified platinum in the US, gold in Canada and silver in the UK by the RIAA, Music Canada and the British Phonographic Industry respectively.[3][4][5] The music video was released in mid-April 1984.[6] The song features background vocals from George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, who would go on to form the duo Boy Meets Girl.

In 2017 the song was covered by UK Hi-Nrg dance artist, Allan Jay in aid of The Retired Greyhound Trust and their Let's Hear It For The Boy campaign.

Music video[edit]

There is an official music video of this song, featuring Williams along with several young men, one of them being the singer Aaron Lohr as the young boy who is the first person to appear in the video.[7]


Chart (1984) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[8] 3
Germany (GfK) 10
Switzerland (Swiss Hitparade) 19
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 2
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 1
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard) 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 1

Credits and personnel[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 625. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 280. 
  3. ^ British Phonographic Industry certification for Let's Hear It for the Boy Archived 2013-01-11 at WebCite
  4. ^ "Gold & Platinum – RIAA". 
  5. ^ "Page not found". Music Canada. 
  6. ^ "Rolling Stones plan to do video, concert in L.A. during Olympics". The Ledger. May 3, 1984. p. 2A. Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Deniece Williams: Let's Hear It for the Boy". MTV. Retrieved February 16, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 Singles 1984". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Deniece Williams – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Deniece Williams.
Preceded by
"I Want it to Be Real" by John Rocca
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single
May 19, 1984
Succeeded by
"Land of Hunger" by Earons
Preceded by
"Hello" by Lionel Richie
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
May 26, 1984 – June 8, 1984
Succeeded by
"Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper
Preceded by
"Don't Waste Your Time" by Yarbrough & Peoples
Billboard Hot Black Singles number-one single
June 2, 1984 – June 16, 1984
Succeeded by
"Lovelite" by O'Bryan