Save Tonight

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"Save Tonight"
EagleEyeCherry - SaveTonight - SingleCover.jpg
Single by Eagle-Eye Cherry
from the album Desireless
Released 7 October 1997 (1997-10-07)
(See release history)
Format 12", cassette, CD
Recorded 1997
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 3:55
Label Work
Writer(s) Eagle-Eye Cherry
Producer(s) Adam Kviman
Eagle-Eye Cherry singles chronology
"Save Tonight"
"When Mermaids Cry"

"Save Tonight" is a song by Swedish rock musician Eagle-Eye Cherry and the lead single from his 1997 debut album, Desireless. It is the album's opening track and gained substantial radio success, reaching number 3 in Ireland, number 5 in the US, number 6 in the UK, and number 2 in Cherry's native Sweden. It was voted song of the year by New Zealand radio station "The Edge" in 1997. "Save Tonight" is considered the signature song of Eagle-Eye Cherry. It was awarded a Rockbjörnen award in the "Swedish song of the year 1997" category.[1]

Music video[edit]

The monochrome video for the song, filmed at Skånegatan 92-94 in Stockholm's Södermalm district, features Cherry playing different characters and seeing the story from different perspectives. The first is a man readying for a date by buying roses and a bottle of wine at a deli. He then tells the butcher "goodbye" and the camera reveals that the butcher is in fact Cherry himself. A robber wearing tights (bought in the very first scene of the music video, which is watched by Cherry via shop window) then comes along and takes the money out of the cash register. As he leaves, however, he is run over by a pickup truck, and as bystanders help him up, he is revealed to actually be Cherry, as well as the driver in the truck. Another Cherry is seen playing a guitar and another is a bum on the street. The "first" Cherry appears once again at the end of the video, walking to the home of his date. The video presents itself as being one continuous take.

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Save Tonight".

  • Cassette
  1. "Save Tonight" - 3:55
  2. "Conversation" - 4:55
  • CD single
  1. "Save Tonight" - 3:55
  2. "Save Tonight" (Bacon & Quarmby remix) - 3:36
  3. "Conversation" - 4:55
  • CD Enhanced maxi single
  1. "Save Tonight" (radio edit) - 3:59
  2. "Save Tonight" (Bacon & Quarmby remix) - 3:36
  3. "Conversation" - 4:53
  4. "Save Tonight" (video) - 3:09

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
Sweden 7 October 1997 (1997-10-07)
Most of Europe 31 March 1998 (1998-03-31)
United Kingdom 22 June 1998 (1998-06-22)
United States 6 October 1998 (1998-10-06)


Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1997–99) Peak position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 20
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 17
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[5] 27
Canada Alternative 30 (RPM)[6] 9
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[7] 6
France (SNEP)[8] 11
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 18
Ireland (IRMA) 3
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[10] 8
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[11] 35
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 9
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[13] 2
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 7
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[15] 6
US Billboard Adult Top 40 3
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 8
US Billboard Hot 100 5
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 1
US Billboard Top 40 Tracks 1
US Billboard Adult Recurrents 1

End of year charts[edit]

End of year chart (1999) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[16] 22

E.M.D. version[edit]

Release information[edit]

"Save Tonight"
EMD - Save Tonight.jpg
Single by E.M.D.
from the album Rewind
Released May 28, 2010
Format CD, Digital Download
Recorded 2010
Genre Pop
Length 3:35
Label BMG
E.M.D. singles chronology
"Välkommen hem"
"Save Tonight"
"What Is Love"
Alternative cover
Digital cover

In 2010 Swedish boy band E.M.D. released a cover version of "Save Tonight" as the first single from their second studio album Rewind. Released first through digital stores on May 28, the single received a physical release on June 16.

Track listing[edit]

  • CD single
  1. "Save Tonight" - 3:35
  • Digital single
  1. "Save Tonight" - 3:35

Chart performance[edit]

The single peaked at number three on the Swedish singles chart.[17]

Chart (2010) Peak
Swedish Singles Chart 3


Preceded by
Gå & fiska! by Gyllene Tider
Rockbjörnen award for "Swedish Song of the year"
Succeeded by
Big Big World by Emilia Rydberg


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