Promises, Promises (Naked Eyes song)

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"Promises, Promises"
Naked Eyes Promises, Promises single cover.jpg
Single by Naked Eyes
from the album Burning Bridges
B-side "Low Life "
"(What) In the Name of Love"
"A Very Hard Act To Follow"
Released 1983
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1983
Genre Synth-pop,Funk
Length 3:43
Label EMI
Songwriter(s) Pete Byrne
Rob Fisher
Producer(s) Tony Mansfield
Naked Eyes singles chronology
"Voices In My Head"
"Promises, Promises"
"When the Lights Go Out"
"Voices In My Head"
"Promises, Promises"
"When the Lights Go Out"

"Promises, Promises" was the second hit single for the British group Naked Eyes in 1983. The song went on to become a top-20 hit in the US that October, peaking at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.[1] It was their follow up to their earlier hit "Always Something There to Remind Me" by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, which was a top-ten hit in the U.S. in mid-1983. (Although Bacharach and David had also written a song titled "Promises, Promises" for the musical of the same name, the Naked Eyes song was an original song written by the band members, Pete Byrne and Rob Fisher.) Madonna performs background vocals on the Jellybean 7" and 12" mixes of the song. These versions weren't released until 2001 in the compilation album Everything and More.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[2] 13
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[3] 15
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 95
US Billboard Hot 100[1] 11
US Dance Music/Club Play Singles (Billboard)[1] 32
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[1] 19

Cover versions[edit]

  • In 2014, singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston released a cover version of the song on the multi-artist compilation album Here Comes The Reign Again: The Second British Invasion.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Naked Eyes - Charts & Awards - Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-18. 
  2. ^ Canadian peak
  3. ^ " – Naked Eyes – Promises, Promises". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2010-07-18.
  4. ^ "Naked Eyes: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2010-07-18.
  5. ^ "Promises, Promises - Curry Cuts". Curry Cuts. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 

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