Say You, Say Me

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"Say You, Say Me"
Lionel-Richie-Say-You-Say-Me.jpg
Single by Lionel Richie
from the album Dancing on the Ceiling
B-side "Can't Slow Down"
Released October 1985
Format CD single, 7" single, 12" single
Recorded 1985
Length 4:03
Label Motown
Writer(s) Lionel Richie[1]
Producer(s) Lionel Richie
James Anthony Carmichael
Certification Gold (RIAA) , Gold, Platinum (Music Canada)
Lionel Richie singles chronology
"Penny Lover"
(1984)
"Say You, Say Me"
(1985)
"Dancing on the Ceiling"
(1986)

"Say You, Say Me" is a song written and recorded by Lionel Richie for the film White Nights, starring Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines.[1] The single hit number 1 in the US[2] and on the R&B singles chart[3] in December 1985. It became Richie's ninth number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.[4] The track is not available on the soundtrack album to the film, because Motown did not want Richie's first single since the Can't Slow Down album to appear on another record label. It finally appeared on the Dancing on the Ceiling album released in 1986. A 50 sec clip was used in an episode of TV show "Valerie" in 1987.

The track won an Academy Award for Best Original Song and a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song as well.[1] A music video was also made for the song.

In 2008, the song was ranked at #74 of the top songs of all time on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, commemorating the first 50 years of the chart.[5]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart succession[edit]

Order of precedence
Preceded by
"Take On Me" by A-ha
Dutch Single Top 100 number-one single
30 November 1985 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Nikita" by Elton John
Preceded by
"The Power of Love" by Jennifer Rush
VG-lista number-one single
7 December 1985 – 1 February 1986 (9 weeks)
Succeeded by
"West End Girls" by Pet Shop Boys
Preceded by
"Separate Lives" by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
7 December 1985 – 4 January 1986 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder
Preceded by
"Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister
RPM number-one Top Single
21 December 1985 - 11 January 1986 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Everything in My Heart" by Corey Hart
Preceded by
"Separate Lives" by Phil Collins and Marilyn Martin
RPM Adult Contemporary number-one single
21 December 1985 - 18 January 1986 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder
Preceded by
"Life is life" by Opus
CHUM Chart number-one single
21 December 1985 - 4 January 1986 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco
Preceded by
"Broken Wings" by Mr. Mister
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
21 December 1985 - 11 January 1986 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder
Cash Box Top 100 number-one single
21 December 1985 – 18 January 1986 (5 weeks)
Preceded by
"Take On Me" by A-ha
Sverigetopplistan number-one single
8 January 1986 – 26 February 1986 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Brother Louie" by Modern Talking
Preceded by
"Don't Say No Tonight" by Eugene Wilde
Billboard Hot Black number-one single
11 January 1986 – 18 January 1986 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"That's What Friends Are For" by Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder
Preceded by
"Around My Dream" by Silver Pozzoli
Springbok Radio number-one single
12 January 1986 – 9 February 1986 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Nikita" by Elton John
Preceded by
"Nikita" by Elton John
Schweizer Hitparade number-one single
12 January 1986 (1 week)
Succeeded by
"Jeanny" by Falco


Lionel Richie and Rasmus Seebach version[edit]

"Say You, Say Me"
Single by Lionel Richie and Rasmus Seebach
from the album Tuskegee
Released February 24, 2012
Recorded 2012
Genre Country, pop
Length 5:09
Label Mercury
Writer(s) Lionel Richie
Producer(s) Dann Huff, Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie singles chronology
"Endless Love"
(2012)
"Say You, Say Me"
(2012)
Rasmus Seebach singles chronology
"Millionær"
(2011)
"Say You, Say Me"
(2012)

In 2012, Lionel Richie re-recorded the song with Danish pop singer-songwriter Rasmus Seebach.[48] The duet is featured on Richie's album Tuskegee, for which Richie has picked a host of best-selling singers from around the world in collaborations.[49]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Say You, Say Me" – 5:09

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Denmark (Tracklisten)[50] 3

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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