Part-Time Lover

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"Part-Time Lover"
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Single by Stevie Wonder
from the album In Square Circle
B-side "Instrumental"
Released August 24, 1985
Recorded Summer 1985
Genre Pop, R&B, soul, synthpop
Length Album version: 4:12
7" version: 3:43
12" version: 8:20
Label Tamla
Songwriter(s) Stevie Wonder
Producer(s) Stevie Wonder
Stevie Wonder singles chronology
"We Are The World"
(1985)
"Part-Time Lover"
(1985)
"That's What Friends Are For"
(1985)

"We Are The World"
(1985)
"Part-Time Lover"
(1985)
"That's What Friends Are For"
(1985)

"Part-Time Lover" is a single by Stevie Wonder, from his 1985 album In Square Circle. The song reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, R&B, dance, and adult contemporary charts. The song's simultaneous chart successes made Wonder the first artist to score a number-one hit on four different Billboard charts. The song was also released as a special 12" version.

"Part-Time Lover" also reached number three on the UK Singles Chart thanks in large part to a performance by Wonder on Top of the Pops in late 1985.

The song featured R&B singer Luther Vandross singing the ad-libs and backing vocals, in addition to Wonder's ex-wife and fellow singer-songwriter Syreeta Wright and Philip Bailey of R&B/funk band Earth, Wind and Fire. Wonder earned a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in 1986, for the song. Wonder is noted in the liner notes of the 4-CD set Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection Volume 2 1972-1992 as describing the music for the song as an ode to "You Can't Hurry Love" and "My World Is Empty Without You", both by the Supremes, former Motown labelmates of Wonder.

Chart history[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1985-86) Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)[1] 3
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 11
Belgium (VRT Top 30 Flanders)[3] 1
Canada (RPM 100 Singles)[4] 1
France (SNEP)[5] 3
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 12
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 1
Italy (FIMI)[8] 2
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 17
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 5
Spain (AFYVE)[12] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 5
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[15] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[16] 1
Chart (2018) Peak
position
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[17] 94

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Rank
Australia [18] 29
Canada [19] 9
New Zealand [20] 34
UK [21] 37
US Billboard Hot 100[22] 22

Cover versions[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, synthesizers, drums
  • Luther Vandross – lead vocal, background vocal
  • Syreeta Wright, Philip Bailey, Keith John, Melody McCully, Billy Durham, Peter Byrne, Renee Hardaway, Darryl Phinnessee - background vocal[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forum – ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts – Top 100 End of Year AMR Charts – 1980s". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  3. ^ "part time lover - stevie wonder". VRT (in Dutch). Top30-2.radio2.be. Archived from the original on 9 April 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2013.  Hoogste notering in de top 30 : 1
  4. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 42, No. 22, September 10, 1985". Library and Archives Canada. Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Lescharts.com – Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  7. ^ "Chart Track: Week 29, 1985". Irish Singles Chart.
  8. ^ "I singoli più venduti del 1985". HitParadeItalia (in Italian). Creative Commons. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
    10. Part Time Lover - Stevie Wonder [#1]
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Stevie Wonder" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  10. ^ "Charts.nz – Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover". VG-lista.
  12. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 1985). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  13. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover". Singles Top 100.
  14. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Stevie Wonder – Part Time Lover". Swiss Singles Chart.
  15. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  16. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (1940-10-14). "Stevie Wonder | Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-28. 
  17. ^ "Listy bestsellerów, wyróżnienia :: Związek Producentów Audio-Video". Polish Airplay Top 100. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  18. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  19. ^ "RPM's Top 100 Singles of 1985". RPM. Vol. 43 no. 16. 28 December 1985. Retrieved 30 July 2017. 
  20. ^ "End of Year Charts 1985". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved July 16, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Top 100 Singles". Music Week. London, England: Spotlight Publications. 24 January 1987. p. 24. 
  22. ^ Musicoutfitters.com
  23. ^ "Bobby Valentin: Hot Latin Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. September 27, 1986. 
  24. ^ "In Square Circle on". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 

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